Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: February 1
Spring Admission: September 1

PhD in
Urban and Regional Planning

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: February 1

Global Environmental Science & Urban Planning
4+1 Program

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: February 1

Environmental Planning & Sustainability

Environmental planning examines environmental challenges associated with urbanization, climate change, and globalization to explore solutions-oriented approaches that support local food production, deploy clean sources of energy, conserve biodiversity and natural habitats, manage urban waste, and preserve freshwater resources.

Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance

Due to global warming, the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme weather events will continue to worsen disaster risk. DMHA addresses all phases of the disaster management cycle from mitigation to preparedness and response, and recovery. Within this cycle, issues from social equity, sustainability and urban planning are worked in as problematics in a holistic approach to natural hazards.

Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Planning

Land use, transportation and infrastructure planning is related to plans and policies that affect the growth and development of neighborhoods, cities, and urban regions. The sub-field examines urban form, the siting and sizing of new development and redevelopment at the urban scale as well as the physical design of individual sites.

Community Planning

Many pressing challenges facing contemporary cities are felt most acutely at the community level: poverty, inequality, homelessness, environmental injustices, and police violence, to name a few. Planning at the community scale seeks to address the immediate needs of local people while also empowering citizens to participate in governance and effect change at larger scales.

International Development Planning

We now live in a world where, more than ever, the local is affected by forces and characterized by dimensions—economic, political, environmental, social, and cultural—that are global. This presents planners with opportunities and challenges alike for making cities inclusive, equitable, and sustainable. Hawai‘i’s strategic geographical location within the diverse and complex Asia-Pacific region makes the IDP a salient sub-field.


In both the US and abroad, the housing “crisis” has grown from a poor person problem to an everybody problem, thus attracting the attention of policymakers at the local, state, and national level. Planners are in a special position to help craft innovative policy solutions, implement them with equity and justice in mind, and evaluate their effectiveness.

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a professional program, fostering a multidisciplinary set of intellectual and practical tools, and enabling practitioners to chart the future in an age of uncertainty. We strive to improve the quality of life for both present and future generations – locally and globally – through planning, public policy, and social collaboration. Our academic program emphasizes theory, methodology, and practice.

Interview with Jakob Thelle, BAM Program Graduate

New BAM 4+1 degree with Department of Hawaiian Studies

Interview with Dr. Dan Milz, DURP Faculty Member

$50K PBR Hawai‘i Endowment for DURP’s 50th