Starting July 1, 2018, 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 (email@example.com) 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. Rather than resubmitting an online application to Graduate Division, current UH-Mānoa classified graduate applicants must complete and submit the Concurrent Graduate Certificate Program Application Form along with the application fee. All other application procedures remain the same (i.e., please complete steps 2, 4, and 5 under How to Apply).
How to Apply
|APPLICATION DEADLINES||Fall Semester Enrollment
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|Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies||January 1
|Semester begins in August.||Semester begins in January.|
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.1. Take Standardized Exam
Note: GRE requirement is waived for those applying for Spring 2021 admission.
Required for all AGC applicants exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS.
Scores cannot be more than 5 years old.
No minimum score required; preferred minimums shown in following table.
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
QR + VR
|SLS Preferred Minimum||
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TOEFL or IELTS
Required for most applicants whose first language is not English; see UH-Mānoa Graduate Division policy on English Proficiency. Applicants who are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS are exempt from taking the GRE.
Scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
Minimum scores required for admissions.
|Minimum for Admissions||
|SLS Preferred Minimum||
i. Statement of Purpose
In a maximum of 1,000 words, outline your academic and professional objectives and reasons for applying to the AGC in Second Language Studies. Describe your research interests, which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with, courses of interest, and include a brief summary of relevant professional experience and language skills.
ii. Supplemental Information Form
Please download and complete the Supplemental Information Form (PDF, 1 page, 109KB).
iii. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
iv. Unofficial Score Report
An unofficial score report for the GRE or TOEFL (or IELTS) is required at the time of application.
Note. Admitted students are required to submit official score reports in order to enroll. If you wish to submit official scores at the time of application (this is not required), please refer to the instructions to Submit Official Test Score Report under the Document Requirements for Admitted Students section.
v. Unofficial Transcript(s)
One transcript is required from each postsecondary institution attended, including any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs.
Note. Admitted students are required to submit official transcripts in order to enroll. If you wish to submit official transcripts at the time of application (this is not required), please refer to the instructions to Submit Official Transcript(s) under the Document Requirements for Admitted Students section.
vi. Research Paper(s)
Samples can include research papers, theses, or publications that show evidence of your ability to conduct independent scholarly research. Please submit 1–3 sample(s).
Apply online by first creating a Login ID and PIN. Remember your Login ID and PIN for steps 4 and 5.
Note. This step must be completed in order for you to use the Graduate Application Supplemental Materials Upload Website for requesting letters of recommendation and uploading supplemental materials.
Request letters from three individuals who know you in an academic setting. Generally, letters from employers in nonacademic settings do not provide perspectives on your academic abilities. Ideally, at least one reference should relate to your stated areas of interest, and all letters should be recent. Use of official university or institutional letterhead is preferred.
After logging in to the Graduate Application Supplemental Materials Upload Website, click Request a Recommendation for each of your recommenders. Use of official university or institutional email addresses is preferred.
Upload all documents in PDF format using the Graduate Application Supplemental Materials Upload Website.
For expediency, please use the following naming convention, including the numerals in the file names:
3_LastnameFirstname_Resume.pdf or 3_LastnameFirstname_CV.pdf
4_LastnameFirstname_GRE or 4_LastnameFirstname_TOEFL
Document Requirements for Admitted Students
Click on each of the following steps for detailed instructions.1. Submit Statement of Intention to Register to Graduate Division
Once admitted, students will receive an official letter of admittance from Graduate Division (via postal mail). Admitted students are asked to respond with their Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible after receiving the official letter, so that they can access the University’s services in a timely manner.
Admitted students are required to submit official standardized exam scores in order to enroll. Official score reports must be sent directly to Graduate Division. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is 4867. Remember that GRE scores cannot be more than five years old, and TOEFL and IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
Admitted students are required to submit official transcripts in order to enroll. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.
Mail transcripts to:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding Hall 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses for a 9-month budget, including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents.
Be sure to complete the Confidential Financial Statement for International Applicants as soon as possible to avoid delays in applying for your student visa.
Email email@example.com or call (808) 956-6131.