Instructions for Applying to our Graduate Programs

Application Deadlines

For admission in the Fall semester, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15th.

For admission in the Spring semester, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is September 1st.

The application process requires that applicants send application materials to (i) UH Manoa Graduate Division and (ii) the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Application Documents

(i) To UH Manoa Graduate Division:
  • Application form (paper or on-line)
  • GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • TOEFL scores (no older than 2 years) (for international applicants, as well as some immigrants and US applicants)
  • Transcripts of your BA coursework and any subsequent post-graduate coursework* [to Graduate Division, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 353, Honolulu, HI 96822]

*Note: Transcripts and scores on standardized tests may be submitted with “unofficial” copies, but official copies must be submitter if you are admitted to the program. However, applicants are encouraged to request official transcript copies as soon as possible. The department has no minimal “cut scores” for the GRE; an applicant’s scores are one of several factors considered in the admissions decision. The departmental minimum for the TOEFL score is 560 (83 for Internet-based); applicants whose scores fall slightly below this minimum may be considered as admissible, depending on the strength of the other components of the application.

(ii) To the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Attention: Ms. Evelyn Nakanishi):
  • 3 letters of recommendation mailed directly to us by the recommenders on the official letterhead of their respective institutions; letters should address your capacity to engage in academic work at the graduate level – for this reason, letters from former faculty are generally most informative. There is no required format for the letter and no official form to be used; it should be sent to:

EALL Graduate Chair
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Hawaii, Manoa
1890 East West Road, Moore Hall 382
Honolulu, HI 96822
ATTN: Ms. Evelyn Nakanishi

  • A Statement of Objectives for your study in our program. Your statement should primarily address your current research interests (including your prior study or life experiences that have led you to these current interests), your long-term objectives for your course of graduate study, and your plans for meeting these objectives while enrolled in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at UH Manoa. Form available at: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/sites/manoa.hawaii.edu.graduate/files/documents/forms/sobj.pdf
  • A writing sample is not required for an application to the M.A. program. (If you have a piece of work in your field that might provide helpful information to the admissions Committee regarding your academic capabilities, you should feel free to include it with your application.)
  • Applicants for the Ph.D. must submit a sample of their scholarly writing in English. A completed paper produced in the major area of interest is most desrieable (as this will give faculty members a chance to see the applicant’s interests and research capabilities); however, the primary goal is to provide a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to prepare and conduct research (e.g., and empirically-grounded study, or a study that draws on primary sources as evidence) to write clearly, to think analytically, and to produce a paper that follows established research conventions. A proposal, literature review, or abstract, therefore, is not a good substitute. A paper copy via post and a pdf file via email to nakanish@hawaii.edu (no zip files allowed) must be submitted.
  • Unofficial copy of GRE scores (no older then 5 years)
  • Unofficial copy of TOEFL scores (no older than 2 years) (for international applicants as well as some immigrants and US applicants)
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts of your BA coursework and any subsequent post-graduate coursework
  • Curriculum Vitae

Send paper copies of the above documents to the following address:

EALL Graduate Chair
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Hawaii, Manoa
1890 East West Road, Moore Hall 382
Honolulu, HI 96822
ATTN: Ms. Evelyn Nakanishi

 

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