The deadline is February 1st of the same calendar year.


Applicants must send some materials to the Graduate Division and other materials to the Communication and Information Sciences program chair, as specified below.

The materials that are required by the Graduate Division will be forwarded to the CIS Program Chair once the Graduate Division determines that your application is complete. It is your responsibility to communicate with Graduate Division to ensure they have all of the required materials. Until they do, we will not see your application.

Items to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Education:

Please, provide following items directly to the Office of Graduate Education:

  • An online application submitted at, or paper forms as directed on this page.
  • The application fee. (This must be paid before your application will be considered.)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you previously attended (except for University of Hawaiʻi).
  • Official reports of test scores required in your situation (GRE or GMAT for everyone; others may need TOEFL). The GRE code for the University of Hawaiʻi is R4867. Use the Department and Major Field code 5101 for Interdisciplinary Programs.
  • Anything else that the Graduate Division requires, see:

It is NOT necessary to complete the "Statement of Objectives" form on the Graduate Division web page. That is replaced by the Supplemental Application materials sent directly to CIS (see below).

Items to be sent to the CIS Graduate Program:

Either by paper mail or email:, please send following items directly to CIS Graduate Program:

  • CIS Preliminary Express Application, (as soon as possible, so we are able to communicate with you)
  • CIS Supplementary Application, which also requests the following:
    • Statement of Purpose (see CIS application form for what this should include)
    • Samples of your relevant published or unpublished work
    • If applying for an assistantship, a paragraph discussing the courses you can support and/or the services you can offer to a research project.
  • Up to three letters of recommendation, arranged to be sent directly to the Chair by physical mail or email. No official forms are used for recommendation letters; it is preferred that they be printed on official university or business letterhead.


The CIS program admits students only for the fall semester of each year. The deadline is February 1st of the same calendar year. Applicants are encouraged to file early to be certain all materials are received by the deadline.

The first meeting of the Admission Committee is in February.

Late applications will be considered only on a case by case basis if there is space after the applications received on time are considered. If some of your material will be late you should complete as much of the application as possible by the deadline.

You will be contacted soon after the Admission Committee makes a decision on your application.