Phd in Education

How to Apply Instructions

All applicants must meet Graduate Division admissions standard and documentation requirements.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Evidence of an outstanding scholastic record in a master’s program from an accredited graduate school
  2. Have potential capacity for leadership in the field of education and administration, as attested to by at least three letters of recommendation from former professors (not in the Department of EDEA), immediate supervisors in employment, or close work associates
  3. Have had employment in the field of education appropriate to the specialization and area of emphasis (documentary evidence of employment must be submitted)
  4. Present scores on the GRE (verbal, quantitative, writing). Applicants from foreign countries where English is not the usual means of communication, must also submit a TOEFL score


  1. Submit an Office of Graduate Division (OGD) Application​

Please carefully review the OGD application instructions and comply with the most current requirements and submission procedures. It is a good idea to submit copies of all graduate division application materials to the COE department you are applying to with your COE application materials.

International students may have different deadlines and requirements.

  1. Submit COE Application Materials

Three letters of recommendation

Evidence of competency in formal writing (i.e. masters thesis, research paper, etc)

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of purpose for pursuing a doctoral degree

Send these application items to:

Doctoral Programs (EDEA Specialization)

UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
Honolulu, HI 96822