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The MCD program is geared
towards students with a bachelor
degree in architecture, landscape
architecture, urban studies, urban
planning and related disciplines.
Successful graduates can expect
to find employment as entry-level
urban designers in consulting firms,
local governments, non-profits
organizations and public sector
agencies. Some students also
pursue professional careers with
real-estate developers, charitable
foundations and advocacy groups.
WHY A CUPPA DEGREE
In CUPPA, we help students match their hopes
for the future with the skills and networks to
make real change possible. We teach students
to first understand the needs and strengths of
communities, and then work together to improve
them. In Chicago and around the world, we strive
to create just, resilient, and livable communities.
STEM OPT QUALIFIED
Urban Spatial Analysis and
Visualization, Theories of City Design,
Global Urbanization and Planning,
Urban Edge Studio, Great Cities
Studio, Chicago Charette and more.
Students can also take elective
classes from the Urban Planning and
Policy curriculum, including exciting
electives such as Bike Planning,
Urban Food Systems, and The
During the summer semester,
students complete a collaborative
design charrette, giving them a
meaningful addition to their portfolio
that will encompass all of the skills
acquired during the program. One
example of such a project was based
on encouraging sustainable use of
the Chicago River.
MCD students receive individual
advising from program faculty. Many
also seek advice from the many
visiting instructors and professional
practitioners while benefiting from
CUPPA’s signature alumni mentoring
program promoting meaningful
relationship with the College’s many
successful alumni working near
APPLY at apply.uic.edu
Explore more about UIC College of Urban
Planning and Public Affairs at cuppa.uic.edu.
Take advantage of CUPPA’s Academic Advising
team to navigate college life—classes,
internships, professors, schedules, and more.
We’ll get you to graduation and beyond!
Department of Urban Planning and Policy
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 S. Peoria St., MC 348
Chicago, IL 60607