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.
UPP announces new scholarship
The Anna B Memorial Scholarship Award, a $3000 award in memory of Anna Bachman, a second year MUPP student, tragically lost her life in an accident over the winter break in January 2014 will given in AY 14-15 for the first time, to a MUPP student enrolled in Spring 2015. There will be an annual award from the Anna Bachman Memorial Fund, established by Anna's family in her memory.
Anna (affectionately known as Anna B) had a personal love for “home” and she believed that all individuals should have the security and comfort of a home. This scholarship is intended for students who are driven to study affordable housing, inspired to collaborate with others to develop innovative plans and motivated to implement these plans to improve the landscape of affordable housing. For details on how to apply, please check the Financial Awards page.
Meetings and Events
UPP faculty meetings
All meetings are at 10 a.m. in Room 262 unless otherwise indicated.
February 6-7 (Faculty retreat, off-site)
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. Directions to UPP are available on the Events page.
Friday, November 14 at noon
Room 110 CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St.
Friday Forum: Brenda Parker, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy on Gendering Urban Homesteading: Provisioning, Practices, and Policy will draw on feminist perspectives to analyze urban homesteading as a potentially transformative set of provisioning practices in cities. More info here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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