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ACSP Education Guide


Located within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at UIC, UPP is one of the largest graduate planning programs in the nation and the only accredited planning program in the Chicago area. The Department offers Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Urban Planning and Policy. We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our activities, teaching, research, and scholarship.

Meetings and Events

Friday, October 10 at noon
Room 110 CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St.
Friday Forum: Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Executive Director, Public Building Commission.
More info here.

Friday, October 17 at noon
Room 110 CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St.
UPP Next: Planning your Masters Project
A panel discussion of faculty and alumni to discuss how to plan for and make the most of this requirement. Lots of tips, tricks, do's and don'ts....good for first and second year MUPPs.

Friday, November 7, 2014 at noon
Room 110, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St.
UPP Visit Day for students applying for Spring 2014.
For more information or to RSVP please email

Faculty positions in UPP

The Department of Urban Planning and Policy is currently conducting searches for two tenure track positions at the Assistant Professor level, one with a focus on transportation, the other focusing on urban studies. For full descriptions of both positions, as well as the application process and link to online application portal, check this page.

Public Information

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

Fridays in UPP

On most Fridays, there's something happening midday in UPP. Friday Forum is an occasional lecture series focused on research in Urban Planning and Policy. UPP Next is a professional development series targeted to MUPP students. All events take place in Room 110 CUPPA Hall at noon, unless otherwise noted. Light lunch is served. A full schedule and directions to UPP are available on the Events page.

Undergraduate Minor

The minor in Urban Planning and Policy provides students in many disciplines the opportunity to gain further understanding of urban phenomena, the complex interactions between local and global forces, and the needs and opportunities of Chicago and other “Great Cities” historically, in the present and moving forward. For more information, check this page. To declare the minor, please submit this form. Questions, please contact Danielle Cheatom at

Alumni Testimonial

The testimonial below was recently sent to several members of the UPP faculty and staff....the graduate has agreed to have it shared publicly. Check this page to see how her education at UIC got her to her current position.

Student Profiles and Work

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, what brought them to planning (and UIC's MUPP program), and where they see themselves going, as well as examples of their work.

Demand for Planners Projected to Increase

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average employment growth (an increase of 14 to 19 percent)for urban and regional planners. Most new jobs will be in affluent, rapidly expanding communities. Job prospects will be best for those with a master's degree; bachelor's degree holders with additional skills in GIS or mapping may find entry level positions, but advancement opportunities are limited.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works to ensure the accessibility of UIC programs, courses and services to students with disabilities. For additional information, please contact DRC at 312-413-2183 (voice) or 312-413-0123 (TTY).

If you need information in an alternative format, please contact Ann Barnds at 312-996-2165 or