UHM Dept. of Earth Sciences banner, sunset
over Diamond Head, (c) Ken H Rubin

Applying to the Graduate Program in Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS)

The program held three information sessions for potential applicants for Fall 2024 admissions.
The first session gave an overview of the program and new application process, the second session included presentations by the different research divisions and faculty seeking students for Fall 2024 admission, and the third session allowed potential applicants to meet current graduate students.
Slides to the first session can be found here and the second session here.

Do the following by December 1 (Fall admissions) or August 15 (Spring admissions)

(1) Start by following the instructions from the UH Manoa Graduate Division:

  • Complete Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Submit application fee.
  • Submit one transcript for each post-secondary institution attended.

(2) Transcripts and Scores should be sent directly to the Graduate Division as instructed by the Graduate Division:

  • Official transcripts from each collegiate institution attended.
  • Official English proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS) scores for applicants whose native language is not English. See the Graduate Division site for exemptions.
  • GRE scores are not required, but if your Bachelor's degree is from a U.S. institution that uses a non-traditional grading system, see the Graduate Division's requirements for "Non-Traditional Grades."

To expedite the review of your application while the official copies are being processed, you may also upload unofficial copies via Graduate Division's site for Uploading Supplemental Materials.

(3) Submit specific materials required for Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS):

(4) Provide three letters of recommendation
from previous instructors, advisors, collaborators, or employers who can write about the evaluation points listed in the EPS application package:

  • Fill in the top portion of the Recommendation Form and send it to your reference providers for them to complete the remaining portion.
  • Log in to the Graduate Division's site for Uploading Supplemental Materials. Click "Request a Recommendation" and enter your recommender’s email. When you click "send email," your reference providers will receive a link where they can upload their documents.

Questions about our program, the University, living in Hawaiʻi, the admissions process, and/or other topics?
Write the graduate admissions officer (earth-admissions@soest.hawaii.edu) and/or the graduate student representatives (earth-grad-reps@soest.hawaii.edu)