The offering of Masters and Diploma courses on Urban and Regional Planning have been re-opened, now under the Department of Architecture. The entrance examinations were held on December 3 and interviews are scheduled on December 17. Classes start in January 2017. The fields of specialization are: Environmental and Natural Resources Planning; Public Works Planning; Transportation Planning; and Estate Planning. Some 19 applicants applied, most of whom held positions in municipal planning offices in Mindanao. The program was offered previously under the School of Management until it was put on hold due to shortage of program faculty. With the strengthening of the Architecture faculty complement this department has acquired the necessary expertise to deliver this degree program that is very much in demand in the region.