Application Procedures

Follow these instructions carefully; applications that are incomplete or lacking the application fee will not be processed.

1. The following documents must be sent directly to:

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Hawaii
2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8544

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. For further information, see the Office of Graduate Education web site.

Note: International applicants should review the information from the Office of Graduate Education for non-U.S. applicants as well as this LIS web page.

b. Official original transcripts from all institutions listed in 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. Any unusual transcript records (i.e., low grades, probations, incompletes) must be addressed in the Statement of Objectives. Photocopies, unsealed transcripts, and personal copies are not accepted.

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

c. GRE scores. 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. Scores are valid up to five years after the testing date. For more information about the GRE, visit:

2. The following documents must be sent directly to:

LIS Admissions, University of Hawaii
Library and Information Science Program
Hamilton Library, 2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7321

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 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 (PDF document). Applicants must complete the first section before providing the form to their references, who should be faculty members, librarians, and/or employers. Completed forms must be sealed by the referees and mailed directly to the LIS Program. Inform referees that Program policy allows students to view their personal folders, which includes these letters, unless the applicant waived the right to examine the recommendation form.

c. LIS Program 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.


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 without this authorization.


Interviews are not generally required as part of the admissions procedure, though in some cases applicants may be contacted for a telephone, Skype, or in-person interview. Applicants are encouraged to contact the LIS office ( with any questions.