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How to Apply


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Complete ALL application steps below:

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

  • Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2020 (starting in September 2020, updated information on the Fall 2021 admissions process will be posted).
  • Applications are only accepted for fall semesters.
  • Be sure you have read through our admissions requirements.
  • Although we do not have a "priority application deadline," we strongly encourage applicants to submit the following by the end of November:
    • Transcripts (see below)
    • TOEFL score (for international students) (see below)
    • the Graduate Application (see below)
    • The items listed above are processed by a separate office, so submitting them at/close to the deadline (and the end of the academic semester) results in delays in the Program receiving these materials.

The application steps below were for Fall 2020 admission. Updates to the instructions for Fall 2021 will be finalized and posted in September 2020.


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 determine if there is mutual interest in possibly working together.


If you have questions, our page of Admissions FAQs might be helpful. Otherwise, please e-mail mbiograd@hawaii.edu.
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