Fall semester only. There are no Spring admissions.
U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents: February 1
International applicants: February 1
Applicants to the graduate program need to meet:
- The Office of Graduate Education's admission standards and documentation requirements, and
- program specific admissions criteria and documentation requirements (see below).
Applicants need to submit the following documentation to the Graduate Student Services:
- official post-secondary academic transcripts
- official GRE General Test scores (recommended, not required)
- official TOEFL scores – 600/250/100 or above, with subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking
(required of most non-native speakers of English. Click here for information on English proficiency.)
Applicants need to submit the following documentation to the Department of Religion
- graduate program supplemental information form
- statement of objectives
- three letters of recommendation
- sample of academic writing*
* This is frequently an academic paper previously written on some topic related to religious studies. However, if no such writing sample is available, the applicant may compose an original essay that both indicates the applicant's interests in religious studies and demonstrates the applicant's discursive skills.
Click here for the complete list of downloadable forms related to graduate admissions.
Additional admission information for international applicants is available here.
The above information is also available at the Office of Graduate Education website, where prospective students can find other useful information, such as financial matters, requirements for international students, and resources for living in Honolulu. Below is the contact information for the office of the Graduate Student Services, which handles the application process.
Graduate Student Services
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354, Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8544 • Fax: (808) 956-4261