Master of Urban Planning Advising

Students receive academic and career advice from faculty in a variety of ways. In general, students should feel free to seek advice from the faculty member most closely aligned with their professional interests. In addition, several specific means of acquiring faculty guidance include:

Academic Adviser

All students are assigned an academic adviser by the MUP Program Director upon enrollment in the program. Students should seek out their official academic advisers for guidance on course selection, internships, capstone options and proposals, and preparation for the job market. It is quite common for students to change advisers once they are in the program and have more knowledge of their interests and professional goals. To change advisers, students should discuss the switch with their current official adviser, obtain the permission of the new adviser, and inform the MUP Coordinator of the change.


The MUP concentrations are guides for the selection of mix of electives that develop a depth of expertise in one or more subfields of professional practice. Many of the concentration webpages also provide information on professional organizations, career options, and broader University activities and resources relevant to the given field of study and practice.

Assistantship Supervisor

Students with teaching or research assistantships will have a faculty assistantship supervisor (i.e., the faculty member teaching the course or directing the research).

MUP Program Director

The MUP Program Director, a good general source of advice on program requirements, provides final approval of all internships, capstone projects, and independent study and capstone applications.

Professor Bumsoo Lee
MUP Program Director
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
111 Temple Buell Hall
611 Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
Voice: 217-333-3601
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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