Welcome to Urban Planning and Policy

In one of the world's great cities, Urban Planning & Policy (UPP) @ UIC has led the way in preparing students for careers for over 45 years. Grounded in social equity and sustainability, we teach students to use innovative concepts and technology to address urban issues. Our college is situated just minutes from downtown Chicago and is responsible for advancing the university’s commitment to urban research, policy change, and advocacy. We are comprised of a diverse student body as well as a faculty of esteemed researcher-practitioners, and we offer numerous opportunities for internships and engaged research in the growing field of urban planning and policy. Our alumni community is extensive, and you're one step closer to joining this network of planners, practitioners, and policy analysts active around the world.


Important Update Regarding the Fall 2022 Application Cycle: For all MUPP applicants, the GRE is no longer required (including for priority / funding consideration).


Upcoming Graduate Program Information Session - Webinar via Zoom: February 17, 2022 @ 6pm CST*

Would you like to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities; environmental degradation, racial segregation, sprawl, health disparities, neighborhood displacement? Come learn more about our graduate degree program in Urban Planning & Policy and City Design. Our interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum provides immersive exposure to the dynamics shaping Chicago and other cities, enabling our students to be leaders, analysts, and change-makers.

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*This event will be recorded and made available the following day.


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Top 25 Urban Planning Program Planetizen Badge

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs recognizes the Department of Urban Planning and Policy as being ranked among the top 20 urban planning programs in the United States.

#17 Overall Graduate Urban Planning Program
#16 According to Urban Planning Educators
#11 Top Public Programs
#8 Top Big City Programs
#3 in the Midwest
#7 Among programs that offer part-time study
#3 Most Alumni




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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), Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and the American Planning Association (APA).

UPP News and Events

Apr 5 2022

The UIC Urban Forum

Tuesday, 8:30 am–1:00 pm
Student Center East, Illinois Rooms