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About the Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning was established in 1973.  The department’s interdisciplinary curriculum covers all areas of planning with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, environmental planning and sustainability, participatory community planning, and disaster management.  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 noteworthy for its strong ‘ohana – the Hawaiian word for family, extending to the community.

DURP continuously evolves to address planning issues of importance in today’s ever-changing world.

Focus areas include:

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

Quick Facts

Leadership: Priyam Das, 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

Degrees and Certificates

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • PhD in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Planning Studies Certificate
  • Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate
  • Global Environmental Science 4+1

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