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How to Apply
The following documents should be sent directly
to the UHM Graduate Division for admission to the University:
Graduate Admissions Office
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
1. Graduate Division Application (download
pdf or apply
2. Application fee;
3. An official transcript sent directly from each institution
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores;
International applicants must also submit:
5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
6. Complete information on financial status
The Graduate Division will forward the applicant’s
file to the Office of Graduate Student Academic Services (OGSAS)
once the above application materials have been received and
evaluated by their office.
Please submit the following directly to the Department for admission to the Program:
Office of Graduate Student Academic Services
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
1960 East West Road, Biomed D204
Honolulu, HI 96822
1. Department of Public Health Sciences application (download
2. Statement of Objectives
3. Three (3) letters of recommendation, including the Letter of Recommendation Form (Note: Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health applicants must include one letter from Indigenous community in which the applicant has an established history of service)
DrPH Applicants must also submit:
samples that demonstrate aptitude for scholarly writing.
Applications and all supporting documents must
be received by the appropriate deadline. Arrangements
to take the GRE and TOEFL, if required, should be made well
in advance so that the scores are received before the application
deadline. International applicants should write
for application materials as far in advance as possible since
they are required to submit additional documents and international
mail service requires more time.
Please retain a copy of your application for
your records. Once submitted, application materials (which
includes the public health application and statement of objectives,
letters of recommendation, transcripts, and test scores) are
not released except for the purpose of admission and cannot
be returned or photocopied for the applicant.
U.S. and international applicants to the department have from
October 1 to January 15 to submit an application for the fall
semester. Priority consideration will be given to those with
completed applications submitted by the deadline. The program
cannot guarantee that applications received or completed after
the January 15th deadline will be reviewed for admissions,
as late applications are considered on a space available basis.
In addition, late applicants have fewer opportunities for
financial assistance from the program.
After January 15, interested applicants are
advised to contact the program to ascertain whether space
is available in their selected area of specialization before
submitting an application. Please note that application fees
are nonrefundable and nontransferrable so prospective applicants
should contact the department before submitting a late application.
Spring applications to the MPH and MS degree programs are
discouraged since the curricula of the areas of specialization
are arranged in a sequence which makes it inadvisable for
students to begin their studies in January. Persons seeking
Spring admission are advised to contact the Program first
to ascertain whether applications would be accepted in their
selected area of specialization. If the specialization area
consents to a prospective applicant’s request to submit
an application for the Spring semester, all application materials
must be received by September 1.
The doctoral degree programs (DrPH and PhD)
do not offer spring admission.
In addition to the application materials and supporting documents,
applicants are required to submit an application fee of $100.
No application fee waivers or deferments are granted.
Applicants may pay by credit card, check or
money order. Payment by check or money order must be in U.S.
dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank, and made payable to the “University
of Hawai‘i.” Include your full name and date of
birth on the check or money order. Do not send cash. This
fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Note: an
application submitted without the appropriate application
fee will not be processed.
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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE General Test is required for all applicants. Both
the score and the percentile on each of the verbal, quantitative
and analytic sections of the examination will be evaluated.
The GRE General Test may be waived for master's degree (MPH
or MS) applicants who hold an advanced degree (e.g., master’s
degree or higher) from an accredited institution. A written
request must be submitted by the applicant. Requests to waive
the GRE requirement should be made early in the application
process to ensure that there is no delay in the application
review if the request is denied. The waiver request must accompany
the department’s application and the applicant’s
resume must be included.
The GRE General Test is required for all doctoral
applicants (no test substitutions or waivers).
The Computer-Based GRE General Test should be
taken at least one month prior to the application deadline.
GRE scores that are more than five years old and/or photocopies
of the Examinee Score Report are not acceptable.
Please direct ETS to forward the official GRE
General Test scores to the university (Institution Code: 4867;
Department Code: 0616).
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Most applicants whose native language is not English are required
to take TOEFL. An applicant is exempt from the test if he
or she has earned a bachelor’s or advanced degree within
the last five years at a regionally accredited or recognized
institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand,
Singapore or United Kingdom.
