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About DURP 

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Manoa was established in 1973.  The department’s interdisciplinary curriculum covers all areas of planning with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, disaster management planning, and participatory community planning.  The MURP program has been ranked in the top-25 national programs in Planetizen’s Guide to Urban Planning Programs, 4th Edition, as well as ranked 7th for the “West” geographic region, and 3rd for “Most Diverse Student Body.” DURP’s program foci are reinforced with real-world experience through planning and applied research projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Asia-Pacific Region.  The Department is also noted for its strong ‘Ohana’ – the Hawaiian term for family, extending to the community.

DURP continuously evolves to address planning issues of importance in today’s ever-changing world.
These focus areas include:

  • Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning
  • Environmental Planning and Sustainability
  • International Development Planning
  • Community Planning
  • Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Degrees and Certificates

  • Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Doctoral Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Planning Studies Certificate
  • Professional Certificate
  • Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate

Quick Facts

Leadership: Makena Coffman, Ph.D. (see faculty profile)
Student body: 65-70 students
Alumni: 500+
International Students (current and former) Countries of Origin:
Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Denmark, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, American Samoa, Australia, Italy, Germany, Mariana Isles, Guam, Fiji, East Timor, Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada

(Numbers accurate as of Fall 2017)