Graduate Admissions


Application Deadlines

  • For admission in the Fall semester, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 10th. Applications received after this date will be considered as space permits.
  • For admission in the Spring semester, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is the preceding September 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered as space permits.

 

How to apply for admission

The application process consists of two components: (I) an application to UH Graduate Division, and (II) an application to the Department of Linguistics. Be sure to complete both components fully.

  1. Apply for admission to the UH Graduate Division
    General Information about Graduate Division Requirements can be found on their Website for Prospective Students. You may apply to the Graduate Division either online or by paper application.

    1. You will need to provide the following set of documents to the Graduate Division:
      1. Application form and Appropriate fee;
      2. One official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Division;
      3. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report is required (for international applicants, as well as some immigrant and US applicants).  Our program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet)/250 (computer)/600 (paper) for admissibility and for waiver of English Language Institute (ELI) placement tests.  We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of seven in place of the TOEFL 100/250/600.  TOEFL or IELTS scores cannot be more than two years old;
      4. Verification of financial status (for international applicants).
    2. Contact Information
      Graduate Division
      Admissions Office
      University of Hawaii at Manoa
      2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
      Honolulu, HI 96822
      Phone: (808) 956-8544
      Email: admissions@grad.hawaii.edu

  2. Apply for admission to the UH Department of Linguistics.
    1. Collect the following separate set of documents, to be sent to the Linguistics Department:

      1. The Department of Linguistics Application form
      2. Three (3) letters of recommendation (see pages 3-5 of the department's application form; these pages are all the same)
      3. One official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, sent directly from the institution to the Linguistics Department; [yes this is a duplicate of #2 above]
      4. GRE scores (no more than 5 years old);
      5. A sample of your academic writing, such as a seminar paper. This must be in English.
      6. Statement of Objectives
    2. Send these documents to the Linguistics Department:
      Linguistics Department
      University of Hawaii at Manoa
      1890 East-West Road, Moore 569
      Honolulu, HI 96822

      Phone: (808) 956-8602
      Email: linguist@hawaii.edu
      Web: www.ling.hawaii.edu

NOTE: If you are interested in working primarily on second language acquisition with Professor Bley-Vroman and/or Professor Schwartz, please direct your application to the Department of Second Language Studies, where they are also members of the Graduate Faculty.

Department Updates

NEW The Graduate Chair holds office hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. To sign up for appointment times, log in to either a gmail account or your UH email account and then click here.

Roshan Institute Fellowship is now available. Click for more information.

Professors Andrea Berez and Victoria Anderson receive NSF grant for the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

Amy Schafer awarded large NSF grant

Research team discovers existence of Hawai'i Sign Language, the last of America's undiscovered languages

Click here to view University of Hawaii at Manoa press release about Hawai'i sign language discovery.

Click here to view Hawai'i sign language demonstration.

Google Partners with UH Mānoa Linguistics on Endangered Languages Project

Bilinski Fellowships in Linguistics - Pre-dissertation fellowship added to the dissertation fellowships. Click here for information. Click here to view the 2011 Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship video.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Wait List for Ling 102 Unit Mastery. Write to linguist@hawaii.edu

General Ed in Linguistics -
  • Click here for a list of linguistics courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

Unit Mastery LING 150B and LING 102 as well as classroom formats.
Want to know more?
Check out this short video.

Fall 2014 course schedule and descriptions.(PDF)

List of potential committee members


Language Documentation Training Center

Language Documentation & Conservation