For admission to our graduate program, apply through the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education by submitting an online application or a paper application. University-wide graduate admission requirements are listed in detail here.
Being an undergraduate sociology major is not a requirement in applying to the graduate program. However, those who do not have appropriate prior coursework (such as undergraduate sociological theory and methods) will need to make up these courses, in addition to the usual degree requirements, if they are admitted and enrolled.
On a similar note, an M.A. degree is not required for the Ph.D. program. In fact, if a student is planning to pursue a Ph.D. eventually, it is recommended that he/she apply directly to the Ph.D. program. Those admitted will be eligible to receive an MA degree as part of the program "en route" to their Ph.Ds.
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The following materials are required by the Office of Graduate Education as well as the Department of Sociology. However, documents only need to be mailed to the Office of Graduate Education; if approved, they will be forwarded to our department automatically.
Please mail all of the above documents to the Office of Graduate Education at:
|University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
International students: please see special sociology department admissions requirements and English Proficiency Tests for more information regarding admission deadlines and TOEFL requirements.
The following materials are required only by the Department of Sociology, specific to our graduate admission process.
Please mail the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, academic writing sample, and CV directly to us at:
|Graduate Admissions, Department of Sociology
University of Hawai'i
2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 247
Honolulu HI 96822
For an overview of graduate financial aid at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM), please see Office of Graduate Education pages on financial support and the website for Financial Aid Services, which include, among other things, a list of graduate scholarships. International students should also see the website for International Student Services.
Our department has a limited amount of internal financial aid and employment funds that it offers to incoming students. Students who are accepted into the department graduate program are eligible for tuition waivers (usually partial), and to work at the department on an hourly basis as course assistants. We may also offer graduate teaching assistantships (depending on funding available from the College of Social Sciences), which include a full tuition waiver, health benefits, and salary, to exceptional incoming students who are judged to have particularly strong qualifications.
For incoming students from the Asia-Pacific region, or with interests in that area, the East-West Center at UHM is an important source of financial aid. Please see East-West Center Scholarships & Fellowships for application information. These awards usually have application deadlines well in advance of that of the sociology department or Office of Graduate Education. For example, the Graduate Degree Fellowship application is due November 1st for Fall admission.
Additional scholarships, including some open to graduate students, are administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity. To find fellowships that are administered by sources outside the of the university, there are a number of publicly accessible databases available: graduate fellowship database.
In addition to graduate teaching assistantships administered by the department, many sociology graduate students have been successful in finding graduate research and teaching assistantships that are administered by other units or by individual University professors. Research assistantships are generally linked to specific extramural grant projects, and usually offer full tuition waiver, salary, and health benefits. Students with strong technical or methodological skills are particularly in demand. Though it is more typical for such jobs to go to graduate students already on campus, incoming students who have received admission can also apply. One can get an idea of the kinds of positions available by looking at the UH jobs website.
Finally, there are numerous hourly jobs for students (including those specifically for graduate students) available on the UH campus. Once you have committed to attending UH, you may be able to start your search using the online job database of Student Employment and Cooperative Education. However, if you are not already taking classes, you should contact SECE first to determine your eligibility.
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