College of Urban Planning and
Public Affairs

A national leader and one of the nation’s largest graduate programs in urban planning, CUPPA teaches students to dig deeper into non-profit management and public policy. The Public Administration department research productivity is ranked #5 nationally, proving that our students are proactive in research that matters to them.

  • Over 500 students, including undergraduate and graduate students
  • 30+ full time faculty members

The Master of City Design at UIC focuses on the physical design elements of spatial relationships and interactions between people and places. Students will receive hands-on field-based studio learning to help with preparation for entry-level city/urban design employment and future study.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSThree letters of recommendation;
Personal statement of educational goals and career goals;
Portfolio comprising representative visual arts, design, research, and/or professional work such as an essay, academic paper or policy report, newspaper article, photographs, handmade sketches, computer generated graphics, design proposal or project of which sole author or designer.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESFour-year undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, urban planning or related disciplines is specified for this degree.

Degree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Urban Spatial Analysis and Visualization (4 credits)
  • Theories of Urban Design (4 credits)
  • Urban Edge Studio (8 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 38

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 54

An MPA degree prepares students with skills in policy analysis, leadership, financial management and more. The program curriculum includes Public Administration Theory, Managing Your Career and Economics for Management and Policy.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSThree letters of recommendation;
personal statement of professional goals and academic interests;
Resume;
5 to 10-page writing sample.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall, Spring
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Public Administration (4 credits)
  • Principles of Data Analysis (4 credits)
  • Economics for Management and Policy (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 54

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 54

Students use innovative concepts and technology to address urban issues. Coursework includes Global Urbanization and Planning, History and Theory of Urban Planning and Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Policy.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSThree letters of recommendation; personal statement of educational and career goals, and pertinent work, volunteer, and/or academic experience; resume; recent paper, essay, or project of at least 1,000 words in length of which the applicant is the sole author or designer.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall, Spring
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • History and Theory of Urban Planning (4 credits)
  • Urban Space, Place and Institutions (4 credits)
  • Planning Skills: Computers, Methods and Communication (4 credits)
  • Introduction to GIS for Planners (4 credits)
  • Global Urbanization and Planning (4 credits)
  • Specialization Course/Elective (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 60

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 60