Graduate Admissions FAQ

 Application Documents

To UH-Manoa Graduate Division:

  • Application form (paper or on-line)
  • GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Transcripts of your BA coursework and any subsequent post-graduate coursework*

To the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Attention: Cherry Lacsina):

  • 3 letters of recommendation mailed directly to us by the recommenders on the official letterhead stationary of their respective institutions; letters should address your capacity to engage in advanced academic work at the graduate level – for this reason, letters from former faculty are generally most informative. There is no required format for the letter and no official form to be used; it should be sent to:

    ATTN: Cherry Lacsina

    Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

    University of Hawaii, Manoa

    1890 East West Road, Moore Hall 382

    Honolulu, HI 96822

  • A Statement of Objectives for your study in our program. Your statement should primarily address your current research interests (including prior study or life experiences that have led you to these current interests), your long-term objectives for your course of graduate study, and your plans for meeting these objectives while enrolled in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at UH-Manoa. Form available at:
  • A writing sample is not required for an application to the M.A. program. (If you have a publication in your field that might provide helpful information to the Admissions Committee regarding your academic capabilities, you should feel free to include it with your application.)
  • Applicants for the Ph.D. must submit a sample of their scholarly writing in English. A completed paper produced in the major area of interest is most desirable (as this will give faculty members a chance to see the applicant’s interests and research capabilities); however, the primary goal is to provide a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to prepare and conduct research (e.g., an empirically-grounded study, or a study that draws on primary sources as evidence) to write clearly, to think analytically, and to produce a paper that follows established research conventions. A proposal, literature review, or abstract, therefore, is not a good substitute. A paper copy via post and a pdf file via email to (no zip files allowed) must be submitted.

*NOTE: Transcripts and scores on standardized tests may be submitted with “unofficial” copies, but official copies must be submitted if you are admitted to the program. The department has no minimal “cut scores” for the GRE; an applicant’s scores are one of several factors considered in the admissions decision. The departmental minimum for the TOEFL is 560 (83 for Internet-based); applicants whose scores fall slightly below this minimum may be considered as admissible, depending on the strength of the other components of the application.

Information regarding competitively-awarded fellowships/scholarships is available both on the UH-Manoa Center for Chinese/Japanese/Korean Studies website** and the UH-Manoa Graduate Division website. The latter website should also provide additional information regarding financial assistance.

Please direct your questions regarding need-based financial assistance to the staff of the UH-Manoa Graduate Division.

** = Center for Japanese Studies

** = Center for Chinese Studies

** = Center for Korean Studies

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance. We look forward to receiving your application.