• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

Overview

The PhD in Urban Planning and Policy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Students in the MUPP program generally choose one of five substantive specializations: Community Development, Economic Development, Environmental Planning and Policy, Spatial Planning, or Urban Transportation. Students with special interests or career goals may, with faculty approval, pursue a program area of their own design.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    64 alternative credits

    96 from the baccalaureate, up to 64 from the master’s.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Data Analysis for Planning and Management
  • Dissertation Proposal Workshop
  • Advanced Planning Theory
  • Research Design and Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Public Administration

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  •  Applicants must typically have a master’s degree in Urban Planning or related program.
  • Tests Required GRE General. Applicants may substitute the GMAT or LSAT.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required. A research statement, including the applicant's educational and professional goals, and detailing relevant academic and employment experience.
  • Applicants must submit a recent paper, essay, or project of which they are the sole author or designer. This material may be of an academic, professional, or personal nature, and must be at least 1000 words in length. Applicants for research assistantship positions are encouraged to submit a resume.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7227 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7227 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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7,227 - 17,714 USD

Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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