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In addition to learning how to do
research, students are expected
to become experts in the research
being conducted within their
chosen areas of concentration. Core
courses are enhanced by selecting
a specialization in public and
non-profit management, financial
management, urban governance and
networks, or survey methods.
Research assistantships are available
from the productive research
faculty or from one of the multiple
research centers in the College of
Urban Planning and Public Affairs.
Qualifying students can access
department appointed graduate
assistantships which provide four
years of funding to pursue their
work, during which time students
may also work as department
appointed teaching assistants in
undergraduate and master courses.
Select government agencies offer
placement of UIC PhD students and
university fellowships, scholarships,
and funding opportunities are also
CUPPA’s eight interdisciplinary
research centers and institutes
directly explore how communities
evolve to meet the needs of
residents and improve lives.
Ensuring social justice, promoting
access to transportation and
services, providing advocacy for
underserved populations, creating
jobs in economically depressed
neighborhoods, and improving
government management and
performance at all levels are just
some of the areas our research
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
#5 in Urban Policy
#8 in Public Finance and Budgeting
#10 in Local Government Management
#20 in Nonprofit Management
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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