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Anthony Walker

Anthony Walker

MSIS

Hawaii

Anthony Walker is a local student from Hawaii but has lived many places in the United States while growing up. “HPU was a very convenient decision. The MSIS program really supports my career goals.”

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Graduate Application Requirements

Admission to any of the graduate or certificate programs at Hawai'i Pacific University is based on academic ability and potential for success.  Academic ability is evaluated on the applicant's past academic performance.  All applicants must also hold a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) for master's level programs, or hold a master's degree (or its equivalent) for doctoral level programs from an accredited college or university.  Although not required for admission, professional work experience, as well as, involvement in organizational or community activities may also be used in the evaluation.   Below is a list of admissions requirements, and all applications are reviewed from a holistic approach.

Individuals wishing to apply to a master's or doctoral degree program at HPU, may be required to submit the following based on specific program requirements:

Application | Transcripts | Letters of RecommendationStatement of Purpose | Test Scores | Resume | App Fee | Supplemental Requirements

International students wishing to apply must submit other documents, in addition to the documents listed below.

Individuals wishing to apply to a graduate certificate program, click here for the list of admissions requirements. 

Application:

Below describes which application for admission should be used based on program/type of study.

Applicants applying to a Doctoral, Master's, or certificate program are strongly encouraged to apply online.  If you need to download the application, click here.

HPU undergraduates wanting to apply to a Concurrent program, should click here for details.

Individuals wishing to attend HPU as a graduate study abroad student, should complete the Graduate Study Abroad application (PDF).

Individuals who wish to attend HPU as non-degree seeking (special status) graduate students, must complete the Special Status application (PDF).

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Transcripts:

Based on program requirements, either the final official transcript showing conferred degree or all official transcripts for each institution attended may be required.  Official transcripts/records are defined as original documents issued by the institution (not photocopies) that bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original, sealed envelopes.  College seniors should submit current transcripts followed by a final official transcript showing the award of a conferred degree.

If your former institution does not have an online transcript request process, you may find it useful to use our Transcript Request form

Mailing Address:  HPU Office of Graduate Admission, 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813

In addition to providing official transcripts, students who have completed coursework at a non-US college must also submit a certified evaluation (course-by-course with GPA calculation) and translation by a NACES member organization.

This NACES evaluation and translation converts your non-US coursework to the US equivalency so that HPU can evaluate your material for admission. You may wish to contact a few member organizations to determine the best price and timeline.

Letters of Recommendation (LOR):

Letters of recommendation must be submitted by individuals who can attest to your ability to perform graduate level work successfully (e.g., former professors, academic counselors, employers, business colleagues).  Click here for the recommendation letter form.
 

Statement oF Purpose:

A statement of purpose or essay is to provide the admission committee insight on your career aspirations, your ethics, your technical aptitude, etc. This is your chance to explain to the admission committee why you are seeking higher education and what is your main purpose or objective.

 


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MARINE SCIENCE (MSMS)

Individuals applying to the Marine Science program must submit an essay of up to 1000 words stating your purpose in undertaking graduate study at Hawai’i Pacific University.  Describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.  Discuss how your unique background would contribute to the diversity of Hawai’i Pacific University’s Marine Science program and to the educational experiences of your fellow classmates.  You may also take this opportunity to provide information about related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application

 

DOCTORATE OF NURSing Practice (DNP)

Individuals applying to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must submit a statement of purpose of up to 1000 words answering the following question: describe (1) your understanding of what the doctor of nursing practice education will add to your current advanced practice role, (2) preparations you have made, or plan to make, to ensure successful completion of the program and (3) a practice change initiative that would directly or indirectly improve healthcare for a population of interest (include citations and references).

 

ALL OTHER GRADUATE PROGRAMS

In 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at Hawai'i Pacific University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.
Also discuss how your unique background would contribute to the diversity of Hawai’i Pacific University’s graduate programs and to the educational experiences of your fellow classmates.  You may also take this opportunity to provide information about any related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
 

Test Scores:

Standardized entrance exams are specific to each program and may include: Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).

Select programs may waive standardized entrance exams based on the following.  Please verify with the program requirements below to determine if the program practices these waiver options:
The GMAT/GRE requirement for a program, will be waived if one of the following criteria is met:
  1. - You have a conferred degree from HPU and earned a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).         
  2. - You have a conferred Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution and earned a minimum of  a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
The GMAT/GRE requirement for a program may be waived upon submission and review of a written GMAT/GRE Waiver Request in the following circumstances:
  1. - Transferring to HPU from another accredited graduate program.
  2.           To be considered, submit the following: Official graduate transcript with a minimum of six semester
              hours of successfully completed coursework. Statement indicating the justification for the request
              may be reqeusted by program.
    - A minimum of five years, full-time, professional experience in leadership, direct supervision of staff, and development and management of budgets. 
     
