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The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a comprehensive slate of engaged undergraduate and graduate programs for those looking to improve the communities in which they live. CUPPA features two undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees in addition to five graduate Master’s degrees in Public Administration (MPA), Public Policy (MPP), Civic Analytics (MSCA), City Design (MCD), and Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP); accelerated Bachelors and Masters programs; a MUPP and Master of Public Health Dual Degree; and two doctoral programs including a PhD in Public Administration and a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy.

UIC CUPPA is a national leader in public management, public policy, and urban planning education and research. We offer an innovative curriculum with over 200 courses in topics of utmost importance to the community builders and leaders of tomorrow.




Degrees Offered



Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
Nonprofit Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning



Graduate Program Overview

UIC CUPPA graduate degree programs aim to promote just, resilient, and livable communities through the work of engagement, coursework, and research.

The Master of Public Administration degree from UIC provides a professionally focused education in full-time, accelerated, and part-time options for a diverse set of public service careers in public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The degree requires a minimum of 54 credits in one of five areas of concentration: public management, nonprofit management, financial management, urban governance and management, public policy. The accelerated MPA is a full-time degree program designed so that full-time students can complete the program in 15 months. The MPA Capstone Course provides degree seekers with a practical, team-based experience in problem-solving within a public or nonprofit organization and must be taken during the last two semesters of the MPA program.

The Master of Public Policy degree from UIC prepares students to analyze and evaluate information in order to address complex policy issues. Students are required to complete a minimum of 54 credit hours including 38 credits in required core courses and 16 credits of electives. Students are required to prepare a portfolio of work demonstrating competencies gained in the MPP program including a reflective essay.

The Master of Civic Analytics degree from UIC provides a strong foundation in the areas of applied statistics, geospatial applications, and data-visualization balanced with traditional core subjects in public affairs. A minimum of 55 credits must be earned along with an internship or professional project.

The Master of City Design degree from UIC is an intensive degree focused on the physical design aspects of spatial relationships and interactions between people and places. The MCD operates as a one-year program (Fall, Spring, and Four-week Summer) requiring 38 credit hours.

The Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree at UIC is the only professional planning program in the Chicago metropolitan area that is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. A minimum of 60 credit hours is required including an internship, and portfolio or thesis.

The Master of Urban Planning and Policy and Master of Public Health Dual Degree Program offers study in Community Health Sciences, Environmental and Occupational Health Services, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Administration.

The doctoral program in Public Administration provides students with a rich and diverse education through a foundation of coursework targeted to interests and hands-on research training. The goal of the PhD in Public Administration is to add to the body of knowledge in a related field through disciplined academic research.

The doctoral program in Urban Planning and Policy has a traditional research focus preparing students for academic faculty positions as well as for careers in urban policy analysis and research.




Admissions Deadline

Priority and Financial Aid Deadline for Fall Semester is February 1.




Admissions Overview

Application materials include the UIC Graduate College Application (https://admissions.uic.edu/graduate-professional/apply#section_2), transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, one to two-page personal statement, resume, sample of written work, and TOEFL/ILETS scores for international applicants.

Contact Brenda Parker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, bkparker@uic.edu.




Contact Information

University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, MC 350, 412 S. Peoria Street
Chicago, IL

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