PhD, Learning Design & Technology



How long do I need to live in Hawaii to qualify for resident tuition?

Generally, you would need to reside in Hawaii for at least one calendar year (365 days) to qualify for resident tuition. However, the residency requirements are complex, and there are exceptions. Please visit the UHM Office of Admissions’s site for more in-depth information about the residency requirements.


Is TOEFL required for admission into the program?

Applicants with foreign nationalities (i.e. not USA) who have completed their Bachelor’s or Master’s in the United States do not need to take the TOEFL.

What is the minimum score required for the TOEFL or the IELTS?

The LTEC department abides by the required minimum scores as set by the UH Manoa Graduate Division. As such, there may not be a minimum score requirement. Nonetheless, test scores should reflect an adequate understanding of English.

Is GRE required for admission into the PhD program?

Yes, GRE is required for all applicants. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline. Please contact the LTEC Office ( if you’ll be unable to submit your GRE scores by the application deadline. In some cases, we will allow applicants to submit GRE scores after the application deadline.

Will another standardized test, such as the GMAT, fulfill the GRE test requirement for the LTEC PhD program?

No, only the GRE will fulfill the standardized test requirement for the LTEC PhD program.

What is the latest date to take the GRE for Fall admission into the LTEC PhD program?

The application deadline (February 1st) is the latest date to take the GRE.

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?

The LTEC department takes all aspects of an application into consideration and as such, does not have a minimum GRE score requirement. That being said, an application should be well-rounded and an applicant's GRE scores should demonstrate adequate academic competency.

How do I submit my GRE scores?

When applying to take the GRE, input UH Manoa's code (4867) in the University code section, and your results will automatically be sent to UH Manoa Graduate Division. Therefore, you will not need to personally send a copy of your results to either Graduate Division or the LTEC Department.


What department code do I use to send my GRE scores?

The ETS website does not list Learning Design and Technology or LTEC in their list of departmental codes. The departmental code section can be left blank but please make sure that the University code for the University of Hawaii at Manoa (4867) is inputted.

What should a Statement of Objectives include?

The LTEC department does not require applicants to include a particular element in their Statement of Objectives however we do provide applicants with a Statement of Objectives guide to steer them in the right direction.

Forgot PIN for Graduate division application

Forgotten PINs cannot be recovered. You must create a new Login ID and PIN and start a new Graduate Division application.  

When will I find out when I have been admitted?

The faculty review committee begins reviewing applications after the deadline. You can expect to the committee to come to a decision regarding your application around late April or early May; the information will be sent out around that time. It is also possible for this information to be released earlier or later than the aforementioned months.

After receiving the acceptance letter, when will additional information regarding registration for courses be given?

During the mandatory orientation, mentioned in the acceptance letter, any questions about registering for courses as well as any additional questions you might have regarding the program will be answered. You will also be assisted with registering for classes during this day.


Can credits be transferred into the PhD program?

No, credits cannot be transferred into the PhD program.

Can I start taking LTEC courses the summer before I have been accepted into the PhD program?

Typically, the LTEC PhD program does not allow a credits transfer. Of course, you are still able to take courses before being accepted into the program, however, they will not count towards your LTEC PhD degree.