A complete application for the Marine Biology Graduate Program (MBGP) has 11 documents/forms (see below).
Annually, the application deadline for admission the following fall semester is December 15
The application steps below were for Fall 2021 admissions. The are changes possible for Fall 2022. The Fall 2022 application process (and any potential new instructions/steps) is expected to be released in September 2021.
Fall 2021 Application notes:
Step1: Identify a faculty sponsor
The most successful applicants to the MBGP have identified a potential faculty sponsor before/during the application process. Applicants should identify a few Regular/Cooperating Faculty in the MBGP with complementary research interests, and then contact them to determine if there is mutual interest in joining their laboratory starting in Fall 2021. The Supplemental Information Form (see below) will ask you to identify 1-3 faculty members that you have communicated with about sponsorship into the program. For tips on identifying and contacting faculty relevant to you and your interests, see our Admissions FAQ page.
For the Fall 2022 admission cycle, we will list in September 2021 if any MBGP faculty DO NOT plan to sponsor any applicants for admission to the program.
Step 2: Complete the application steps below
Upload a transcript for each post-secondary (i.e., after high school) institution attended to the Supplementary Materials upload site (if you attended a University of Hawai'i campus, you do not need to submit a transcript for that campus as we can access that).
Complete the online MBGP Supplemental Application/Information Form via this link: The deadline has passed, so the linked form is not accepting data for Fall 2021 any more and has been removed.
Write a response to the following prompt, save it as a .pdf file (please include your full name at the top of your statement), and upload the file to the Supplementary Materials Upload site:
Describe your objectives within the Marine Biology Graduate Program (including a possible research topic and faculty you have contacted and might want to work with), your intended area of specialization within Marine Biology, and how a graduate degree will contribute to your long-range professional goals. Include any additional information that will assist the selection committee in evaluating your application.
Upload a CV/resume to the Supplementary Materials Upload site.
(1) Log in to the Supplementary Materials Upload site
(2) Click on the tab for letters of recommendation.
(3) Type in the e-mail addresses of three people who you've asked to write letters of recommendation for you. The system will then send them an e-mail with a personalized link to enable them to upload a letter of recommendation for you to your folder in the upload site.
(1) Download the Evaluation form from http://mbiograd.manoa.hawaii.edu/resources/MBGP-Evaluation-Form.pdf
(2) Fill out and sign the top portion of the Evaluation Form.
(3) E-mail the partially completed form to each of the three people you asked to write letters of recommendation and explain that they also need to complete the bottom portion and upload this Evaluation Form.
(4) Log in to the Upload site and click on the tab for letters of recommendation/Other materials.Type in the e-mail addresses of your 3 recommenders again (The system will e-mail them a personalized link to enable them to upload the Evaluation Form you sent them separately.)
(5) Check the Upload site periodically to see if you have two documents from each recommender (it's fine if a writer combines the letter and Evaluation Form into one .pdf document, but it's not common, so if you only see one upload, you might check in with that person to see if they recall uploading both)
International applicants (i.e., non-US citizens or permanent residents) have additional materials that must be submitted. Please see the requirements specified by Graduate Division at this link. This may include a TOEFL/IELTS and/or proof of funding. We recommend you submit TOEFL scores (if required) by December 1.
The Marine Biology Graduate Program does not require official GRE scores for all applicants; however, individual MBGP faculty may require (or recommend/prefer) that applicants interested in working with them in particular (i.e., having that faculty member become their advisor/committee chair) submit a GRE General Test score as part of their application.