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The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

MURP graduates are very well placed upon graduation as evidenced by the high employment rate.

2019-2020 Tuition & Fees:

A complete breakdown of the Graduate Student Tuition and Fees can be found on the University’s Regular Tuition Schedule 2019-2020 webpage.

Tuition & Fees Per Full Time Academic Year
Resident $12,836
Nonresident $28,946

*Based on 9 credit hours, three 3 credit hour courses (8 credit hours is considered Full Time for Graduate Students).

AICP Certification Rate

Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2014: 60%

Student Retention Rate

Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2018 and continued into Fall 2019: 100%

Student Graduation Rate

Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2015: 69.2%

Number of MURP Degrees Awarded

2018-2019 Academic Year: 17

Employment Rate

Percentage of Full Time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2018: 100%

Student Achievement

Results from an exit survey of 32 students who graduated between Fall 2015 to Spring 2019 indicate the following:

56% reported being “very satisfied” in terms of the balance between breadth of knowledge and skills (through core or required courses) and depth in subfields of planning (through elective courses) of the MURP courses they took.

75% reported being “very satisfied” with their capstone project/paper as being representative of their time spent in the program and the planning knowledge and abilities they acquired.

56% reported attending a professional/academic conference off campus as a MURP student. These included the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials, Pacific Risk Management Ohana, Association of Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, Hawaii Economic Association Annual Conference, Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, Chinatown Action Summit, Managed Retreat Symposium, Building Industry Association Meeting, and the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development.

56% reported being a member of a student or civic organization. These included on campus student organizations such as the University Students of Urban and Regional Planning (department), Graduate Students Organization (campus), East-West Center Student Affiliate Program, Indonesian Student Association (campus), and the American Planning Association Hawaii Chapter (off-campus).

93% reported establishing relationships or networks with professionals in the field. Of these, a majority reported doing this through classroom or faculty-related projects, alumni, and on-campus talks and/or invited lecturers in the classroom and 34% reported doing this through internships.

Kendrick Leong

Current MURP student Kendrick Leong was recently selected as a Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership (APAL) program scholar. The program offers students and young professionals the opportunity to learn about Asia-Pacific international affairs and think critically about Hawai’i’s role in the region. APAL scholars enjoy unprecedented access to Pacific Forum’s international network of senior foreign policy experts, emerging next-generation scholars and practitioners, and other community leaders and executives. Participants also have access to exclusive, invitation-only Pacific Forum conferences and events normally limited to seasoned experts or high-level donors. Additionally, APAL participants may receive travel opportunities to attend Pacific Forum conferences overseas. The scholars are tasked with examining the unique roles Hawaii can play in foreign policy between the United States and Asian nations. Kendrick is honored to be able to bridge urban planning and international relations at a leading Asia-Pacific foreign policy think tank. He is also excited about developing his local and international peer network. Congratulations, Kendrick!

More information about the APAL program and scholars can be found at:

Layla Kilolu

In April 2018, Layla Kilolu, PhD student at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and East-West Center degree fellow, was chosen as one of 10 Pacific Delegates by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, as part of its Asia Dialogues program, for a fact-finding trip to the Philippines on climate change. The 10 delegates were drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds. Layla was one of three graduate students from US universities, the other two being from Cornell University and UCLA. In October 2018, Layla completed the successful fact-finding trip to Manila with the other delegates during which they probed questions such as: How is the encroaching threat of climate change reshaping culture, politics, and even faith in these communities? How can the claim of economic prosperity be reconciled with the equally valid claim of sustainability and conservation? What can the rest of the world learn about response and resilience from how ordinary Filipinos are coping with extreme climate change-related weather and disasters? Congratulations, Layla!

More information about the Asia Dialogues program and the delegates can be found here:

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