Graduate Education Academic Policies
Classification of Students
Only students who have been admitted to an advanced degree, certificate program, or special non-degree program by Graduate Education are designated as classified (regular or special non-degree) graduate students.
Regular Graduate Student
An applicant will be eligible for admission as a “regular” classified graduate student if he or she has the following:
Students who have taken courses after receiving a bachelor's degree and whose GPA for 12 or more credit hours of upper division and/or graduate-level post-baccalaureate work is below 3.0 are not generally admissible even if they meet the minimum GPA requirements in category 1. International students with a GPA of less than a B average in their undergraduate work and/or less than a B average in 12 credit hours of post-baccalaureate work are generally not admissible.
Students whose bachelor's and/or master's degrees were incomplete at the time they filed applications for admission are "conditionally admitted" graduate students. They must submit an official transcript certifying completion of their degree to the Graduate Student Services Office. This must be submitted within 60 days after the award of the degree. Registration will be denied for the following semester to those who fail to meet this requirement.
Special Non-degree Graduate Students
Special non-degree graduate students are admitted by Graduate Education as classified graduate students for a specified program of study, research, or training without degree objectives for a limited period of time (usually one year) under the sponsorship of an educational institution or government agency.
Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified Students
Individuals who wish to take UH Manoa courses as a post-baccalaureate unclassified (PBU) student, must apply to the Graduate Student Services Office, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 353B, Honolulu, HI 96822. (International applicants on an F-1 Student VISA are not eligible to apply.)
Students must submit an online application, application fee, and an official transcript verifying degree conferral of a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning. Applicants who received their bachelor's degree from a foreign institution are also required to submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Modules test results.
Applicants may download the PBU application from the Graduate Education website at manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/ or complete the graduate online application and select Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified as their intended program. Admission as an unclassified post-baccalaureate student does not constitute admissions as a classified student, nor does it guarantee future admissions as a classified student to a degree program. PBU students may not be eligible for certain benefits and services such as Veterans Affairs benefits, social security benefits, some types of federal financial aid, etc. PBU students are subject to graduate tuition rates. PBU students will need approval to take 600-800 level courses at UH Manoa.
Students who take course work at the graduate level in a summer session but who have not been admitted to an advanced degree program at UH Manoa register as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. However, appropriate but limited credit hours earned from summer session courses while in unclassified status prior to admission to Graduate Education are countable toward an advanced degree at the recommendation of the graduate programs involved. See “Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified Students” above.
Application for admission to a summer session should be made to Outreach College, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2440 Campus Road, Box 447, Honolulu, HI 96822. Admission to a summer session does not imply or guarantee eventual admission to Graduate Education.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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