Admissions

  • 2017 PhD cohort (from L-R): Amanda Silliman, Tina Togafau, Avree Ito-Fujita, Wyatt Souza, Lyn Uratani, Cameron Mahea Ahia, Lauren Nishimura, Nicole Kurashige, and Justin Clapp

Applications for admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are accepted for the Fall semester only.

Additional admissions information for international applicants is available on the Office of Graduate Education’s website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/prospective-students

Applying to the M.A. Program

(MA Application Instructions) (English Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions)

The text below is excerpted from the Office of Graduate Education’s website:

To be eligible, an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, admission is competitive.  Meeting minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

The deadline for receiving all application materials for the M.A. program is January 1.

 

 

Applying to the Ph.D. Program

(PhD Application Instructions) (English Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions)

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a Master’s degree in English or a closely related field.

 

Petition for Admission to a Doctorate in the Same Discipline

(PhD Petition Instructions) (English Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions)

Students who are already enrolled in the English M.A. program at UH Mānoa may apply to the Ph.D. program by filing a formal petition rather than a completely new application. These petitions will be considered and ranked alongside the other applications for admission. An M.A. from the Department of English does not ensure admission to the Ph.D. program, since the Ph.D. program’s goals are more specifically defined, and admission is necessarily more selective than for the M.A. program.

 

The deadline for receiving all application materials for the Ph.D. program, including petitions for admission from current M.A. students, is December 1.

 

Unclassified Students

Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees but who have not been admitted to the graduate program may apply to UH Mānoa as post-baccalaureate unclassified (PBU) students. Once admitted, such students may take graduate courses in English (except for 625) with the permission of the instructor and the Graduate Director. PBU students who are interested in applying for admission to the program at some future date should meet with the Graduate Director in English for advising and for a discussion of which courses will apply to their degree. Upon admission, PBU students have to petition for such courses to be transferred toward their degree. For information on applying as a PBU student, see the Office of Graduate Education’s website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/.