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Department of Urban Planning and Policy

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

About

Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $70
  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $20,300
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $33,500
  • Financial Aid Available

    checkbox-alt Yes

Our Program

Want a city that works? Plan it!

***The Fall 2020 application deadline for our Master of Urban Planning and Policy and Master of City Design programs has been extended to May 1, 2020. Apply today to join us this coming fall!****

Located just minutes from downtown Chicago and easily accessible by Chicago's exceptional public transportation, University of Illinois at Chicago is the city's only public research university. For nearly fifty years, the Department of Urban Planning and Policy's top-ranked Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program has advanced the university's urban commitment. We have a diverse student body, faculty comprised of accomplished scholars and practitioners, opportunities for research assistantships in our college's nine research centers and institutes, and ample internships across the Chicago region. We are the only planning program in Chicago that is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

We offer two master's degree programs and two certificates that prepare students for planning careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors:

  • Masters in Urban Planning and Policy
  • Masters in City Design
  • Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization
  • Certificate in Public Transit Planning and Management

Interested in learning more?

Contact upp@uic.edu to arrange a phone call, get in touch with a current student, or ask any questions that you may have!

Admissions

  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $70

Requirements

  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
  • checkbox-alt 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-alt Writing Sample
  • checkbox-alt Resume
  • checkbox-alt Unofficial Academic Transcripts
  • checkbox-alt Portfolio (MCD applicants only)

Additional Requirements

If MUPP applicants wish to be considered for departmental funding, they must apply by January 15 and must submit GRE scores. Departmental funding offers are only made for fall admissions.

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15 (priority funding ); February 15 (international); March 15 (domestic)

The Fall 2020 application deadline for our Master of Urban Planning and Policy and Master of City Design programs has been extended to May 1, 2020.

Spring: July 15 (international); November 1 (domestic)

Student Body

Inclusion

  • checkbox-alt US Department of Education Minority Serving Institution

Clubs & Associations

UPP graduate students are highly involved in the university and the community. In 2018, our Urban Planning and Policy Student Association (UPPSA) won the American Planning Association award for Best Student Planning Organization. To get in touch with UPPSA, please visit https://www.uppsa.org/

The department holds many guest lectures, panel discussions, and symposia throughout the year, most of which are free and open to the public. To check our events calendar, please visit https://cuppa.uic.edu/academics/upp/upp-events/

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $20,300
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $33,500

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Financial Aid Available