Applications for admission will not be processed
until official TOEFL results have been received. TOEFL scores
that are more than two years old and/or photocopies of the
Examinee Score Report are not acceptable. The minimum acceptable
TOEFL score for master’s degree applicants is 550 (213
for the computer-based test, 79-80 for the Internet-based
test) and 600 (250 for the computer-based test, 100 for the
Internet-based test) for doctoral degree applicants. Direct
the Educational Test Service (ETS) to forward the official
TOEFL score report to the Graduate Division, University of
Hawai‘i (Institution Code: 4867; Department Code: 50).
International English Language Testing System
(IELTS) score reports may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL.
An IELTS overall score of 6 or higher is required for master's
degree applicants and a score of 7 or higher is required for
doctoral applicants. Applicants should contact the nearest
British Council/Embassy/Consulate or IDP Education Australia
Office in their country for the nearest testing center. It
is advised that applicants also check the IELTS
website for the most up-to-date information for testing
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English Language Institute (ELI)
The ELI program is only for students admitted to a degree
program at the University of Hawai‘i. Prior to registration,
all non-native speakers of English must be evaluated by the
institute. Based on this evaluation, the ELI provides suitable
instruction for those whose English fails to meet the standards
determined by the University to be sufficient for the pursuit
of full-time studies. Students in ELI training take a reduced
academic load and should expect to make proportionately slower
progress in regular University studies. This should be carefully
considered by students whose time or financial support is
A current official transcript from each college or university
attended (including any study abroad or exchange programs,
summer programs, non-degree work and extension programs) must
be submitted directly from each post-secondary school attended
to the Graduate Division. If submitting with your application,
transcripts must be received in institution-sealed envelopes.
Official transcripts are original documents issued by the
college or university that bear the actual signature of the
registrar in ink and the embossed seal or official stamp of
the issuing institution. Transcripts stamped “issued
to student,” uncertified, or photocopied will not be
used for evaluation. Applicants who are still in U.S. undergraduate
programs must submit transcripts after the first quarter or
semester of their senior year.
DrPH applicants must submit writing samples that demonstrate
aptitude for scholarly writing (e.g., literature review, a
report of a needs assessment or evaluation project, a master's
thesis, or a published article on a public health topic [not
slide shows or case notes]). If no examples of your academic
or scholarly writing are currently available, the applicant
should write a paper as though he/she would submit it for
publication in a professional journal. The writing sample
- demonstrate conceptual and analytic skills
- use appropriate and consistent citation and referencing
- demonstrate writing ability
Foreign Academic Documents
International academic records must be issued in the original
language and show dates of attendance, all course titles (if
any course title is not descriptive in terms of content, a
course syllabus must be attached to the transcript or academic
record), credits or hours and grades received and accompanied
by a literal English translation. The translations must bear
the official seal or stamp of the institution, the translator’s
original signature, and be complete and exact word for word
translations of the original documents. Numerical
grades must not be converted to letter grades. A
complete grading scale or system of evaluation is required
if not included on the official transcript. Official copies
of degree, diploma or professional title certificates and
literal English translations are required if not included
on the transcript.
Students or graduates from institutions in Bangladesh,
India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan must submit properly attested
mark sheets for each year of study showing the subject included
in each examination, the maximum mark in each subject, the
minimum mark for passing, the mark obtained, and the “Division”
or “Class” received. Academic records are accepted
if attested by the registrar, assistant registrar, head of
department, dean of student affairs, controller of examinations,
USEFI student adviser, professor-in-charge or principal.
Applicants from institutions in the Russian
Federation and former Soviet Union should note tha the Graduate
Admissions Office will accept only academic certificates,
supplements to the diploma, archival certificates and degree
certificates sent directly from the issuing institution(s).
International applicants need to show proof of sufficient
funding to cover all educational and living expenses, including
expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission
to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding
will receive visa documents.
Medical Clearance for New Students
All new students must have the University’s Confidential
Health Form reviewed by University Health Services Mänoa
(UHSM) before students will be allowed to register. In addition,
a tuberculin skin test and/or chest x-ray performed within
one year of university enrollment must be submitted as verification
that the student is free from active tuberculosis infection.
A completed immunization record, which includes proof of disease
history or protection by two (2) immunizations against measles,
is required as well.