To be admitted to a CPIS graduate program (MA or Certificate), applicants must meet the requirements specific to the CPIS program, as well as those of UH Mānoa Graduate Division. Click here for UH Mānoa Graduate Division requirements.
MA in Pacific Islands Studies
The CPIS graduate program welcomes students to apply for admission to MA program in Pacific Islands Studies. Applicants should possess some knowledge of the geographical features, cultural characteristics, and history of the Pacific Islands region, as well as some familiarity with contemporary issues and concerns. In general, 12 credit hours (or the equivalent) of appropriate Pacific-related course work are expected to satisfy this requirement.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Graduate Division requires several materials from applicants in addition to those required by CPIS. Click here for UH Mānoa requirements.
In addition to UH Mānoa Graduate Division requirements, applicants to the MA in Pacific Islands Studies must submit the following:
- Writing sample (short term paper or thesis chapter that demonstrates an ability to write clearly and knowledgably about a Pacific-related topic)
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (solicited from individuals familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate performance who can address questions of academic potential and readiness for graduate level work)
Click here for a list of degree requirements for students admitted to the MA in Pacific Islands Studies program.
Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies
Students must previously have been admitted to the Graduate Division in a field of study when applying for admission to the Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies Program. A letter of application to the CPIS Graduate Chair is required to be considered for admission to the Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies program.
Click here for a list of requirements for students admitted to the Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies program.
The Center encourages prospective graduate students applying for admission to the MA or certificate program to communicate with the Graduate Chair actively and in advance of submitting applications for admissions. Contact CPIS today to start your CPIS Student Life as a certificate student!
Dr. Terence Wesley-Smith, Graduate Chair
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 209