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ARCS Foundation awards

The Robert and Doris Pulley Award in Mathematics from the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, a national non-profit organization that boosts U.S. competitiveness by raising funds to support promising U.S. citizens in doctoral programs in the sciences, engineering, and medicine) has been awarded to the following students. Advisers in parenthesis.
  • 2019: David Webb (Kjos-Hanssen)
  • 2017: John C. Robertson (Willett)
  • 2016: Jamal Hassan Haidar (Harron)
  • 2012: Geoffrey Patterson (Chyba)
  • 2011: William DeMeo (Freese)
  • 2008: Austin Anderson (Smith)

Graduate application

We offer graduate programs leading to MA and PhD degrees.

Department admission requirements

The background requirement for admission to the graduate program is the completion of a standard undergraduate program in mathematics or the equivalent. 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 courses.

Students should  have current general GRE scores  (waived through 2021) and 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. Perferred deadline for the Fall semester  is  February 15 and for the Spring semester is October 1.  Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.

A completed application consists of:

  1. UH official application to be submitted through the UHM Graduate School admissions site.
  2. The mathematics department application form. You must fill out the form all at once; here is a sample showing what questions you will have to answer and what material you will need to upload (transcripts, tests, statements, cv.)
  3. Three letters of recommendation either sent  to  or  uploaded by your letter writers through the Grad Division site:

The following items will be requested:

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and previous graduate institutions (unofficial transcripts suffice for evaluation of your application; official transcripts are required for admission to the program).
  • Current General GRE scores (Mathematics test is optional). For 20-21 admission all tests are optional.
  • Personal statement describing your experience and interest in pursuing a graduate degree in math.
  • Application fee for official application. (Contact the for more information)
  • Most foreign applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. The graduate school requires a score of at least 500 (equivalently, 173 on the computer-based test or 61 on the internet-based test) to be admitted, 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.
  • Sample of mathematical writing.
  • Curriculum vitae (resume)

Graduate assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available and provide tuition waiver and a stipend starting at \$19,000  for the academic year. PhD students are usually assured of 6 years support if they are in good standing.  Many MA students are  supported by teaching assistantship on a year by year basis. 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.

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 graduate students.

For applications and more information, see the

For Information

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
Register Online
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
For best consideration, apply by the following deadlines
  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 1

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Requirements for the MA in Mathematics

(Note: the following requirements are for students beginning in Fall 2016 or later; students who arrived before then should consult with the Graduate Chair.)

The MA program in Mathematics at UH Mānoa has two principal components:

  1. Course requirements
  2. Paper and presentation

There are further specific requirements presented below.

Course requirements

For courses offered by the department, click here.

Students must pass 30 credit hours of mathematics courses numbered 400–699 subject to the following conditions:

  • All courses that count towards the 30 credit requirement, or to any of the other requirements below, must be passed with a B– or better.
  • At least 9 credit hours must be from the four core courses: algebra (611), applied mathematics (601), analysis (631), topology (621); and at least six credits must come from 603 or 607, 625, 644, 654 or 655 or 657, and 661.
  • At most 6 credit hours from courses numbered 400–499.
  • At most 6 credit hours can be numbered 649 or 699, unless authorized by the graduate chair. It is expected that the graduate chair will authorize additional courses if they are regular graduate courses that are running with a 649 number, but not otherwise.
  • Courses must be from the mathematics department, unless authorized by the graduate chair in consultation with the student’s advisor. It is expected that the graduate chair will authorize graduate-level courses from other departments that are judged to be relevant to the student’s work, and to have serious mathematical content.
Paper and presentation

To graduate, a student must write a paper on a research topic approved by the Graduate Chair and give a one-hour public presentation followed by an oral examination by the student’s Master’s committee.

Further requirements

Students must complete a graduate seminar requirement by either participating in a graduate-level seminar or by taking a 699 reading course in the mathematics department.

Additional university-wide requirements can be found on the Office of Graduate Education website under Master’s Plan B.

A LaTeX template for dissertations is available to department users.