Welcome to Urban Planning and Policy

In one of the world's great cities, Urban Planning & Policy (UPP) at UIC has led the way in preparing students for careers for over 40 years. Grounded in social equity and sustainability, we teach students to use innovative concepts and technology to address urban issues.

UIC planning students take all classes in Chicago, study in Chicago, live and breathe in Chicago.  Where better to learn the art of planning great cities than in the city of Daniel Burnham?

New UPP Head Zorica Nedović-Budić

Professor Zorica Nedović-Budić, an expert in spatial planning and technologies, arrived in Chicago in January to head our Department of Urban Planning and Policy. Nedović-Budić’s research interests involve the implementation and evaluation of geographic information systems and spatial data infrastructures for local urban and regional planning processes and decisions; and the comparative study of planning systems and practice in transitional societies.

Read more about Dr. Nedović-Budić

Degrees and Concentrations

Degrees Concentrations / Specializations
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies
Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) Globalization & International Planning, Economic Development, Community Development, Spatial Planning & Design, Urban Transportation, Environmental Planning & Policy
PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Globalization & International Planning, Economic Development, Community Development, Spatial Planning & Design, Urban Transportation, Environmental Planning & Policy, Environmental Planning
Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV) Certificate
Public Transit Planning & Management (PTPM) Certificate

UIC’s Master of Urban Planning and Policy program is the only accredited planning program in the Chicagoland region by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). According to the PAB, accreditation is a system for recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity and quality. Accreditation ensures high quality education for future urban planners. We are also proud members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the American Planning Association (APA).

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