Application Procedures

Follow these instructions carefully; applications that are incomplete or lacking the application fee will not be processed by the UH Graduate Admissions Office.

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

1. The following documents must be sent directly to:

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Hawaii
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. 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 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. 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 (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. 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:

Library & Information Science Program Admissions
2550 McCarthy Mall
Hamilton Library Room 002
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. Completed forms must be sealed by the referees and sent directly to the LIS Program. Inform referees that Program policy allows students to view their personal folders, which includes these letters, unless the applicant waives 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.


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.


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.