All applicants must complete materials for admission for both UH Mānoa through the Graduate Division AND the Marine Biology Graduate Program. Follow all steps below to ensure that a complete application packet is submitted by the deadline.
Annually, the application deadline for admission the following fall semester is December 15
The application steps below were for Fall 2020 admission. Updates to the instructions for Fall 2021 will be finalized and posted in September 2020.
Review all the links below to submit your University application and review general requirements for applicants to UHM graduate programs. This section covers materials needed to be sent to UHM's Graduate Division; the next section covers other materials required by the Marine Biology Graduate Program.
Applicants must submit an application to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for graduate admission, and pay the application fee
Upload a transcript for each post-secondary institution attended to the Supplementary Materials upload site (if you attended a University of Hawai'i campus, you will not need to submit a transcript for that campus as we can access that).
The Marine Biology Graduate Program no longer requires official GRE scores for all applicants (starting with the Fall 2021 admissions); however, individual faculty may require (or strongly recommend/prefer) that applicants interested in their lab submit a GRE General Test score.
International applicants have additional materials that must be submitted. Please see the requirements at this link. This may include a TOEFL/IELTS and/or proof of funding.
The MBGP's 9 application parts listed below are separate and in addition to the forms and materials (above) that applicants send to UHM's Graduate Division. Plan for all materials from both sections (including letters and evaluation forms) to be received our office by the deadline (i.e., not just requested).
Note that applicants need to submit the online Graduate Division application and pay the application fee (above) to have access to upload Supplemental Materials (below).
Complete the online MBGP Supplemental Application/Information Form via this link (the link has been removed because the application period for Fall 2020 has closed. A new link will be posted in September 2020 for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle).
The Form is a multi-page form that must completed in one sitting, so plan to set aside 20-30 minutes and have ready access to your CV; the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the 3 people who will write letters of recommendation and submit evaluation forms for you; any relevant test score reports; and think about the aspect(s) of the field are of interest to you and which current MBGP faculty might fit those interests.
A key part of the application (and this Supplemental Information Form) is listing the names of MBGP faculty who you are interested in working with. You are strongly recommended to have contacted these MBGP faculty in advance of submitting your application to see if there is mutual interest in working together.
For the Fall 2021 admission cycle, the following MBGP faculty DO NOT plan to sponsor students for admission to the program (this list should be final by Monday, Sept. 21):
Write a response to the following prompt, save it as a .pdf file (please place your name at the top of your statement and in the file name), and then 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 might want to work with), your 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.
We strongly encourage you to upload the CV in a .pdf file format (.docx files would have to be converted to pdf, and this process may alter your intended formatting and/or introduce digital artifacts).
Log in to the Supplementary Materials Upload site and click on the tab for letters of recommendation. Type in the e-mail addresses of three people who you've asked to write letters of recommendation for you. They'll receive an e-mail with a personalized link to enable them to upload a letter of recommendation for you to your personal folder in the upload site. Please e-mail them separately to tell them to expect this message. Also, encourage them to upload their letters as .pdf files, when possible.
(1) Go to http://mbiograd.manoa.hawaii.edu/resources/MBGP-Evaluation-Form.pdf
(2) download and fill out/sign the top portion of the Evaluation Form.
(3) Email 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 and upload this Evaluation Form.
(4) Log in to the Upload site and click on the tab for letters of recommendation.
(5) Type in the e-mail addresses of three people who you've asked to write letters of recommendation for you. They'll receive a personalized link to enable them to upload your Evaluation Form.
Although it is not required, it is strongly advised that applicants contact those Regular/Cooperating Faculty in the Program who do research in an area of interest to the applicant to determine if there is mutual interest in possibly working together.