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.

2021-2022 Tuition & Fees

A complete breakdown of the Graduate Student Tuition and Fees can be downloaded here or viewed on the University’s Regular Tuition Schedule webpage.

Tuition & Fees (per Full Time Academic Year)

  • Resident: $15,600
  • Nonresident: $33,648

Note: Three 3-credit hour courses (or 8 credit hours, minimum) 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 2015: 80%

Student Retention Rate

Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2019 and continued into Fall 2020: 88%

Student Graduation Rate

Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2017: 69%

Number of MURP Degrees Awarded

2020-2021 Academic Year: 12

Employment Rate

Percentage of Full Time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2020: 78%

Results from an exit survey of 17 students who graduated between 2016-2020 indicate the employment sector.

Full-time graduates obtaining planning-related jobs in different sectors:

Government: 65%, Non-profit: 10%, Private firms: 15%, Other: 10%

Full-time graduates obtaining planning-related jobs at different government levels:

Federal: 14.3%, State: 42.9%, County: 14.3%, City: 28.6%

Student Achievement

Employer Survey

In 2019, the DURP ʻOhana, a Chapter of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association, conducted a survey of local firms/organizations who employ Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) graduates. The survey, which was sent to 48 employers (public, private, and non-profit), had a 33% response rate. It assessed the skills and attributes of DURP graduates on a scale from outstanding (highest) to need to improve (lowest) to examine how well the master’s degree program is aligned with the needs of local firms/organizations. Some of the survey results are presented below:

Satisfaction with DURP graduates employed: 100% reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” 

Knowledge of general planning principles: 75% responded “good” or “very good” and 6% said “outstanding”

Ability to apply knowledge and skills to practice: 69% responded “good” or “very good” and 19% said “outstanding”

Writing and technical skills: 62% responded “good” or “very good” and 19% said “outstanding”

Communication skills: 81% responded “good” or “very good” and 19% said “outstanding”

Teamwork: 81% responded “good” or “very good” and 12% said “outstanding”

Motivation to seek professional development opportunities: 69% responded “good” or “very good” and 19% said “outstanding”

Client Assessment of Practicum Projects

The planning practicum has been a successful vehicle for engaging students in teamwork to provide services valued by community groups and organizations, policy-making bodies, and regulatory and planning agencies. It plays a key role in keeping faculty and students attuned to planning issues in Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region. Three practicum projects completed between Spring 2018-Fall 2020 were assessed by their respective clients using a client assessment form. Clients rated their satisfaction on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the highest). On average, students received the following scores:

Overall team performance, professionalism, responsiveness to feedback, understanding of key issues, quality of final presentation: 4.6

Quality of final report: 4.3

Technical aspects of the work undertaken, feasibility of recommendations: 4.0

Student Awards

Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship, UHM

This annual scholarship supports graduate students in UHM’s College of Arts & Sciences who have an academic focus on South Asia. It awards each recipient up to $5,000.

Recipients: Sandy Kim, PhD Student (2020); Lakpa Sherpa, MURP Candidate (2019)

APA Hawai‘i Chapter Student Project Award (2019)

Finding Our Way Home: How Can Our Community Address Homelessness?

Student Team: John Canner, Jaeho Choi, Emily Clark, Sara Doermann, Colin Ford, Stephen Geib, Ruadhan Hughes, Kendrick Leong, Manu Mei-Singh, Katia Moraes, Lloyd Puckett, Selena Qiu, Amanda Rothschild, Carolyn Weygan-Hildebrand. 

Faculty Advisors: Dolores Foley and Anne Marie Smoke