Admission Information

Undergraduate Admission Information


We offer two degree options: the BA degree with a large choice of major elective courses and the more focused BS degree which is recommended for those planning to continue their studies following graduation. In addition, Microbiology courses are offered for students in nursing, dental hygiene, food science, travel and industrial management, and public health as well as for students planning to major in the many non-science fields.

Admission Requirements

Entering students must meet University admission requirements. We recommend that high school students complete a year of chemistry, 4 years of mathematics and one year of biology in preparation for the program. Once admitted to U.H., you may begin taking non-introductory courses in Microbiology as soon as prerequisite in organic chemistry is met. Undergraduates in good standing may take any microbiology course provided they have completed the proper prerequisites.


Academic Advisors are available for undergraduate students in the Departments of Biology, Botany and Microbiology to ensure that you progress through your degree while preparing for your future career goals. Feel free to meet with them as frequently as necessary. Advising is mandatory each semester for all incoming students and continuing students with less than 60 completed credits. Do not hesitate to make an appointment today to ensure you are on track.

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Graduate Admission Information

How to apply to a Microbiology Graduate Program

Application deadline for fall admission is December 15
Application deadline for spring admission is August 1

  1. Go to Graduate Division website and read through the information on the application process, Graduate Division Admissions

  2. International applicants should go to this Graduate Division International Student Info

  3. You can apply online or with a paper application. Applications to multiple UH graduate programs are explained at the above sites.

Official undergraduate grade transcripts (and, if available, graduate transcripts) must be sent to the Graduate Division. This is explained as part of the application process in 1, above. 4. GRE General Test scores are required (subject tests are not required but might be useful to the admissions committee). The GRE scores can be sent to either the Graduate Division (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa institutional code is 4867) and directly to the Microbiology Department (the institutional code of 4867 and the Department code of 0212).

  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation sent directly to the Department of Microbiology at: Admissions Committee
    Department of Microbiology
    2538 McCarthy Mall, Snyder Hall 207
    Honolulu, HI 96822

  2. A letter stating your educational and professional objectives, and any other documents which may be relevant for evaluation of the applicant’s strengths. These should be sent directly to the Department of Microbiology at the address shown in 5, above.