Students applying for admission to the Asian Studies graduate degree programs (MAAS and MAIA) must apply online.
There are two sets of documents you must submit before your application is complete. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please start your application process early to ensure that your application is complete by the priority deadlines of September 1 (for Spring) and January 15 (for Fall).
- required documents that must be submitted by all graduate applicants at UH-Manoa; AND
- Supplemental Documents, which are specific to the Asian Studies Program.
- The UHM Graduate Admissions Application form, with fees.
- Official copy of academic transcript from each post-secondary school attended. The transcript should be sent from the school you attended directly to UHM Graduate Division. Do not send the transcripts yourself.
- International applicants: TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL score required for acceptance at UHM is 100 on the IBT; lower scores above 61 will be considered on a case by case basis. Students who are admitted with TOEFL scores between 61-100 will be required to attend courses in the English Language Institute, in addition to all Asian Studies Program requirements.
Applicants who qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions must also submit a Residency Declaration Form.
International students must also submit:
- A copy of your passport identification page(s) or national I.D. card;
- Proof of English proficiency (an official TOEFL or IELTS score report) [note: applicants with undergraduate degrees from the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore or United Kingdom are excluded from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement];
- Proof of sufficient funding
- For more information about applications from international students, please see International Admissions Requirements.
The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
WICHE - WRGP
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The Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay 150% of Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.
To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and Graduate Division at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).