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Message from the Chair


The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) celebrates over 37 years of planning education. As we move forward, we continue to address urgent issues such as climate change, poverty, and ecological sustainability. We are committed to planning processes that are participatory and democratic in order to build a future that meets a wide diversity of needs and aspirations. We believe a well-planned society can be more sustainable–ecologically, economically, socially, and culturally–through means that are grounded in science as well as intergenerational wisdom. And we believe that good planning and urban design can immensely raise the quality of life in urban and rural places for all to enjoy.
We are interested in training planners who can be change agents and leaders in a variety of fields. Our fully accredited and highly ranked Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program offers exciting learning opportunities in the following areas:
  • Environmental Planning and Sustainability
  • Land Use and Transportation
  • Community Planning and Development
  • International Development
  • Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
Our academic programs also offer a Doctoral Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a Certificate in Planning Studies, a Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance. We have a vibrant core of faculty in the department as well as talented affiliate faculty across the campus, from geography and business to historic preservation and architecture.

We engage students in both funded and non-funded research as well as client-centered projects locally and throughout the Pacific and Asia. We offer a variety of scholarships and research assistantships that help to support our student body. As a highly reputable program, our students are sought by firms and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. We are proud to say that 100% of our students find professional employment opportunities upon graduation in a wide range of fields such as environmental management, international development, policy analysis, and disaster assistance to name only a few.

We invite you to visit our department and further explore our website to learn more about our program offerings. Planners can make a meaningful and positive difference to improve the world around us. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and resources with you to do just that.

Makena Coffman, Ph.D.
Department Chair