Requirements are set both by the CIS program itself and by the Graduate Division of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

CIS Requirements

To be considered for admissions, the CIS program requires that applicants have the following background:

  • A master's degree in one of the following fields or a closely related field:
    • Information and Computer Sciences
    • Library and Information Science
    • Business Administration
    • Communications
  • Knowledge of computing.
  • Proficiency in English. If you are not a U.S. citizen and did not receive your Masters' degree from an English speaking institution, then a TOEFL score of at least 100 iBT (600 PBT) is required.
  • Demonstrated potential for conducting independent research.

GRE or GMAT scores are now optional.

Graduate Division Requirements

The Graduate Division has its own requirements in addition to those of the CIS program. These include but are not limited to:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Above average academic performance, as demonstrated by a B (3.0) average or its equivalent for undergraduate and graduate course work.

It is important that you carefully read the information on the Graduate Division Admissions page as well as this page.

International students should also take in consideration requirements available here.

Application Process and Deadlines

For the application process please see the Application Process page.

The CIS program admits students only for the fall semester of each year.

Applicants are encouraged to file early to be certain all materials are received by the February 1 deadline.