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About DURP

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

Leadership            Priyam Das, Ph.D. (see faculty profile)
Student body        45-50 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

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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 and Master of Urban and Regional Planning 4+1 Combined Degree
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