VNR: Motivated undergrads get a head start on master’s program at UH Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Daniel Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
UH Spokesman, UH Communications
Posted: Oct 23, 2019

Link to video and sound (details below):

What:  An accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree program (BAM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where qualified undergraduate students can start their graduate education in their senior year.

Who:  Select high-performing undergraduates who commit to a graduate program at UH Mānoa.

Why:  Starting a master’s degree in the senior year reduces students’ overall time commitment, which benefits qualified undergraduates who are ready for graduate school. Most BAM students can graduate with both degrees in five years. 

Other facts:

  • The BAM program also reduces the overall cost as undergrads pay for graduate courses taken in their senior year at the undergraduate rate. 

  • There are currently 14 BAM pathways, with plans to increase and expand to other disciplines. 

  • UH Mānoa graduate programs have consistently received national recognition, including high rankings in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report.

  • Graduate study gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and engage with experts in their chosen fields.

  • Graduate degrees afford individuals greater job prospects and opportunities.


BROLL: (1 minute 23 seconds)

0:00-0:30, 5 clips: Bree Soma in the classroom and as an athlete
0:30-1:05, 6 clips: students in class
1:05- 1:23, 3 clips: UH Mānoa campus


Bree Soma, UH Mānoa economics senior, BAM student, redshirt softball outfielder (11 seconds)
Iʻve always known what it’s like to be a student-athlete. Going home and doing homework and balancing that with softball practice and all my other responsibilities.

Soma (3 seconds)
It’s going to be tough, but it’s definitely doable, and I’m excited!

Nori Tarui, UH Mānoa economics professor (11 seconds)
This program allows students to complete both bachelors and masters degrees in five years instead of six years or more which is typical for a master’s program.

Krystyna Aune, UH Mānoa dean of graduate division (7 seconds)
We hope those students are really high performing, high achieving, highly motivated, and then they’ll succeed and get the master’s degree, hopefully in their fifth year.

Aune (8 seconds)
Graduate school is really a wonderful opportunity to really deeply engage in the subject matter of the student’s choice. 

Aune (6 seconds)
It opens up the door to many other job prospects that aren’t available if you just have a baccalaureate degree.