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A large number of students gain
employment in the public sector
upon graduation. Students are also
well-prepared for further academic
work, including JD or PhD programs
in policy, administration, or in their
area of specialization.
Required classes include
Foundations of Public Service,
Principles of Data Analysis,
Economics for Management and
Policy, Data Management, Public
Policy Development and Process,
Public Program Evaluation, Public
Policy Analysis, Advanced Data
Analysis, and more. Students also
choose a specialization of choice.
Examples are: Urban Planning &
Policy, Public Health, Education
Policy, Social Policy, etc.
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.
HIGHLY RANKED BY U.S. NEWS
AND WORLD REPORT!
The 2021 U.S. News and World Report Public
Affairs rankings recognize UIC as the TOP public
administration graduate program in Illinois.
In the required Capstone Course,
PA 590, teams of students
collaborate with a public or nonprofit
organization on a particular policy
issue. Students gain valuable
experience working directly with
expert practitioners and see their
impact on communities and people.
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!
Students have access to a program
advisor, a faculty advisor, and a tightknit student community upon joining
the program. Under the guidance of
faculty, students complete a portfolio
that demonstrates their skills and
knowledge and can be shown to
future employers. Throughout the
program, students benefit from a
small faculty-student ratio, ensuring
consistent access to faculty
APPLY at apply.uic.edu
Department of Public Administration
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago
400 S. Peoria St., Suite 2100, MC 278
Chicago, IL 60607