Students must consult with their faculty advisor each semester before registering for LIS courses. Once the faculty advisor has approved the student’s course selections, the Program Coordinator will grant registration approval for the selected courses, which will permit the student to register for courses via the MyUH Portal. Refer to the Registration Guide for additional information regarding course registration.

Incoming new students will consult with their faculty advisors and register for courses at the LIS New Student Orientation the Wednesday before the start of the semester.

Continuing students should meet with their faculty advisors to secure approval for the upcoming semester’s course selections; students will be alerted via email when it is time to make arrangements to do so.

As a courtesy to your faculty advisor, continuing students should bring a copy of their unofficial transcript (or academic journey report) with them to the advising session.

Some courses have limited enrollment and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Other courses have enrollment minimums that, if not met by a certain date, may be cancelled. Students should be mindful of these issues and make their course selections at the earliest opportunity.

Unclassified students who wish to enroll in LIS courses should send email to to check course availability. Note that currently enrolled LIS students (and incoming new students) have priority for available seats and unclassified student registration cannot occur until after each fall/spring semester’s New Student Orientation has completed. Summer session courses are open to anyone interested.

A full-time graduate course load is 8 credits and students may take no more than 15 credits per semester unless they obtain special approval from the dean of the Office of Graduate Education.

Unless a leave of absence has been approved in advance, a student who fails to maintain continuous enrollment (excluding summer session) is considered withdrawn from the university. Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment must reapply (and be accepted) to the University if they wish to continue their studies.

Students who fail to remain in good academic standing, i.e., maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher, will be automatically placed on academic probation by the Office of Graduate Education, during which time they will have an opportunity to correct their academic deficiencies. The probationary period will last for the following semester. The student must be registered during the semester s/he is placed on probation. No extensions of the probationary period will be granted due to incompletes (I). Enrollment at the graduate level will be automatically terminated by the Office of Graduate Education for students who fail to correct their academic deficiencies by the end of the probationary period. Graduate students will not be allowed to register for classes and will be subject to immediate dismissal if it is mathematically impossible to achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the probationary period. For more information regarding academic probation policies, refer to the Office of Graduate Education web site.

All courses are graded A+ to F, except for LIS 690 Library Internship Program and LIS 696 Practicum in Librarianship, which are graded as Credit/No Credit; and LIS 700 Thesis Research, in which the grade of S (satisfactory) is given upon acceptance of the thesis.

For more registration information, refer to the University of Hawaii Registration Guide.

Outreach College Courses

Each term, the LIS Program employs working professionals via the Outreach College to supplement the standard course offerings and provide a richer and fuller program for students.

The following policies must be observed for these particular courses:

  • Students taking LIS courses offered through Outreach College (these courses are identified with an “OC” designation on the course schedule), must register for them through Outreach College.
  • The only exceptions would be students, who are using Day School tuition waivers as graduate assistants, research assistants, or teaching assistants at the UH. Since these waivers cannot be used for Outreach courses, students having these waivers must be given Day School codes. To qualify for a Day School code, a student must provide official proof of hire (PNF) as a GA, RA, or TA to the faculty advisor at the time of advising.
  • Individuals with faculty/staff or spousal waivers may use them to subsidize Outreach courses. Therefore, they do not qualify for an exception. The waivers will cover their tuition but not the Outreach administration fees. These fees must be paid out of pocket. IMPORTANT: The waiver request form for Outreach College differs from the form for Day School so be sure to complete the correct form.
  • Individuals with scholarships may also use them to subsidize Outreach courses. If a special scholarship stipulates otherwise, the student will need to provide documentation to this effect to seek an exception. This documentation must be provided at the time of advising.

Should you have questions about these policies, please contact the LIS Program Chair.