Prospective Graduate Student Information

Graduate Program Admission Requirements & Application

General Requirements

In general, Graduate Division has two requirements for admission. First, an applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university, or must have earned the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a reputable foreign institution. Second, an applicant must provide evidence of a strong academic record. This means the applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better (or the equivalent in other grading systems) during the last four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate work, and in all post-baccalaureate work. Students with a slightly lower grade-point average in undergraduate work may very rarely be approved for admission to the M.A. program, but applicants to that program with grade-point averages below 2.7 will be rejected. No such marginal applicants will be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

How to Apply

There are certain application forms the applicant should return directly to the Graduate Chair. You may mail or drop off your required documents to the appropriate location. Failure to submit any of these pieces of information may result in the rejection of your application. Below is a list of important items required for application.

You must submit the following items to Graduate Division:
• Application Form & Fee
• One copy of all academic transcripts
• GRE Scores
• TOEFL Scores (for international applicants)
• Other documents as requested in the application form

You must submit the following items to the Graduate Chair, Department of History at Sakamaki Hall:
• Express Information Form (PDF)
• Statement of Objectives
• Writing Sample
• Letters of Recommendation (2 for M.A. Program*; 3 for Ph.D. Program)

Applying for an Assistantship:

You must submit the following items to the Graduate Chair (Department of History at Sakamaki Hall):
• Graduate Assistantship Application Form (PDF)
• Graduate Assistantship Evaluation Form (PDF) (to be submitted with each letter of recommendation).
• CV or resume

For more details about admission requirements and guidelines, please refer to the Prospective Student Information brochure (Updated July 2019).


*Please Note: Prospective M.A. Program students applying for a graduate assistantship must submit an additional letter of recommendation, for a total of three (3) letters of recommendation.
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Graduate Division
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Student Services
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Department of History
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Graduate Chair
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki A-203
Honolulu, HI 96822

Information for Prospective Graduate Assistants

Graduate teaching assistantships constitute the largest source of financial assistance available to students through the Department of History. The primary duty of graduate teaching assistants is to assist faculty in the World History Program by grading papers, counseling students, and conducting weekly discussion sessions with students taking History 151 or 152. The Department of History calculates the work load of graduate teaching assistants at 20 hours per week, so assistants carry course loads of no more than nine hours per semester.

Prospective students must apply for graduate teaching assistantships separately from admission to the Department of History and Graduate Division. The assistantships are renewable, assuming satisfactory progress toward the degree, for a maximum of two years at the M.A. level and three years at the Ph.D. level (though never longer than necessary to complete a degree program).

Graduate Assistant or Assistantship
Download the Graduate Assistant Policy (PDF)

World History Program Teaching Assistants
Download the World History TA Guidelines (PDF) (updated August 2020)

Important Deadlines

The Department must receive completed applications for assistantships, including all supporting materials, no later than December 15 for all admissions to the graduate program for the following academic year (fall admission only). The deadlines for applications for financial assistance are also December 15.