Graduate Application Checklist

Preparing to apply for graduate studies in Zoology under the Department of Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa? Here is a checklist of steps/procedures:

I. Sponsor

Students are admitted to the Zoology Graduate Program only if a member of the graduate faculty will “sponsor” that student, indicating that he or she is willing to serve as that student’s advisor. For this reason it is very important that prospective applicants contact appropriate faculty members well before the January 15 application deadline.  A letter of sponsorship is required from your Sponsor in order to complete your application and have it considered.  The letter can be mailed to the Department of Biology (see below for address) or emailed to by your sponsor.

II. Send Directly to Graduate Division:

A completed University of Hawaii graduate 1) application form, 2) GRE scores, and 3) transcripts of all prior college level work must be submitted to the Graduate Division office before January 15 for admission the following August. Application forms can be obtained from the Graduate Division admissions office. Refer to their website for online application, and download forms.

III. Send Directly to Department of Biology:


Zoology Graduate Program
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Biology
2538 McCarthy Mall, Edmondson 216
Honolulu, HI 96822


  • GRE

    The General GRE scores are required for admission to the Zoology Graduate Program, while the subject biology GRE scores are not required, they are highly recommended. Please have this sent in to the Department of Biology prior to the January 15th deadline.

  • Transcripts

    Send (1) set of transcripts of all prior college level work (Graduate Division doesn’t send copies to the department)

  • Statement of Purpose or Objective

    This form can be downloaded from the graduate division website, or can be written on a separate memorandum to the Department of Biology.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendations are required. This can be submitted to the Department of Biology by fax at (808) 956-4745 with original to follow via mail.  Letters of recommendation should be signed and either sent electronically to directly from the letter writer or via mail to the Zoology Graduate-Department of Biology.  Please be sure the subject line of the email from the letter writer reads: "Letter of Recommendation-[Student First and Last Name]"

  • Graduate Assistant Evaluation Form

    Click here to access the Graduate Assistant Evaluation Form. This form can also be sent to your same references/recommenders above, should you request to apply for a graduate assistantship.

  • Graduate Assistant Application Form

    Click here for the Graduate Assistant Application Form should you wish to apply for an assistantship with the department.

  • CV / Resume

    Email a CV or resume in .pdf format to

  • Graduate Supplemental Form

    Download this form.