Graduate Studies

Our geography graduate program offers individually arranged, research-based MA and PhD degrees.

Students who enter the geography graduate program at UH Mānoa participate in world-class academic and applied geographic research under the guidance of our energetic faculty. Geography graduates are well situated to begin exciting careers in public and private sectors, and in higher education environments.

Geography Graduate Students

Applying for Graduate Study

Prospective MA or PhD students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our faculty. We welcome applications from individuals whose academic interests match our expertise.

  • The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15 (Fall admissions only).

1) Complete Online Graduate Application

Prospective MA and PhD students must complete the online application as provided by Graduate Division. All questions concerning the application and associated requirements should be directed to Graduate Division. There is an application fee. GRE scores are recommended but not required.

2) Upload Supplemental Documents

Applicants must submit the following documents, if applicable, through the Graduate Divison website:

  • Statement of Objectives: 1-2 pages describing research goals, relevant experience, and future plans.
  • Three recommendation letters (academic preferred).
  • Writing sample: Required for PhD. Optional for MA.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from students from non-English-speaking countries.

Considering our geography graduate program and have questions? Feel free to contact our graduate chair.

Current graduate student? Access the MA Handbook, PhD Handbook, and Graduate Program Forms