Academic Programs

Graduate Certificate in Philippine Studies

Who can Apply?

  • Students with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university, or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning, who would like to pursue a specialized interdisciplinary study of the Philippines.
  • Students pursuing MA degrees in the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, who focus specifically on the Philippines and who desire certification of their specific area of competence.
  • Those who are currently enrolled in any master's, doctoral, or professional school degree program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, who would like to add a specialized and interdisciplinary dimension to their studies on the Philippines.

At the moment, the Graduate Certificate in Philippine Studies is available only for graduate students. Soon, it will be offered to those in the undergraduate program.

Academic Requirements

18 credit hours of coursework on the Philippines in a defined program of study at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, to include:

  • 15 credits (usually 5 courses) at the 300 level or higher from at least two major divisions (social sciences, humanities, or arts), with no more than 9 credits in a single discipline. At least 9 credits (usually 3 courses) must be 600 level or higher.
  • ASAN 600P: Scope and Methods in Asian Studies: Philippines (Research Paper on the Philippines and Oral Exam)

Language Requirement: 3rd level competency. All language competency requirements can be met either through coursework (Tagalog/Filipino and Ilokano 301/302), or equivalent examinations. Language courses do not count towards Certificate requirements.

Academic advising is provided by the Center for Philippine Studies at Moore Hall 415 (contact Dr. Federico Magdalena, fm@hawaii.edu) in consultation with various departments and programs.

Students not already registered in a graduate degree program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa must be "in residence" for at least one semester (or full time equivalent, usually 9 credits) to qualify for the Graduate Certificate Program.

Application/Admission and Tuition Fees

Information and forms may be obtained from:

Student Academic Services Office
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 315
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4728
Fax: (808) 956-6345