In general, your grade point average, or GPA, must be 3.0 or higher for you to be admitted to graduate study. In short, the best advice is:

Get good grades!

Get good grades!

Get good grades!

  • You must do particularly well in courses related to your field and in upper division courses in general (at UHM, upper division means 300- and 400-level).
  • For general admission purposes, UHM looks at only the last two years.
  • Admissions committees of schools and of individual programs will study the courses you took, looking carefully at the kinds of courses, content areas, level of difficulty, and semester loads.
  • Good grades in difficult courses, especially in the field or in related areas, mean much more than easy or irrelevant course work. Good grades in graduate-level courses are a bonus.
  • Admission into programs is competitive, which means that even someone with a 3.7 GPA may not be admitted if there are many outstanding applicants.