PAB Criterion 7D

Public Information on the UIC Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree.

Please read our Program information required of all accredited planning programs by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are calculated for one full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and include all tuition, tuition differential, fees and assessments for the Masters in Urban Planning and Policy. Tuition and fees shown are for full-time study.

  •   In-state residents: $20,712
  •   Out-of-state residents: $32,952
    For a complete list of student fees and for a breakdown of tuition ranges, please refer to the UIC Office of the Registrar website at: https://registrar.uic.edu/tuition/grad/index.html
Student Retention and Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2015 and continued into Fall 2016 81%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2014 and continued into Fall 2015 92%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2013 and continued into Fall 2014 96%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2012 and continued into Fall 2013 94%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2011 and continued into Fall 2012 86%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2010 and continued into Fall 2011 89%
Percentage of Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2012 82%
Percentage of Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2011 77%
Percentage of Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2010 100%
Percentage of Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2009 81%
Percentage of Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2008 69%

Degrees Awarded

Number of degrees awarded, 2015-2016 academic year = 33 Number of degrees awarded, 2014-2015 academic year = 61 Number of degrees awarded, 2013-2014 academic year = 82 Number of degrees awarded, 2012-2013 academic year = 33 Number of degrees awarded, 2011-2012 academic year = 80 Number of degrees awarded, 2010-2011 academic year = 81

Professional Certification

To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within 3 years of graduating from a master’s program, and/or within 5 years of graduating from a bachelor’s program.

Graduation year N Pass rate
2000 0 n/a
2001 3 100%
2002 5 100%
2003 5 80%
2004 8 100%
2005 2 100%
2006 9 100%
2007 10 60%
2008 10 60%
2009 6 84%
2010 6 84%
2011 2 100%
2012 2 100%
2013 1 100%
2014 3 66%

Employment Rate

The employment rate measures the percentage of MUPP graduates who obtain professional planning or planning-related positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation.
Graduates - 2015 61
Responses 25
Response rate 41%
Employed in professional planning position 48%
Employed in professional planning-related position 32%
Pursuing higher degree 0
Total employed in planning/planning-related positions within 1 year of graduation 80%

Student Achievement as Determined by the Program

Goals of the MUPP program are to:

  •   Prepare MUPP students for professional employment in urban planning related occupations
  •   Support and promote collaborative learning among faculty and students with colleagues, citizens and organizations in civic domains ranging from the local to the global scale
  • Strive to offer practical professional advice through an array of integrated teaching, research and service activities for a diverse clientele coping with complex urban problems.

An outcome measure associated with these goals is:
Graduates will be able to compose professional advice combining writing, speaking, enumerating, visualizing and computing skills to offer practically relevant and professionally competent products. Achievement of this outcome is measured in UPP 506: Plan-Making Studio, a required course that is a centerpiece of the MUPP curriculum, taken in the spring of the first year. A common problem is developed by faculty; it addresses current issues and challenges facing a community in the Chicago area. Problems have ranged from the neighborhood to the sub-regional level. In 2016, equity plans for three contiguous city neighborhoods on the near West Side, from the booming West Loop (home to Google’s new Chicago headquarters) to East Garfield Park (with some of Chicago’s most persistent poverty) were developed. Plans were presented to a jury of faculty and practitioners.

Achievement was measured by grades received in UPP 506, with a benchmark of 85% of students meeting or exceeding expectations. A grade of “A” indicated exceeding the benchmark; “B” meeting expectations; “C” partially meeting expectations, and “D” or “F” failing to meet expectations.

In Spring 2016, the number of students assessed was 68; 57 exceeded expectations, 10 met expectations, and 1 student partially met expectations. No students failed to meet expectations.