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Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Main organization(s): University of Hawai'i (UH)




The Program is an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate program administered within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. For enrolled graduate students the standard University of Hawaii tuition is applicable which is about 258.00 USD per academic unit. The certificate requires 18 units, 9 of which are in specifically designed courses related to disaster management, and the remainder are credited from related coursework from other departments. These include courses such as volcanology, meteorology, or other hazards related sciences, or emergency care in public health, refugees and forced migration in the school of law. Thus a typical graduate receives an MS or PhD in meteorology (or whatever their “home” discipline is) and a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. Non-degree students may enroll for the certificate as well, and the tuition rate is the same.

Subject areas

Disaster management, Humanitarian assistance, Hazards, Information systems, Asia Pacific.

Target audience

An interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate program, focused on the Asia Pacific region. The certificate program is available to enrolled graduate students from all relevant disciplines, as well as a stand-alone option for professional continuing education.

Admission Requirement

A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university is prerequisite.



Geographical coverage

Americas, Asia


There is no time limit, the student may progress through the 18 units at their own pace. At this university, a twelve-unit course-load per semester is considered full-time, and students may take up to 18 units at a time. Most students move through the certificate program in about three semesters, roughly 18 months.

Application procedure

For admission procedures please see the website.


Financial assistance is available to a limited extent. Opportunities include:

The Department, in cooperation with the Graduate Division, offers some tuition waivers. The University of Hawaii waives out-of-state fees to residents of some countries in Asia and the Pacific. Teaching assistantship which is usually awarded to a second year student. Research assistantships available to advanced students East-West Center grantees. Some students qualify for and participate in the University's work-study program; others apply for student loans. A number of students secure part-time employment in the planning field which serves as a source of work experience and financial assistance. For information and application forms for student loan, work study employment and grants write to: Financial Aid Office, 2600 Campus Road, Suite 112, Honolulu, HI 96822: (808) 956-7251. Inquires may also be directed to the Department.

Tuition & cost

The standard University of Hawaii tuition is about 258.00 USD per academic unit.

Deadline for application

March 1 is the deadline for admissions for the following fall semester; September 1 is the deadline for admission for the following spring semester. Application materials, including all relevant forms, may be obtained from the Department. Official notification of admission or denial is issued by the Graduate Division, not by the Department.


University of Hawaii
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Saunders Hall
2424 Maile Way, Room 107
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: 808 9567381
Fax: 808 9566870

Last updated

18 Aug 2008

  • Type University programme
  • Level Certificate/Diploma
  • Location Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Language English

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