The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaiʻi offers Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the field of Oceanography. Students in the Department specialize in one of three sub-disciplines: biological, marine geology and geochemistry, or physical oceanography. Both the M.S. and Ph.D programs are academically challenging and are designed to prepare students for careers in academia, industry, and government. M.S. and Ph.D programs require independent research as well as basic and specialized courses. Information about these programs is provided in the Graduate Student Handbook (PDF); important aspects of the programs relevant to prospective students are summarized below:
U.S. applicants, deadlines to submit applications for admission to the graduate programs are December 15 for Fall admission and September 1 for Spring admission. For foreign applicants, the corresponding deadline is December 15 and August 1.
Most of the Department’s graduate students receive financial support as Research Assistants on federally-funded research grants and contracts. The Department also has several state-funded Teaching Assistantships. Both research and teaching assistantships include tuition waivers. In addition, scholarships in varying amounts are awarded annually on a competitive basis.
applications and required forms
The official application form is available at the University of Hawaiʻi Graduate Division Admissions page. The application and supporting documents become the property of the University and are not returned or available for distribution.
All information that needs to be submitted can be found in this APPLICANT CHECKLIST (PDF).
Forms required by the Department can be found here. Safari users should download and fill out PDF files offline:
- Graduate Assistantship application (PDF)
- Letter of recommendation form (PDF)
- Graduate Program Supplemental Information Form (PDF)
- Statement of Objectives (PDF)
Application Forms for Admission and Financial Aid are also available by writing to:
The Department of Oceanography University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 1000 Pope Road Honolulu, HI 96822 email: email@example.com
frequently asked questions
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