Graduate Application Requirements
Admission to any of the graduate or certificate programs at Hawai'i Pacific University is based on academic ability and potential for success. Academic ability is evaluated on the applicant's past academic performance and all applicants must also hold a bachelor's degree ( or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university. Although not required for admission, professional work experience, as well as, involvement in organizational or community activities may also be used in the evaluation. Below is a list of all admissions requirements, no one factor will exclude an applicant from consideration, all applications are reviewed from a holistic approach.
International students wishing to apply to either a graduate certificate or master's program must submit other documents, in addition to the documents listed below.
Individuals wishing to apply to a master's degree program at HPU, are required to submit the following:
Individuals wishing to apply to a graduate certificate program, click here for the list of admissions requirements.
All individuals wishing to apply to HPU, must submit an application for graduate admissions. Below describes which application should be used based on program/type of study.
- Applicants wishing to apply to a Master's program, or certificate program are strongly encouraged to apply online. If you need to download the application, click here.
- HPU undergraduates wanting to apply to a Concurrent program, should click here for details.
- Individuals wishing to attend HPU as a graduate study abroad student, should complete the Graduate Study Abroad application (PDF).
- Individuals who wish to attend HPU as non-degree seeking (special status) graduate students, must complete the Special Status application (PDF).
An official transcript, Detailed Marks Certificate, or comparable document showing all course work, grades and proof of earned degrees must be submitted for each institution attended. This is required for all colleges and universities attended. Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution (not photocopies) that bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original, sealed envelopes. College seniors should submit current transcripts followed by a final official transcript showing the award of a baccalaureate degree. If your former institution does not have an online transcript request process, you may find it useful to use our Transcript Request form.
Two (2) letters of recommendation must be submitted by individuals who can attest to your ability to perform graduate work successfully (e.g., former professors, academic counselors, employers, business colleagues). The Business Administration and Military and Diplomacy programs will allow military evaluations (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of letters; the Communication program will allow for one (1) military evaluation. Click here for the recommendation form.
For all programs, except Marine Science applicants:
In 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at Hawai'i Pacific University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss how your unique background would contribute to the diversity of Hawai’i Pacific University’s graduate programs and to the educational experiences of your fellow classmates. You may also take this opportunity to provide information about any related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Marine Science applicants:
Individuals applying to the Marine Science program must submit an essay of up to 1000 words stating your purpose in undertaking graduate study at Hawai’i Pacific University. Describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Discuss how your unique background would contribute to the diversity of Hawai’i Pacific University’s Marine Science program and to the educational experiences of your fellow classmates. You may also take this opportunity to provide information about related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
The following programs require specific standardized exams:
- Business Administration (MBA) programs (including joint MBA programs) requires the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for the following individuals:
- You have a conferred degree from HPU and earned a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
- Have a conferred Masters’s degree or higher from an accredited institution and earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived upon submission and review of a written GMAT/GRE Waiver Request in the following circumstances:
- Transferring to HPU from another accredited graduate program. To be considered, submit the following:
- Official graduate transcript showcasing a minimum of six semester hours of successfully completed coursework.
- Statement indicating the justification for the request
- A minimum of five years, full-time, professional experience in leadership, direct supervision of staff, and development and management of budgets. To be considered, submit the following:
- Professional resume providing detailed descriptions of specific duties and terms of employment for each position held.
- Statement indicating the justification for the request.
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test
- Marine Science program requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test.
All scores should be sent to Hawai'i Pacific University (code: 4352). GRE, GMAT, and PRAXIS II must be less than five years old.
The following programs require applicants to submit a resume to support their application:
- MBA programs
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Diplomacy and Military Studies
- Marine Science
All applicants must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee. Payment may be made by check, credit card, money order, or bank draft in U.S. dollars.
Individuals wishing to apply to one of our graduate certificate programs, must submit the following, unless otherwise noted in the Additional Program Requirements table:
In addition to the above admissions documents, some graduate programs and graduate certificate programs require other materials, please refer to the table below.
|PROGRAM||WORK EXPERIENCE||INTERVIEW||GMAT||GRE||PRAXIS II||Resume||OTHER|
|Business Administration (MBA)||x||x||x||-The GMAT and the GRE are accepted.|
|12 Month Program (MBA)||x||x||x||x||
-The GMAT or GRE is required for the 12 month MBA program. Minimum score for GMAT is a 550, and for the GRE a comparable score is a 151 in verbal reasoning and 152 in quantitative reasoning.
|Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)||x||x||x||-Priority Deadline to apply: February 15, applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
-A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale.
-A minimum of 15 credit hours of work in psychology, including at least one course in statistics and one course in research methods.
|Diplomacy and Military Studies (MA)||x|
|Elementary Education (MEd)||x||
-Education applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA.
|Marine Science (MS)||x||x||x||
-Review of Applications will begin on February 1
-MSN and Nursing certificate applicants must have earned Bachelor of Nursing degree with a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
|Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate||x||x|
|RN to MSN Program||x||x||-The RN to MSN Program applicants do NOT require a baccalaureate degree.
-RN to MSN applicants must submit proof of a valid Hawai'i RN license before official admission decision will be made. If you do not possess a Hawai'i RN license you must apply to request a Hawai'i License. Click here to complete the paperwork to request a Hawai'i RN license. International applicants should click here to learn more.
-Letters of Recommendation should be original and current; It is preferred that one come from a professional associate with a graduate degree, who is able to assess your practice and potential for graduate study and the second from your immediate supervisor detailing your clinical performance.
|Secondary Education (MEd)||x||
-Education applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
|Social Work (MSW)||x||-Social Work applicants must have a minimum of a 3.25 Undergraduate GPA. Those with less than a 3.25 GPA may be considered for conditional or probationary admission and will only be able to enroll in 9 credit hours their first semester
-Social Work applicants who have a BSW degree may be considered for Advanced Standing
|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)||-In addition, to the minimum overall scores listed here, applicants must meet the minimum written scores: paper based TOEFL: TWE 5; computer based TOEFL: ER 5; internet-based (iBT) TOEFL: writing score of 25; IELTS: writing module of 6.5; CPE grade C or CAE grade A. International applicants may also satisfy their English competency requirement through ELS.|
Applications are accepted and admissions decisions are made through out the year; however, in order to allow appropriate time to process applications, we encourage early submission of all materials. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. All programs admit for Fall (Sept - Dec), Spring (Jan - May), and Summer terms (Session 1: May - Jun; Session 2: Jun - Aug; and Session 3: July - Aug), EXCEPT for the following programs:
|12 Month Program (MBA)||Fall term only|
|Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)||Fall term only|
|Elementary Education (MEd)||Fall and Spring terms|
|Marine Science (MS)||Fall term only; the deadline to apply is January 15|
|Social Work (MSW)||Fall term only. Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree MAY be eligible to attend as an Advanced Standing student, which will allow them to begin in the Summer III term. Decisions regarding Advanced Standing are done at the time of the application review.|
|Secondary Education (MEd)||
Fall and Spring terms
|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MEd)||
Fall and Spring terms