Applying to graduate school is not a uniform process and varies widely by discipline. It is important to recognize that applying to the MBGP at UH is an immersive experience; the paper application is only part of the process. Contacting potential advisors before applying to discuss how your research experiences and interests intersect with their current and future endeavors is a central part of the experience. In this way, our program is similar to most competitive environmental, ecological and evolutionary biology programs worldwide, but differs markedly from many other scientific fields such as engieering or medicine, where past performance and scores are paramount.
At UH Manoa, formal graduate admissions is a 3-step process.
1) Reach out to one or more MBGP graduate faculty members to see if someone will sponsor you. While you are allowed to apply to the program without a sponsor, please note that acceptance into the program is dependent on having a faculty sponsor.
2) Submit an online application to the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). The OGE reviews all incoming graduate applications and verifies eligibility of students to enroll in graduate school. This is particularly important for international students. Once OGE has received all required documents (transcripts, TOEFL, etc), they will review the completed application and forward it to the MBGP.
3) The MBGP reviews your application packet from OGE, as well as the additional required documents as outlined in the "How to Apply" section of our website. These documents include the Supplemental Information form, Statement of Objectives, Letters of Recommendation and GRE scores.
It is vital that BOTH the OGE application and Program application are completed by the deadline.
While we do not start accepting applications until October for the following Fall semester, it is best to start working on your application materials A YEAR prior to the deadline.
Go to "How should I prepare?" for a detailed, suggested timeline of events.
YES. The Office of Graduate Education has additional admissions requirements that apply to international students.
Click here to be directed to the Office of Graduate Education website detailing important information for international applicants.
Your official admissions notification will come from the Office of Graduate Education. As instructed, complete and submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to their office as soon as possible to accept your offer.
Registration for newly admitted students usually opens during the 1st week in August. The Program Coordinator will send email updates as soon as Office of the Registrar publishes the date for the new academic year.
You can also view the current Academic Calendar here more the most up to date information.
There are various housing options while completing your graduate study in Hawaii. UHM Student Housing Services provides students with on-campus residence in the 8 residence halls and apartments. Visit the Student Housing Services page for more information and assistance about on and off-campus housing.
There are several options to get to and around campus. In addition to driving, we encourage you to explore alternatives such as Honoluluʻs TheBus as well as the Universityʻs free campus bus service, Rainbow Shuttle. Visit the Commuter Services page for more information.
In addition to the relationships we hope you'll develop with your cohort, as well as the rest of the MB students during your graduate study, the UHM Graduate Student Organization is a great place to connect with other graduate students on campus.
Visit their site for more info on how to get involved, grants & awards, and resources for graduate students.