Graduate application

We offer graduate programs leading to MA and PhD degrees.

Department admission requirements

The typical requirement for admission to the graduate program is the completion of a standard undergraduate program in mathematics. The candidate will generally be expected to know linear algebra, the elements of abstract algebra, and elementary real analysis. A student whose degree has been awarded in some other field may be considered if they have had the appropriate background courses. Students should also have current GRE scores and are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement describing their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in math.

Applicants for graduate study must apply to, and be accepted by, the University of Hawaii Graduate Division for admission as a degree candidate. Online admission forms and instructions are available at the UHM Graduate School admissions web page. The Graduate Division application requires transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate and previous graduate institutions (unofficial transcripts suffice for evaluation of your application; official transcripts are required for admission to the program). The Graduate Division accepts applications for the Fall semester from August 1 to February 15 and for the Spring semester from May 1 to October 1. Foreign applicants are reminded that a TOEFL score of at least 500 (equivalently, 173 on the computer-based test or 61 on the internet-based test) is required to be admitted by the Graduate Division, and a score of at least 600 (or 250 on the CBT or 100 on the IBT) is required to be considered for a teaching assistantship in mathematics.

Applicants for graduate study should have three letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Mathematics, 2565 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822; the letters may also be emailed to the Graduate Chair at There is no recommendation form required besides the letters.

The diagnostic examination

Incoming graduate students will be required to take a diagnostic examination in undergraduate mathematics. This exam, given by the Mathematics Department, consists of two written parts — linear and abstract algebra, and elementary real analysis (not including measure theory). The exam is used to help plan the student’s graduate program, and is usually given over the summer.

Graduate assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available and provide tuition waiver and a stipend ranging from approximately \$17,500 to \$19,000 for the academic year. At any given time, about three quarters of our graduate students are supported by teaching assistantships. Some faculty members also have grants that have funds to support students with Research Assistantships. Most graduate assistants teach recitation sections for pre-calculus and calculus courses though other options exist: tutoring, grading, teaching a class, or assisting a professor.

Note that tuition is waived for graduate assistants, but they are not exempt from other fees listed in the Graduate Bulletin. A separate application for graduate assistantships may be downloaded and should be returned to the Mathematics Graduate Chair before February 1 (for Fall admission) or August 1 (for Spring admission).

The Graduate Division requires that Graduate Assistants carry a minimum of six credits per semester, which may include research and seminar courses.

Tuition and fees for graduate students (subject to change without notice)

Tuition and fees are charged according to the number of credit hours carried by the student; auditors (those enrolled in a course for no credit) pay the same fees as students enrolled for credit. For tuition purposes only, a full-time student is any student enrolled for 8 or more credit hours. However, many mathematics students take only 6 credit hours per semester, to allow time for teaching and research.


Almost all room assignments to on-campus residence halls go to Hawaii residents who have priority. There are limited facilities on campus for married students.

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You can find more information about our graduate programs at the prospective student page.

To write to the department address, send an email, download applications, and/or register online.

Department Address Department Phone Numbers Graduate Chair Application Forms
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Graduate Chair
University of Hawaii
Department of Mathematics
2565 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822-2273
Phone (808) 956-7951
Fax (808) 956-9139

University Graduate Division
Graduate Admissions
Application Deadline
  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 1

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