How to Apply

MS Program applications are generally available from September 1st.  The regular review deadline for all MS applicants is May 1st. (December 15th for Spring BAM pathway only)

Each application is reviewed and evaluated holistically based on the following admissions guidelines:


Apply for admission by following these steps:

Submit Graduate Admissions Application and $100 application fee.

Submit Essays, Transcripts, and Resume/CV

Letters of Recommendation can be requested from recommenders and submitted as part of the Graduate Admissions Online Application

Letters of recommendation may also be submitted by filling out the top portion of Letter of Recommendation Form to send to your recommenders.

While the form is provided, it is not required and a letter or email written in support of an applicant is also acceptable.

Letters of Recommendation Required:

MS in Marketing Management - 2

MS in Finance - 2

MS in Information Systems - 2


International Applicants only: Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

Submit Residency Declaration Form (Hawaii residents only) or Confidential Financial Statement (International Applicants only).

Please submit all of the above documents by mail to the Shidler College of Business, Graduate Admissions Office at the following address:

Shidler College of Business
Graduate Admissions Office
2404 Maile Way, G-202
Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

Graduate Programs Application

For further questions contact the Shidler Graduate Admissions Office at 808-956-5463 or email

Current and retired members of the military who are requesting an application fee waiver should email our Director of Admissions, Marc Endrigat, prior to submitting their application fee to ensure that the fee is waived. Once a payment has been made, the MBA office cannot reimburse applicants.


All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, including any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs.

Shidler College of Business
Graduate Admissions Office
2404 Maile Way, G-202
Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

UH Transcripts
Applicants who attended college in the UH system do not need to submit official transcripts for coursework completed at UH. The Shidler Graduate Admissions Office will obtain these transcripts on behalf of the applicant.

International Transcripts
If your transcripts are not on a 4.0 academic scale or not in English, please have them evaluated by the World Education Services.

GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS Standardized Test Scores

While the MS programs do not require a GMAT or GRE score, if an applicant would like to submit a score to strengthen their application, they may do so by using the test codes listed below:

The GMAT code for the Shidler College of Business is PBQ-59-09.

The GRE code for the Shidler College of Business is 2630.

The GMAT and GRE are administered worldwide throughout the year.

The Shidler College of Business will consider only your highest test score rather than an average of all of your GMAT/GRE scores. Therefore, please notify us if you plan on retaking the GMAT/GRE to ensure we review your application using your highest score. Test scores more than five years old are not valid.

For further information and testing arrangements for the GMAT/GRE, please visit the GMAT or GRE web site.

Most applicants whose native language is not English are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Applicants may submit unofficial scores while applying for admission. However, admitted students are required to submit official scores in order to enroll at UH Manoa.

Official scores should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is B187. Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

An applicant is exempt from the test if he or she has earned a bachelor's or advanced degree, within the last five years, at a regionally accredited or recognized institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore or the United Kingdom.

Resume and Essays

Your resume should indicate work experience, internships, and related activities. Resume length should be from 1 to 2 pages.

Answer the following essay questions and mail to the Shidler College of Business.

Required Questions
Between 400 - 600 words per question

  1. Why are you pursuing your graduate degree at the Shidler College of Business.
  2. Describe how you envision to incorporate your graduate degree into your future career plans

Optional - No more than 350 words

  • If there is further information that you believe would help to the admissions committee make a more informed decision, please elaborate.

Submit Letters of Recommendation

You must submit letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted via your online application or by using the Letter of Recommendation Form accompanied by a detailed letter from the recommender. The letters may be written by anyone familiar with your professional or educational background.