How to Apply

The Application deadline is December 15, 2021.

Applications for the Fall 2022 semester opened in September 2021.  The Astronomy Program does not offer Spring admission.

Most students apply for the PhD program and obtain the MS degree en route. We occasionally accept students for the MS degree only but these tend to be special cases, for example funded by a short-term fellowship. We are also happy to consider transfers from other graduate programs and offer a fast-track to dissertation research with one year (or even zero in special circumstances) of coursework.

The application process is online through the University of Hawaii System. Click “Apply Now” and, after logging in, enter the following:

  • Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Site: UH Manoa Main Campus
  • Application type: Graduate Studies
  • Admission Term: Fall 2022

Once you fill out the personal information here, you will be required to file the application fee of $100 before proceeding. If you are considering applying to the Astronomy program and need assistance with the application fee, you can consider applying for a need-based fee waiver.

You will be able to upload transcripts and send links to the people writing letters on your behalf during the following steps. We require at least 2, preferably 3 letters of recommendation.

Normally, we also require the GRE General score. However, due to the pandemic, only for this admission cycle (applying in Fall 2021 for admission in Fall 2022), the GRE General score is NOT accepted. The Physics GRE will not be considered.

Your personal statement is very important: please describe your achievements and research experience, including instrument and/or coding skills. List your astronomical interests and any other information you think might be relevant to your application. You are also welcome to provide links to papers or personal websites that describe your research in more detail.

International students should also review this page before applying.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Chair, Dr. Shadia Habbal, via email at or by calling (808) 956-6531.