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Graduate Program

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 some documents required during your tenure, and other University resources can be found here.

The Chemistry Department has an additional set of forms for students in the PhD program that you need to submit as you progress through the program. These forms 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.

  • Arrange for 3 Evaluations to be sent the Chemistry Department

For more information about application for admission and deadlines please refer to the Graduate Division’s website or e-mail questions to the Chemistry Department.

Student Learning Outcomes PhD Program

The program aims to develop scientists able to perform independent research with moderate supervision in a subdiscipline of chemistry and to present the research results orally and in writing to an audience of peers. The extent to which this goal is reached is assessed with the following SLO’s:

a) progress reports to the student’s committee;

b) completion of 18 credits of advanced course work;

c) presentation of background for research project and of research results in an open forum;

d) publication of research results in peer reviewed journals.

Student Learning Outcomes MS Program

The program aims to develop scientists able to perform independent research with moderate supervision in a subdiscipline of chemistry and to present the research results orally and in writing to an audience of peers. The extent to which this goal is reached is assessed with the following SLO’s:

a) progress reports to the student’s committee;

b) completion of 18 credits of advanced course work;

c) presentation of background for research project and of research results in an open forum;

d) publication of research results in peer reviewed journals.