• Try to find out why you were rejected and improve the areas under your control. Some programs will not reveal the reason for denial. Do not pressure them for an answer, as you have nothing to gain by annoying them.
  • Appeal if you think there was something that was overlooked, but it is rare for appeals to succeed. You almost always have to have a faculty “champion” for this to succeed.
  • Discuss your application with an academic advisor. Ask for a frank evaluation of your case and how to improve your chances of being accepted.
  • Re-examine your Statement of Objectives; ask others for feedback and then revise.
  • Take additional courses to improve your grades. You can do this as a Post Baccalaureate Unclassified student. At UHM, students with 12 credits beyond a Bachelor degree are admissible if their GPA for those credits is 3.0 or higher. Some post-baccalaureate credits can be applied towards the advanced degree.
  • Try applying again next year, perhaps at more or different programs.
  • Do more research to find programs with a better “fit.”
  • Get more experience, if that is desirable in your field.
  • Refocus on a different specialization or consider other programs related to your interests.