Ph.D. On Campus

Urban Planning and Policy

University of Illinois at Chicago

24 months
7227 USD/year
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The Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers programs of professional study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Planning and Policy. 



  • 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.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


64 SCH

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


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

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

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    7227 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7227 USD per year during 24 months.

7,227 - 17,714 USD

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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