Programs: The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Research opportunities are available in a wide-range of contemporary areas of chemistry, including organic, inorganic, bioinorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry. Information about potential research projects are discussed on individual faculty homepages.
Degree Requirements: For all graduate students, the first two semesters are spent mainly on coursework. An individualized program of study is planned for each student that is based on his or her interests, as well as his/her performance on a series of qualifying examinations taken before the first semester. Each student is encouraged to choose a thesis advisor during the first semester and to begin research. Specific Chemistry Department requirements are outlined in Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Chemistry and general Graduate Degree requirements for the University of Hawaii at Manoa can be found at the Graduate Division Website
Support: New graduate students are offered teaching assistantships along with tuition waivers for the first semester. Continuing students maintaining satisfactory progress toward completion of their degree are supported with teaching or research assistantships throughout the entire year. All assistantships and tuition waivers are tuition-exempt.
Students in the Graduate Program: Detailed requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, links to all the documents required during your tenure, and other University resources can be found here
Applications: Application for admission should be made as early as possible. The University has slightly different requirements and application deadlines for:
US residents application deadline :
- Fall admission: May 1
- Spring admission: September 1
Foreign students application deadline :
- Fall admission: March 1
- Spring admission: August 1
Additional information for international applicants can be found here
To apply, complete all the steps below and email these forms to the Chemistry Department. Mac users: Please use Adobe to complete the form as Preview, the default on a Mac, does not save the data in a format we can retrieve.
- Complete the On-line application
- Complete the GA Application
- Calculate your Grade Point Average
- Fill out your Personal Statement
- Arrange for 3 Evaluations to be sent the Chemistry Department