About University of Illinois – Chicago (Masters in Urban Planning and Policy; Masters in City Design)

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For over 40 years, the Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been leading the way in preparing students for planning careers. Grounded in social equity and sustainability, UPP students use innovative concepts and state-of-the-art technology to analyze problems, craft solutions, and evaluate programs. UPP is one of the nation’s leading urban planning departments and our degrees have proven value in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. MUPP graduates have been successful in career paths ranging from traditional areas of planning practice, to affordable housing, to market research, to real estate development, to transit management, to organizing and advocacy. All UPP masters students gain the skills and connections they need to secure jobs in their field, and graduates become part of a large, well-connected network of alumni, both locally and around the world.

Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP)
The MUPP degree program at UIC is the only professional planning program in the Chicago metropolitan area that is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. MUPP students have a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, with many students building on their undergraduate training and many others coming to planning after careers in other fields. Classes are offered in both day and evening and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. All MUPP students specialize in one of five areas: community development, economic development, environmental planning and policy, spatial planning, or urban transportation.

Masters in City Design (MCD)
The MCD program is an intensive one-year graduate degree focusing on the physical design aspects of spatial relationships and interactions between people and places. Aiming to train early and mid-career architects, landscape architects, and spatial planners, the MCD program offers immersive studio and engaged charrette learning experiences in the rich and varied contexts of Chicagoland, including the its urban edges, downtown locations, and inner-ring suburbs

Key Facts

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CUPPA: Transforming Urban Life

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MUPP students specialize in one of five areas, including Urban Transportation

UPP students won the American Planning Association's 'Best Student Planning Organization' in 2018

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Zorica Nedovic-Budic

Professor, Department Head
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