Graduate Program > Admission
Students are admitted to advanced degree programs by the Graduate Division in the fall and spring semesters only. Students who wish to take course work at the graduate level during a summer session, but who are not admitted to an advanced degree program before that session begins, must register as a post-baccalaureate unclassified student. Please note courses taken through the Outreach College do not fulfill the residence requirement.
Admission to the Outreach College does not imply or guarantee eventual admission to the Graduate Division; however, appropriate credits earned from Outreach College courses prior to formal admission to the Graduate Division may be applied toward an advanced degree with proper application (not to exceed 12 credits). All appropriate credits earned in Outreach College after admission to a degree program are applicable toward that degree.
How to Apply
Students applying for admission to the Asian Studies Master's program must submit the following completed materials:
To the Graduate Division:
1. Completed graduate application form via online or paper.
2. Official transcript from each school attended sent directly from the school(s).
3. Official Graduate Record Examination score report (aptitude test only). Choose "Area Studies" for department. School code 4867.
4. Residency Declaration Form for applicants claiming Hawai'i residency or statutory exemptions.
5. International students must also submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language score report (school code 4867) and a verification of financial status.
All the 3-5 items should be sent to:
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Spaulding Room 354
2450 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
To the Asian Studies Program:
1. Two letters of recommendation. Please infom the writer to send the recommendation directly to us. (download form)
3. Statement of Purpose
4. Asian Studies Information Form
The above 4 items should be sent to:
Asian Studies Admission
School of Pacific & Asian Studies
Moore Hall 416
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu HI 96822
International students from some Asian and Pacific countries may be eligible for a partial tuition waiver.
Deadlines for receipt of applications: March 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester.
Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Division and SPAS. Notification of acceptance or denial is sent to each applicant as soon as possible after a decision is reached.
Deferral of Admission Per Graduate Division policy, admission may not be deferred. It is valid only for the semester for which it is offered. For example, admission for Spring 2010 is valid only for Spring 2010. It may not be deferred until Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. If you cannot attend, you must re-apply. Normally your original application will be kept for about 2 years, but there is no guarantee.
Normally, it takes 2 years to complete an Asian Studies MA degree. Thus, you may be interested in knowing about establishing residency to reduce your tuition cost.