Application Procedures

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

1.  The following documents must be mailed 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:
The application form for the University of Hawaii is available in PDF format. (You will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the document.) You may also apply online at
•  Graduate application form and instructions. This page includes application forms and information/instructions on how to fill out the applications on paper or online.
•  Non-U.S. applicants only
For further information, see the Office of Graduate Education web site.

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.

c. GRE scores.  The GRE is recommended, but not required.  However, the UH Office of Graduate Education requires submission of 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 accepted up to five years after the testing date. To obtain information about the GRE, phone 1 (800) GRE-CALL, or visit their Web site at:

2.  In addition, the LIS Program requires the following documents. Send these directly by either mail or email to:

Library and Information Science Program
University of Hawaii
2550 McCarthy Mall, Hamilton Library, Room 2
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7321

a. Statement of Objectives: This statement 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 need not use the form provided in the packet; however, the applicant’s name and the words “Statement of Objectives” should appear on the top of each page of the essay.

b. Two completed official UHM MLISc Recommendation Forms (clicking this link opens a PDF document) completed by faculty members, librarians, and/or employers sent directly to LIS Program. Applicants should complete the first section before giving the form to references. These letters are to be sealed by the referees and mailed directly to: LIS Admissions, Library & Information Science Program, 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822. 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 (clicking this link opens a word DOC)

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 phone, Skype or in-person interview.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the LIS office ( with any questions.