PhD Application Process and Materials

Processing of admission applications begins October 1 for the following fall semester with an application deadline of February 1 (Jan. 15 for international applicants). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible. Applications not completed with all required materials by the deadline may miss the review deadline for being considered. Be sure to do both parts listed below!

1. UHM Application Materials

UHM Graduate Division requires:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent)
  • Payment of an application fee
  • Completion of UHM Graduate Division Application specifying LTEC PhD
  • Residency Declaration Form
  • Financial status verification (international students only)
  • There are specific additional requirements for international students, including an earlier deadline (Jan. 15) and TOEFL or IELTs scores for those from countries where the native language is not English. International students should carefully check the Graduate Division website for details.

UHM Graduate Division Applications can be submitted either online (recommended) or via a paper application. 

Further information regarding the application process for all students, and especially regarding international student application requirements is found on the UHM Graduate Division website. Students should check the website carefully for any changed requirements.

2. LTEC Application Materials

In addition, the LTEC PhD program requires the following:

  • Graduate Record Exam – GRE scores including writing are required by all applicants and must be current (within the last five years). While this is a departmental requirement, scores must be sent to UHM (you fill out a sheet when you apply to take the exam that covers where you want your scores sent). No exceptions are made to GRE requirements. 
  • Statement of career objectives and research interests (2 page essay) – (see Statement of Objectives Guide
  • Three (3) letters of recommendations related to the applicant’s potential to be successful in doctoral education (academic and professional references). Note that since full-time LTEC faculty already comprise the PhD Admissions Committee, full-time LTEC faculty cannot provide applicant recommendation letters. LTEC PhD. Affiliated faculty may provide recommendation letters. (Recommendation Letter Guide)
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  • Evidence of scholarly writing and/or research ability (writing sample)
  • Interview (only if requested by the department)

All LTEC items should be submitted through Makalei (preferred) or via email to

Details on materials to be sent to LTEC can be found on the LTEC website