24 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master in City Design program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 



The Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers programs of professional study leading to the Master of City Design (MCD).

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Urban Spatial Analysis & Visualization
  • Theories of Urban Design
  • Urban Edge Studio
  • Great Cities Studio
  • Chicago Charette 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


38 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate Field Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies, Urban Planning, and other creative fields. Relevant professional experience of two or more years strongly recommended. 
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required. The statement must address the applicant’s educational and career goals and previous pertinent work, volunteer, and/or academic experience.
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio comprising their most important and representative visual arts, design, research, and/or professional work such as an essay, academic paper or policy report, newspaper article, photographs, handmade sketches, computer generated graphics, design proposal, or project of which they are the sole author or designer.
  • The number of students admitted is limited. Admissions are selective and competitive. Fall semester start only.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

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


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