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How to Apply: Admission Requirements
Master of Arts in Religious Traditions of Asia and the Pacific
Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines:
Applications are accepted for Fall semester only. No Spring admissions.

  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents:  February 1
  • International Applicants:  February 1

Admissions Requirements:
Applicants must complete two sets of materials:

  1. UH Graduate Division Application and documents, and
  2. Supporting materials required by the Department of Religions & Ancient Civilizations.

1. Required materials to UH Graduate Division:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Official post-secondary academic transcripts
  • Official TOEFL scores (for non-native speakers of English).  Additional information on English proficiency can be found here
  • Other documentation (for International students)

2.  Required materials to the Department of Religions & Ancient Civilizations:

  • Statement of objectives
  • Curriculum vita
  • Sample of academic writing
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Submit all electronically via the Supplemental Materials upload website, with the exception of the letters of recommendation.

Additional Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information about Graduate Programs?

Please visit the Graduate Division Website

Are late applications and materials accepted?

Late applications are not accepted.  However, letters of recommendation sent directly by the referee may be accepted, but the applicant must ensure that all materials within their control are submitted by the deadline.

Where can I find the Online Application?

Please visit the Graduate Division Website, Submitting your Application page

How do I submit the required electronic materials?

Once you submit your online application, save your login and pin information to use for the Graduate Application Supplemental Materials Upload Website.

How much is the Application Fee?

Please visit the UH Graduate Division website, Documentation Requirements page for information on Application Fees.

How much is the Tuition and Fees?

Please visit the UH Graduate Division website, Cost of Attendance page for information on tuition and fees.

How do I apply for Graduate Assistant positions?

The Religions & Ancient Civilizations (RAC) Admissions Committee automatically considers all admitted applicants for possible appointment as a Graduate Assistant.  No additional forms or applications are required.  The process is highly competitive due to the limited number of positions awarded through the College of Arts, Languages & Letters.

Where do I send my transcripts? Are unofficial copies accepted?

Please visit the UH Graduate Division website, Documentation Requirements page for information on transcripts.

Applicants may submit unofficial copies of transcripts while applying for admission.  However, admitted students are required to submit official transcripts in order to enroll at UHM.  Official transcripts must be sent Graduate Division Student Services directly from the issuing institution(s) or in a sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

Send transcripts to:
Graduate Division
2540 Maile Way
Spalding Hall 354
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

What do I include in my Statement of Objectives?

Applicants should describe the objectives for graduate study, area of specialization within the graduate program, and long-range professional goals.  Include any additional information that will assist the graduate admissions committee in evaluating your application.

What should my Sample of Academic Writing be?

Typically an academic paper previously written on some topic related to religious studies.

How do I submit my Letters of Recommendation?

Since letters of recommendation should be confidential, we ask that your referees email their letters directly to the Graduate Chair.

How do I know if I am accepted?

The Graduate Division will send you a notification regarding the final decision for admission, based in part on Departmental review by the Religions & Ancient Civilizations Admissions Committee.

Who is the Graduate Chair?

The Graduate Chair is Prof. Marie Alohalani Brown (

Department of Religions & Ancient Civilizations Sakamaki Hall, Room A-311
2530 Dole Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822
Office Hours M-F  8:00 AM – 4 PM
(808) 956-8299 /

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