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Upon completing the program,
students are well-qualified to
work at information offices in city,
state and federal agencies, large
nonprofits, consulting firms, as well
as government services contractors.
With a wide selection of elective
courses, students can further tailor
their interests, making them even
more prepared to lead in their
subfield of interest.
Core courses include Foundations
of Public Service, Addressing
Public Problems with Data, Civic
Technology, Coding for Civic Data
Applications, and more. Electives
include Public Policy Analysis,
Artificial Intelligence and Machine
Learning in the Public Sector, and
Economics for Management and
The college’s nationally-recognized
research centers, including the
Urban Data Visualization Laboratory,
the Network Governance Laboratory,
and the Urban Transportation Center,
provide students with hands-on
experience in applied research.
Thanks to faculty connections to
the city’s civic tech community,
students can also access to potential
employers throughout the course of
Students have access to a program
advisor, faculty advisor, and a tightknit student community upon joining
the program. Students also benefit
from a small faculty-student ratio,
ensuring consistent access to faculty
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.
STEM OPT QUALIFIED
(Computer and Information Sciences, Other)
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 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