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Urban Studies undergraduate students

Study cities to effectively participate in the transformation of cities. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the complexity and diversity of cities as well as seek specializations in particular issues affecting urban areas. Find more info on the Urban Studies major, minor, and Geographic Information Systems minor on this page.


Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Public Information

All accredited planning programs publish certain information about their programs. You can see the MUPP program's information here.

Visiting UPP

Students are welcome to visit the department if they are in Chicago. UPP staff can assist in arranging visits to classes in session, meetings with current students, and attendance at UPP and CUPPA events during your visit.

Personal appointments to speak with a faculty member for information about our degree programs can be arranged by emailing upp@uic.edu.

The Urban Planning & Policy Program is located on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus at 412 S. Peoria in CUPPA Hall. Peoria is two blocks west of Halsted, and our office building is on the southwest corner of Peoria and Van Buren Streets. Van Buren is just north of the Eisenhower expressway (I-290). When you enter the building, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and go to reception.

Travel directions to the UIC campus are available on the UIC webpage.

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Open Houses

Students are welcome to attend an Open House to learn more about the MUPP program. In Fall 2015, Open House dates are:
Wednesday September 16 at 6 p.m. (registration 5:30)
Saturday October 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday October 21 at 6:00 p.m.
All will be held at Hull House Residents' Dining Hall
800 S. Halsted, 1st Floor
RSVP requested to upp@uic.edu.

Travel directions to the UIC campus are available on the UIC webpage.

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Programs / Degrees

Visit the Academic Programs page to learn about the Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP), PhD in Urban Planning and Policy, undergraduate degree in Urban and Public Affairs, and the department’s two certificate programs, Geospatial Analysis & Visualization, and Public Transit Planning & Management.

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions and degree requirements for the MUPP and PhD degrees are published in UIC’s Graduate College catalog.

The minimum requirement for admission to the certificate programs, or as a non-degree student in UPP requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. Students who wish to enroll only in the certificate program are admitted as non-degree students (but must specify their intention to earn the certificate by applying under the certificate curriculum code). Degree-seeking students wishing to complete the certificate program while earning their graduate degree should indicate in the personal statement required for admission their intentions to enroll in and complete the post-baccalaureate campus certificate concurrently. International students may not want to apply to this program because it is considered non-degree study; non-degree study on a student visa is not allowed.

Non-degree admission in UPP is appropriate for individuals who would like to take a course or group of courses for professional reasons. Application for non-degree status is not recommended for persons outside this category, since only a small number of non-degree students will be admitted each academic year.

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Application deadlines


For the MUPP program: The number of students admitted is limited. Admissions are selective and competitive. Submit your application early in order to receive fullest consideration. Admission to fall, early deadline to be considered for merit-based assistantships and scholarships awarded by the department is January 15. Deadline for international applicants is February 15, and final deadline for fall admissions is March 15. Admission for Spring semester deadline is July 15 for international applicants and November 1 for domestic applicants. UPP does not grant admission for summer semester.


For the PhD program: The number of students admitted is limited. Admissions are selective and competitive. Submit your application early in order to receive fullest consideration. Students are admitted for fall semester only; deadline is December 15.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs: Deadline is July 15 for fall semester and November 15 for spring semester.

Non-degree Students

Non-degree students in UPP: Deadline is August 1 for fall semester and November 15 for spring semester.

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How to apply

Please review the admissions requirements for MUPP or PhD, which details the supplemental credentials required.

If applying for merit-based financial assistance from the department, you are required to submit the Application for Graduate Appointment.

Application is online and students must submit all credentials electronically. Please check this page for all details pertaining to application requirements, submitting the online application and supplemental credentials.

Important note about uploading credentials

After filing the online application, there will be a 3-5 day delay before supplemental credentials can be uploaded. If the online application is filed by the deadline date, your application will be considered. Please submit all other credentials as soon as possible.

Instructions for document upload are here.

International students can view an FAQ here.

Checking Application Status

Checking application status: Application materials submitted electronically and received before the deadline will not be acknowledged; the date and time of submission is contained in the email and it will be noted in your application file that the deadline was met. Directions for checking the status of your application are here.

Institution codes for standardized tests: There is no department code, use the institution codes. The curriculum code for the

GRE – 1851 GMAT – 1929 TOEFL – 1851.

Curriculum Codes

UIC Curriculum codes: Please carefully check that you have used the correct UIC curriculum code on your application. Using a wrong code may delay review of application and acceptance into UIC. Students admitted as non-degree seeking will not be eligible for any financial assistance, including loan programs.

MUPP Curriculum Code: 20FS1786

MUPP PHD Curriculum Code: 20FS1785

PHD Non-Degree in UPP Curriculum Code: 20FS1786NDEG

Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Campus Certificate

Program Codes

Program code: 20FS5209NDEG (NDEG:Geospat Anlys (Cert) -UIC); Major: 9994 (Campus Certificate Program); Concentration: 5209 (Geospatial Analysis & Visual); Degree: NDEG

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Tuition & fees

Complete information about tuition and fees and a schedule by semester is available on the UIC Office of Admissions and Records website.

Non-degree students (including certificate students) are assessed range tuition and fees and the graduate tuition differential.

To find out if you qualify for in-state residency, check here. UPP staff cannot comment on residency issues or assist with this process.

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The Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC's Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program ranks 16th nationally in the Planetizen Guide to urban planning programs, and third in the Midwest. Among educators, the department ranks 13th nationally. Planetizen publishes the only rankings of urban planning programs in the country. Detailed information about the MUPP and PhD programs is also available for viewing in the online Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning Guide free of charge.

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Student profiles

MUPP students create exceptional works every semester in courses, internships, and for their Masters Projects and theses. Click here to learn more about our students (and alumni), what brought them to planning (and UIC's MUPP program), and where they see themselves going, as well as examples of their work.

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