AGC Admissions

All supplemental materials and letters of recommendation must be submitted via the Graduate Application Supplemental Materials Upload Website. See complete instructions on this page.

Who Can Apply

The Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Second Language Studies is designed for students who have completed a master's or doctoral degree in second language studies, applied linguistics, second language education, second language acquisition, TESOL, or other related field. We also welcome applicants with specialization in related disciplines such as anthropology, education, modern languages and literature, linguistics, and psychology.

The AGC program attracts language professionals who wish to acquire advanced training in second language studies. Prospective applicants with specialized degrees from educational systems outside the U.S. (e.g., Examen d’État/Staatsexamen) should contact the Graduate Chair of Second Language Studies ( to discuss their eligibility for applying.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact Graduate Faculty member(s) with whom they might wish to work.

AGC Concurrent with a Graduate Degree at UH-Mānoa

Students currently pursuing another graduate degree in a related discipline at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have the opportunity to pursue an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies concurrently. No more than six credits of coursework may be double-counted for both the certificate and the concurrent graduate degree. (Note. Nine credits can be double-counted for the AGC in SLS ‑ Spanish Applied Linguistics.) No research paper or thesis that has been used to fulfill the requirements for any other degree may be used to fulfill the Scholarly Paper requirement of the AGC in SLS.

Applicants currently enrolled as classified graduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are not required to resubmit official standardized test score reports or transcripts. However, if GRE scores are more than five years old and/or TOEFL/IELTS scores are more than two years old, new test scores are required. Current UH-Mānoa classified graduate applicants must complete and submit an online application form along with the application fee. All application procedures remain the same (please see application steps 1-5 below).

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINES Fall Semester Enrollment
Spring Semester Enrollment
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies March 1
September 1
Semester begins in August. Semester begins in January.

Information regarding support can be found on the Financial Support for AGC Students and Funding pages.

Click on each of the following steps for detailed instructions. All materials—online application and fee, letters of recommendation, and supplemental materials including score report(s) and transcript(s)—are due by the application deadline.

Document Requirements for Admitted Students

Click on each of the following steps for detailed instructions.


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