WICHE Program

UHM participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). The program enables legal residents of WICHE member states to enroll in selected out-of-state graduate programs at reduced tuition rates. Below is a list of WICHE member states.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawai‘i
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

Through WRGP, legal residents of WICHE member states may enroll in selected out-of-state graduate programs at resident tuition rates. They apply directly to the institutions of their choice and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants. They must meet the admissions requirements stipulated by the institution to which they apply.  WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UHM are required to meet the GPA requirement of 3.5 or higher, or otherwise possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply. Due to residency determination, WRGP nominations and approvals can only be done at the time of admissions. It can not be converted once a student begins your graduate program at UHM. Below is a list of participating WRGP programs at UHM.

  • Asian Studies, MA
  • Biomedical Sciences (Tropical medicine), MS and PhD,
  • Communication and Information Sciences (Interdisciplinary), PhD
  • Dance (Asian), MA, MFA
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures, MA and PhD
  • Electrical Engineering (Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Option, GRAD CERT), MS and PhD
  • Entomology (Tropical) MS and PhD
  • Epidemiology, PhD
  • Geosciences for Professionals, MGeo
  • Marine Biology, MS and PhD
  • Mechanical Engineering (Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Option, GRAD CERT), MS and PhD
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management, MS and PhD
  • Nutritional Sciences, MS
  • Nutrition, PhD
  • Oceanography (Interdisciplinary), MS and PhD
  • Pacific Islands Studies, MA
  • Philosophy (Asian and comparative), MA and PhD
  • Political Science (Indigenous Politics and Alternative Futures), MA and PhD
  • Public Health, MPH
  • Public Health (Community-Based and Translational Research) DrPH
  • Second Language Studies, MA and PhD
  • Teaching (Hawaiian Language Immersion Education), MEdT
  • Theatre (Asian), MA, MFA, and PhD
  • Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, MS and PhD
  • Urban and Regional Planning, MA and PhD