Urban Planning and Policy Certificate Programs

Campus certificates are designed to provide student with a baccalaureate degree (BA or equivalent) the opportunity to improve their skills and gain a credential to advance in their chosen career path. Certificate programs are open to both graduate students who are currently enrolled in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and to graduate non-degree students admitted to a certificate program. The Department of Urban Planning and Policy offers two campus certificate programs: the Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Certificate and the Public Transit Planning and Management Certificate.

Admissions Requirements

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 both the GSAV and PTPM certificates. 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.

Please note, international students not pursuing a graduate degree at UIC may not apply to this program because it is considered non-degree study. Non-degree study on a student visa is not allowed.

Application Process

Non-degree applicants to certificate programs should follow the process on this page. Click on the third pink box at the bottom of the page to apply to non-degree and non-degree certificate programs.

An application is considered to have met the deadline if the online application form is submitted by the deadline for the semester for which the application is made. Note that once the online application is submitted, you will be unable to upload any documents for 3-5 days, until the campus Office of Admissions and Records sends you a link for document uploads. Documents should be uploaded as soon as possible after submitting the online application.

Non-degree applicants for certificate programs in UPP are required to submit the following documents:

An official copy of the baccalaureate transcript indicating the earned degree(s). International academic documents that are evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service that holds membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) are also acceptable. A grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) in the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree is required.

A personal statement: a concise typed statement of the student’s reason for seeking the certificate, particularly how the campus certificate relates to their career and possible educational goals.

Current resume or curriculum vitae.

GRE or GMAT scores may be submitted but are not required.

Application Deadlines

The number of students admitted is limited. Admissions are selective and competitive. Submit your application early in order to receive fullest consideration.

Deadline for applications for fall semester is August 1; for spring semester it is November 15. There is no admission to the summer semester.

Current UIC Students

If you are currently enrolled as a student in UPP, please complete the Intent to Complete GSAV Certificate form. If you are currently enrolled as a UIC student in another department or college, please contact an Admissions Administrator for information about enrolling in the GSAV Certificate program.

Conditions for Non-Degree Students

The core courses and core concentration courses in the MUPP and/or Ph.D programs are not available to non-degree students.

Non-degree students later admitted as degree candidates may, by petition, transfer graduate level courses taken as non-degree students in which grades of A or B were earned. The number of transferable hours taken as a non-degree student is up to 12 semester hours for MUPP degree students and 8 hours for Ph.D. degree students.

Matriculation into our graduate program as a non-degree student does not mean you will be admitted into our degree programs. You must apply for regular admission to the MUPP or Ph.D. degree programs. Our admissions committee will review your application and make a recommendation regarding admittance based on your statement of interest, research agenda (if a PhD applicant) or career goals (if a MUPP applicant), writing sample, letters of reference, and academic qualifications.

Certificate Completion Requirements

Receipt of the Campus Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV) or Public Transit Planning and Management (PTPM) requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses taken toward the certificate, with a minimum grade of C in all courses.

Admission as a certificate student does not guarantee admission to any UIC degree program. Students seeking admission to a graduate program in UPP must meet all admission requirements for the program they wish to enroll in. Students previously or concurrently admitted to the MUPP or PhD program can apply up to 12 credits earned for the Certificate toward their degree program, as permitted by UPP’s policies laid out in the Student Handbooks, provided that all other program requirements are fulfilled.

To be successfully enrolled in a certificate program and receive the certificate and notation on their UIC transcript, MUPP students must complete both the Intent to Complete Certificate Program form and the Certificate Request for Change of Graduate Program form. Students admitted as non-degree certificate students who are later admitted to a graduate degree program in UPP can apply up to 12 credits with a grade of B or better toward a degree in UPP, provided they meet all admission requirements to the academic program and are admitted within three years of completion of the certificate program.