How to Apply

Follow these instructions carefully; applications that are incomplete will not be considered by the LIS admissions committee.

Note that once materials have been submitted for a specific semester, applications cannot be deferred to a later semester; those applicants who apply but change their minds and wish to be considered for a later semester must reapply.

Step 1

The following documents must be sent directly to:

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

a) Application form and fee: Complete the Graduate Admissions Application online at

If you prefer, you may download the application from the Graduate Admissions web site, which provides applications in PDF format and includes instructions on completing the form.

b) Official original transcripts sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office from all institutions listed on the application. They must bear the official seal and the school registrar's signature. For non-English language transcripts, two original language transcripts and two official original translated transcripts in English must be provided. Photocopies, unsealed transcripts, and personal copies are not accepted.

Note: for course work completed at any University of Hawaii campus (including community colleges), transcripts are not required. The Office of Graduate Education Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

c) GRE scores (optional). The Graduate Record Examination is recommended, but not required. However, the UH Office of Graduate Education requires GRE results if at least 25% of your courses were taken at a "non-traditional" university that does not assign numeric or letter grades.

Step 2

The following documents must be sent directly to:

Library & Information Science Program Admissions
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2550 McCarthy Mall, Hamilton Library
Honolulu, HI 96822

a) Statement of Objectives: This document serves as a means of judging the applicant's writing ability and must be in essay form between 500 and 1,000 words long. The essay should address the applicant's interest in pursuing a career in the field as well as indicating the applicant's potential contributions to the field. The applicant's name and the words "Statement of Objectives" must appear at the top of each page in the essay.

b) Two completed Recommendation Forms (fillable PDF document). Applicants must complete the first section before providing the form to their references, who should be faculty members, librarians, and/or employers. Supplemental letters of reference that expand upon the information provided in the Recommendation Form are appreciated, but not required. Completed forms must be sealed by the referees and sent directly to the LIS Program. Please submit only two recommendation forms; additional forms will not be considered.

c) One completed Applicant Information Form (fillable PDF document). Download, complete, print or save, and return this form to the LIS Program.

d) Resume (optional): A resume or curriculum vitae may augment the Statement of Objectives, especially for applicants who have been out of the academic environment for a number of years or whose academic record is marginal.

International Applicants

Prior to applying, international applicants should carefully review the International Admissions information at the UH Mānoa Office of Graduate Education website for additional requirements.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for application forms and all accompanying documents to be received by the LIS Program office is April 1 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the spring semester. Unless otherwise stated, all application materials must be received by the Program office no later than 3:00 P.M. HST.

Because it may take several weeks for the UH Mānoa Office of Graduate Education to evaluate and forward the graduate admissions application and transcripts to the LIS Program, applicants should apply sooner rather than later to ensure that all documents arrive at the Program office prior to the application deadline.

Applicants whose materials are received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the LIS admissions committee.

Transfer Credits

Students who were in an LIS degree program at other ALA-accredited library programs may, in special circumstances, petition to transfer up to 9 credit hours toward their UH Mānoa MLISc degree, provided the work to be credited has been completed within the previous five years. Such requests must be included when applying to the Program.


Written consent in the application is required for those wishing to designate a friend or relative who can obtain application status information. LIS Program personnel will not disclose any information to third parties without this authorization.