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Department of Urban & Regional Planning
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Saunders Hall 107
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-7381
Facsimile: (808) 956-6870



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The Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is designed primarily to allow practitioners currently employed in the public, private or voluntary sector, who have had at least three years of experience in planning or a related field, to pursue academic studies in urban and regional planning. The program allows participants in Hawai’i to continue working full-time while taking the course work primarily in the evenings supplemented by occasional Saturday morning sessions. Further, participants from developing countries who cannot spend two years earning a MURP degree are able to earn a certificate in nine months.

The Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning requires 18 credits including three core and three elective courses. The core courses include: PLAN 600 (Public Policy and Planning Theory), PLAN 603 (Economic Analysis for Urban and Regional Planning), and PLAN 601 (Planning Methods). Each candidate selects a field of interest from the Department’s four concentrations: Community Planning and Social Policy, Environmental Planning and Resource Management, Development Planning in Asia and the Pacific, and Land Use and Infrastructure Planning. The first elective must be chosen from among the following four courses: PLAN 610 (Community Planning and Social Policy). PLAN 620 (Environmental Policies and Programs), PLAN 630 (Urban and Regional Planning in Asia), and PLAN 640 (Land Use Policies and Programs). The remaining two electives are selected in consultation with the candidate’s faculty advisor.

Individuals interested in pursuing the Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning apply for admission to the Graduate Division as special non-degree students. A candidate who obtains the Professional Certificate may subsequently choose to seek the MURP degree and apply the credits already earned toward that degree. At the time the MURP degree is awarded the student would be requested to turn in the previously-earned certificate.

Those interested in pursuing the Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning should obtain additional information from the Department and arrange for an interview with a member of the faculty.