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Graduate Certificate in Planning Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Planning Studies allows students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in a related field to become acquainted with planning skills and activities. Students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, economics, engineering, geography, political science, public health, social work, and sociology are among those eligible. Students are encouraged to use the certificate program to increase their competence in planning as it relates to their major area of study. The individual student’s program can be designed so as to build upon his/her educational background and professional interests.

Planning Studies certificate students are required to take five courses offered by the Department and complete the requirements for a master’s degree in their area of study. The three required courses are:

  1. PLAN 600 (Public Policy and Planning Theory)
  2. PLAN 601 (Planning Methods)
  3. PLAN 751 (Planning Practicum, 6 credits).

The remaining two courses are to be selected from among the following courses by the certificate student in consultation with the faculty member responsible for directing the Planning Studies Certificate Program:

  1. PLAN 603 (Economic Analysis for Urban and Regional Planning);
  2. PLAN 610 (Community Planning and Social Policy);
    * PLAN 620 (Environmental Policies and Programs);
    * PLAN 630 (Urban and Regional Planning in Asia);
    * or PLAN 640 (Land Use Policies and Programs);
  3. An elective planning course.

Successful completion of the program leads to a master’s or doctoral degree in the student’s chosen field and a Certificate in Planning Studies. The Certificate is awarded in the same semester in which the candidate receives his/her master’s or doctoral degree. If a student subsequently pursues the MURP degree, he/she will be requested to turn in the Certificate in Planning Studies at the time the MURP degree is awarded.

A student accepted in one of the affiliated or related master’s or doctoral degree programs and interested in admission to the certificate program should: (1) arrange for an interview with the faculty member responsible for directing the Planning Studies Certificate Program and (2) file an application for admission as soon as possible.

Admissions Process

Application to the Graduate Certificate Program in Planning Studies program proceeds through two channels. Some materials are submitted to the Graduate Division, which reviews all graduate study applications and sends those meeting basic criteria to the appropriate academic units. Once the Urban and Regional Planning Department receives the official documents from the Graduate Division, it supplements them with additional information provided by the applicant. When the application file is complete, the admissions committee will review the application.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is February 1 for admission in the following fall semester and September 1 for admission in the following spring semester. Application materials, including all relevant forms, may be obtained from the Department or online at www.durp.hawaii.edu. Official notification of admission or denial is issued by the Graduate Division, not by the Department.

For more detail on the application process, please visit the Graduate Admission Office website.
For more information, email: uhdmha@hawaii.edu

Prospective Students
Please reference the Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions for more detailed directions, especially if you are an international student, as you will need visa documents (I20 form for F1 student visa).

To apply for admission, a student must be a current graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and must submit the application form directly to the Graduate Division:

Email to:

graduate.education@hawaii.edu

OR Send to:
Graduate Student Services
Spalding 354
2540 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822

Current UHM Graduate Students

To apply for admission, submit a completed Concurrent Graduate Certificate Application Form and application fee to the Graduate Division. This is the only thing you will need to submit.