              To be considered, submit the following: Professional resume detailing specific duties and terms of
              employment for each position held. Statement indicating the justification for the request.

All scores should be sent to Hawai'i Pacific University (code: 4352).  Standardized entrance exams must be less than five years old. Mailing Address:  HPU Office of Graduate Admission, 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813

Resume:

The purpose of a resume is to provided the admission committee insight regarding your professional experience. Specific programs require applicants to submit a resume to support their application.  Please refer to program requirements chart below.

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Application Fee:

All applicants must submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.  Payment may be made by check, credit card, money order, or bank draft in U.S. dollars. 

Graduate Certificate programs:

Individuals wishing to apply to one of our graduate certificate programs, must submit the following, unless otherwise noted in the Admissions Requirements by Program table:   Application; Transcripts; Application fee 



Admissions Requirements by Program:

 

DOCTORATE OF NURSing practice (DNP)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
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 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcripts from ALL prior institutions
Valid RN License
*Statement of Purpose
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2 LOR
Fall
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Michelle Johnson
mjohnson@hpu.edu

*Statement of Purpose:  Individuals applying to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program must submit a statement of purpose of up to 1000 words answering the following question: describe (1) your understanding of what the doctor of nursing practice education will add to your current advanced practice role, (2) preparations you have made, or plan to make, to ensure successful completion of the program and (3) a practice change initiative that would directly or indirectly improve healthcare for a population of interest (include citations and references).

 

MASTER OF BUSINESS administration (MBA)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Test Scores: GMAT or GRE
Statement of Purpose 
Resume
2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Summer
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
Dr. Harm-Jan Steenhuis
hsteenhuis@hpu.edu

MBA will allow (1) one military evaluation (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of (1) one letter of recommendation.

Program practices standardized test score (GRE/GMAT) waiver options.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MBA program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

  • 12 Month MBA requires all the above plus 3.5 minimum GPA, 550 minimum GMAT score and Interview. International applicant’s TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 90 with a writing score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 7.0 with a writing score of 6.5.


 

MASTER OF arts in clinical mental health counseling (Macmhc)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Transcripts from ALL prior institutions
Test Scores: GRE     
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Priority  Deadline: February 15
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Susan Watson
swatson@hpu.edu

Priority Deadline to apply:  February 15, applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Standardized test score (GRE) required for all applicants, program does not waive the requirement.

Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum of 15 credit hours of work in psychology, including at least one course in statistics and one course in research methods.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MACMHC program is a TOEFL Overall Score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

MASTER OF arts in communication (Macom)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Timothy Fallis
tfallis@hpu.edu
MACOM program will allow for (1) one military evaluation (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of (1) one letter of recommendation.

 

MASTER OF arts in diplomacy and military studies (Madms)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Resume   
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Russell Hart
rhart@hpu.edu
MADMS programs will allow (1) one military evaluation (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of (1) one letter of recommendation.

 

MASTER OF arts in global leadership and sustainability (Maglsd)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Resume  
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem
rostergaardklem@hpu.edu
 

 

MASTER OF arts in human resource management (Mahrm)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Statement of Purpose 
Resume
2 LOR
Fall
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
Dr. Cheryl Crozier-Garcia
ccrozier@hpu.edu
International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

MASTER OF arts in Organization development and change (MaODC)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Resume    
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Summer
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
Lindsey Gibson
lgibson@hpu.edu
International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

MASTER OF arts in teaching enGlish to speakers of other languages(Matesol)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Ken Cook
kcook@hpu.edu

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MATESOL program is a TOEFL Overall Score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5. Students may also satisfy this requirement through ELS.

 

MASTER OF education in educational leadership (Medel)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Interview   
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
Mani Sehgal
msehgal@hpu.edu

 

MASTER OF education in elementary education (Medeled)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Interview   
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
 Mani Sehgal
msehgal@hpu.edu


Applicants admitted to the MEd graduate program will be required to fulfill the Hawai'i Department of Education's (DOE) Employee Background Check (EBC).

 

 

MASTER OF education in secondary education (Medsec)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Interview   
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
 Mani Sehgal
msehgal@hpu.edu


Applicants admitted to a MEd graduate program will be required to fulfill the Hawai'i Department of Education's (DOE) Employee Background Check (EBC).

