Graduate application

We offer graduate programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Department admission requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the graduate program is satisfactory completion of a standard undergraduate program in mathematics. The candidate will 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 he/she has had the appropriate background courses.

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. The Graduate Division accepts applications for the Fall semester from November 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.

Prospective graduate students should submit current GRE scores and must receive a score of at least 650 on the Quantitative section of the GRE to be admitted as a regular student. It is highly recommended that applicants submit the Subject test score in mathematics as well, especially when applying for a graduate assistantship.

Applicants for graduate study should have three letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Mathematics, 2565 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822. There is no recommendation form required besides the letters.

A brief statement of objectives, while optional, can enhance an application. These may be sent directly to the Department of Mathematics.

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 calculus and elementary real analysis (not including measure theory). The exam is used to help plan the student’s graduate program, and is usually given during the week before registration.

Graduate assistantships and GK-12 fellowships

Graduate Assistantships are available at stipends which range from approximately $\$15,000$ to $\$17,000$ for the academic year, with waiver of tuition. At any given time, about half of our graduate students are supported by teaching assistantships. A much smaller number of students are supported by Research Assistantships on faculty grants. Most graduate assistants teach recitation sections for pre-calculus and calculus courses. Duties may involve tutoring, grading, teaching a class, or assisting a professor. Tuition is waived for graduate assistants, but they are not exempt from other fees listed in the Graduate Bulletin. Assistantships are renewable. A separate application for graduate assistantships may be downloaded and should be returned to the Mathematics Graduate Chair before February 1 (for Fall) or August 1 (for Spring).

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

Graduate students interested in participating in an NSF-funded GK-12 project, the SUPER-M, are encouraged to apply for a Fellowship. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $\$30,000$ supplemented by a cost-of-education allowance for tuition, health insurance, and fees not to exceed $\$10,500$. Initial appointment is for one year but renewable for a second year. Duties include but are not limited to designing classroom activities related to Fellow’s research interests, collaborating with a mathematics classroom teacher, visiting K-12 mathematics classes, interacting with K-12 students, and conducting mathematics sessions at teacher workshops.

A downloadable application form is available at:

For more information about the SUPER-M project, visit


The Department has a very able faculty of about twenty-five members. Their research interests span the range of modern mathematics research (research interests) and there are strong groups in the major fields.

The student/faculty ratio is favorable (about 2:1) and this allows for a great deal of individual attention.

For Information

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
(808) 956-7951 Phone
(808) 956-9139 FAX

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

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