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Master of Urban Planning and Policy

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. A successful applicant will have a baccalaureate from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) for the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. Applicants must submit three letters of reference from instructors familiar with their academic training or supervisors familiar with their professional experience and a writing sample. International applicants must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based).

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy

Applicants to the Ph.D. Program must hold a Masters in Urban Planning, Public Policy, or a related field. A successful applicant will have a baccalaureate from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) for the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. Applicants must submit three letters of reference from instructors familiar with their academic training or supervisors familiar with their professional experience. Tests Required: GRE General. Applicants may substitute the GMAT or LSAT. The testing agency should send official scores to UIC. International applicants must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based). All tests must have been taken no later than 5 years before the application deadline.

Campus Certificate Program in
Geospatial Analysis & Visualization (GSAV)

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 is the minimum requirement for admission to the GSAV Campus Certificate. Students who wish to enroll only in the certificate program are admitted as non-degree students. 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

Non-degree admission 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.