 

MASTER OF public administration (Mpa)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Statement of Purpose 
2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Summer
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
Dr. Dan Flood
dflood@hpu.edu

 

MASTER OF Public Health (MPH)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcripts from ALL prior institutions 
Resume
Statement of Purpose 
3 LOR
Fall
Spring
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Lyndall Ellingson
lellingson@hpu.edu

 

MASTER OF science in information systems (Msis)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Test Scores: GMAT or GRE
Statement of Purpose 
Resume
2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Jasmine Kauhane
Assistant Director
808-544-0232
jkauhane@hpu.edu
Matt Levy
mlevy@hpu.edu
Program practices standardized test score (GRE/GMAT) waiver options.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

MASTER OF science in marine science (Msms)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcript(s) with:
       Conferred Bachelor's Degree
       Conferred Master's Degree (if applicable)
Test Scores: GRE
Statement of Purpose 
Resume
2 LOR
Fall
deadline to apply: January 15
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Keith Korsmeyer
kkorsmeyer@hpu.edu

Application deadline is January 15.  Review of Applications will begin on February 1.

Standardized test score (GRE) required for all applicants, program does not waive the requirement.

Marine Science applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree in a natural science discipline and have a minimum of a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA.
 
*Statement of Purpose: Individuals applying to the Marine Science program must submit an essay of up to 1000 words stating your purpose in undertaking graduate study at Hawai’i Pacific University.  Describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.  Discuss how your unique background would contribute to the diversity of Hawai’i Pacific University’s Marine Science program and to the educational experiences of your fellow classmates.  You may also take this opportunity to provide information about related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MSIS program is a TOEFL Overall Score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

MASTER OF science in nursing (Msn)
         - Family nurse practitioner program
         - Adult-gero Acute Care NP program

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM

CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcripts from ALL prior institutions 
*Valid Hawai‘i RN License
Resume    
Statement of Purpose 
*2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Michelle Johnson
mjohnson@hpu.edu

MSN applicants must have earned Bachelor of Nursing degree with a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

*All Applicants must submit proof of valid Hawai'i RN license before official admission decision will be made.  If you do not possess a Hawai'i RN license you must apply to request a Hawai'i License. Click here to complete the paperwork to request a Hawai'i RN license. International applicants should click here to learn more.

*Letters of Recommendation should be original and current; It is preferred that one come from a professional associate with a graduate degree, who is able to assess your practice and potential for graduate study and the second from your immediate supervisor detailing your clinical performance.

Certificate programs have the same admission requirements as an MSN applicant.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MSN program is a TOEFL Overall Score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

MASTER OF science in nursing (Msn) - Rn to msn program

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcripts from ALL prior institutions 
*Valid Hawai‘i RN License
Resume    
Statement of Purpose 
*2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Dr. Michelle Johnson
mjohnson@hpu.edu

The RN to MSN Program applicants do NOT require a baccalaureate degree.

*RN to MSN applicants must submit proof of a valid Hawai'i RN license before official admission decision will be made.   If you do not possess a Hawai'i RN license you must apply to request a Hawai'i License. Click here to complete the paperwork to request a Hawai'i RN license. International applicants should click here to learn more.

*Letters of Recommendation should be original and current; It is preferred that one come from a professional associate with a graduate degree, who is able to assess your practice and potential for graduate study and the second from your immediate supervisor detailing your clinical performance.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MSN program is a TOEFL Overall Score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.

 

 

MASTER OF social work (Msw)

Admission Requirements

ENTRY
TERM

 ADMISSION CONTACT

PROGRAM
CHAIR

Admission Application
$50 Application Fee
Transcripts from ALL prior institutions 
Statement of Purpose 
*2 LOR
Fall
Spring
Danny Lam
Assistant Director
808-544-1135
dlam@hpu.edu
Peter Mataira
pmataira@hpu.edu

Social Work applicants must have a minimum of a 3.25 Undergraduate GPA.  Those with less than a 3.25 GPA may be considered for conditional or probationary admission and will only be able to enroll in 9 credit hours their first semester


Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree MAY be eligible to attend as an Advanced Standing student, which will allow them to begin in the Summer III term.  Decisions regarding Advanced Standing are done at the time of the application review.


*If applying for The Advance Standing Social Work program, 1 Letter of Recommendation is required to be from a BSW program director and include a copy of evaluations from BSW practicum experiences.

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MSW program is a TOEFL Overall Score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5. Students may also satisfy this requirement through ELS.