Master of Urban Planning in Urban Planning

The professionally accredited M.U.P. program prepares students for careers in planning practice. Such careers involve public service at all levels of government, in private consulting practice, in the nonprofit sector, and in a wide variety of organizations in need of planning services. The program also prepares students for advanced work leading to the Ph.D. degree and a career in teaching and research.

The M.U.P. curriculum consists of a focused set of core courses required of all students, concentration/elective courses, applied workshops, a recommended internship (reduces the hours needed to graduate by 4), and a capstone requirement. The program is purposely flexible so that students may design a program that builds their expertise in a concentration area of practice such as land use and environmental planning, transportation planning, community development for social justice, housing, sustainable design and development, local and regional economic development, and geographic information systems and analysis. The department also has an active international program designed to expose students to planning practices and challenges in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

If a student has an undergraduate professional degree in urban planning, up to 16 hours may be waived by petition, and the student must take at least 30 hours of urban and regional planning courses at Illinois.

Please consult the department's website for additional information about the M.U.P. requirements.

Thesis Option

UP 501Planning History and Theory4
UP 503Physical Planning4
UP 504Urban History and Theory4
UP 505Urban and Regional Analysis4
UP 510Plan Making4
UP 511Law and Planning4
UP 590Professional Internship (reduces the hours needed to graduate by 4)0
Recommended concentration/electives32
UP 591Capstone Seminar (enrollment required for two semesters)0
UP 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)8
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 40
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 16 (12 in UP)
Minimum GPA: 3.0
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Web site and the Graduate College Handbook.

Non-Thesis Option

UP 501Planning History and Theory4
UP 503Physical Planning4
UP 504Urban History and Theory4
UP 505Urban and Regional Analysis4
UP 510Plan Making4
UP 511Law and Planning4
UP 590Professional Internship (reduces the hours needed to graduate by 4)0
Recommended concentration/electives32
UP 591Capstone Seminar (enrollment required for two semesters)0
UP 598Master's Project (min/max applied toward degree)8
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 40
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 16 (12 in UP)
Minimum GPA: 3.0
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Web site and the Graduate College Handbook.