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Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines

For admission in the Fall semester, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered as space permits.

For admission in the Spring semester, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is the preceding September 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered as space permits.

If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the next work day.

Western Regional Graduate Program

We are happy to announce that starting with students entering in Fall 2020, the Department of Linguistics at UH participates in the Western Region Graduate Program.  Graduate Students who are residents of WICHE states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands) with a baccalaureate grade point average of 3.0 or higher will receive reduced tuition at 150% of Hawaiʻi resident tuition.

How to apply for admission

The application process consists of two components: (A) an application to Graduate Division, and (B) supplemental materials specific to the Department of Linguistics. Be sure to complete both components fully.

A. Apply for admission to the Graduate Division

General Information about the Graduate Division’s requirements can be found on their Website for Prospective Students. You may apply to the Graduate Division either online or by paper application.

You will need to provide the following set of documents to the Graduate Division:

1.  Application form and appropriate fee;

2.  One official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, including any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Division;

3. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report is required (for international applicants, as well as some immigrant and US applicants).  Our program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 94 (internet-based test), with subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking for admissibility and for waiver of English Language Institute (ELI) placement tests.  We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of seven in place of the minimum TOEFL scores.  TOEFL or IELTS scores cannot be more than two years old.

Note:  University of Hawaii Graduate Division is no longer accepting the Duolingo English Test as of applications from the Spring 2023 semester.

4. Verification of financial status (for international applicants).

B. Submit supplemental materials specific to the Department of Linguistics

Use the Graduate Application Supplemental Documents Upload Website to submit the following supporting documentation that is specific to the Department of Linguistics.  Visit this tutorial for more information on using the Supplemental Documents Upload Website. Be sure to submit everything as PDF.

1. Department of Linguistics Application Form (PDF)

2. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation:

a. We recommend using the Supplemental Documents Upload Website to request letters of recommendation. Graduate Division will send the request to your letter writers and provide them a link for submitting their letters.

b. If any of your letter writers have trouble loading their letter of recommendation onto the Supplemental Documents Website, another option is to Download the Department of Linguistics Letter of Recommendation Form [PDF]. After signing the waiver, you may send it to the appropriate letter writers.  Upon completion, they can email it to the address.  Some letter writers may prefer not to use the form and will instead provide their letter of recommendation on their company’s letterhead.  This option also works.

3. A sample of your academic writing, such as a seminar paper. This must be in English or ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

4. Statement of Objectives form [PDF].  If it’s more convenient, you may submit your statement using MS Word.

Do not submit GRE scores; we do not accept the GRE as part of the admission packet.


E-mail or call (808) 956-8602.

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
1890 East West Road, Moore Hall 569  [map]
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822 USA
Office Hours M-F  8 AM – 4:30 PM
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