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Fall 2018 Applications Available: September 1, 2017

Deadline: January 5, 2018, 6:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time/11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Application Information

All graduate degree programs within the Department of Nursing admit on a rolling admissions basis. Each applicant is evaluated on the merit of their individual application and placed into one of three categories: admit, alternate or deny. Notifications about decisions occur as soon as the submitted application is reviewed.

We encourage applicants to apply beginning September 1st both in the NursingCAS system and the UH Manoa Graduate Division. Completed applications are reviewed beginning October 2.

Applicants must meet the requirements of both the UH Manoa Graduate Division and the Department of Nursing for admission to the program.

Two-Step Application Process

Application requirements are found on the online applications listed below.

Step 1

Apply to UH Manoa
Graduate Division

Step 2

Apply to
Nursing’s Centralized Application Service

Fee: $100

Fee: $70
Select “MS in Nursing” as the planned course of study

Admission Requirements


Non-nursing Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university earned by July 15 of the program start year.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A grade of “B” or higher for the first time a science course is taken.


Current unrestricted RN license in state or jurisdiction of practice.  Applicants completing their baccalaureate degree who have not passed the NCLEX-RN exam yet, must provide evidence of passing the NCLEX-RN exam and have a current RN license in the state or jurisdiction of practice by the end of the first semester of the Master’s program.

Research Course Completion

Successful completion of an undergraduate research course or equivalent within 7 years.

English Language Proficiency

If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English speaking college, then the applicant must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600.

Note for International Students

Distance Education Course Restrictions: Immigration regulations restrict enrollment in online distance education courses that require that all coursework be completed on-line. However, immigration regulations do not restrict enrollment in hybrid distance education courses that require that coursework be completed through a combination of online and in-classroom coursework. International students enrolling in online distance education courses must adhere to the following guidelines per level of study in order to maintain immigration status:

Graduate Students

Must register for a minimum of 5 credit hours of regular classroom or hybrid online course work, plus 3 or more credit hours of online distance education course work each semester. For details, please refer to the Graduate Division for Enrollment Regulations.

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