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Botany, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #326 (QS) , HI,
The Department of Botany’s Graduate Program offers MS and PhD degrees in Botany. Graduate education is in a wide range of botanical specialties, with emphasis placed on tropical botany and conservation.


Major research areas include terrestrial and marine plant ecology, evolution, systematics, conservation, ethnobotany and plant microbe interactions.

Hawai`i provides an outstanding location for many types of botanical studies. The rich endemic flora and the insular isolation provide unique opportunities for studies of evolution, conservation biology, and alien plant invasions. Similarly, a mixture of local cultures and our proximity to the other Pacific island nations allow studies of plants in a human context.

Research studies are not limited to the Hawaiian Islands. Faculty and students have research projects in many areas throughout the world.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Master's Plan B/C Studies 
  • Grant Writing and Your Career in Science 
  • Foundations of Current Botany 
  • Graduate Research Skills 
  • Botanical Seminar 
  • Advanced Botanical Problems
  • Perspectives in Modern Botany 
  • Ecohydrology: Theory and Modeling 
  • Quantitative Ethnobotany 
  • Ethnoecological Methods 
  • Conservation Ethnobiology 
  • Invasion Biology
  • Population Biology 
  • Advances in Plant Ecology
  • Ecological Statistics with R 
  • Hawaiian Vascular Plants 
  • Nomenclature and Practical Systematics 
  • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 
  • Scientific Teaching Tools to Promote Active Learning 
  • Environmental Physiology Seminar 

                                        Detailed Programme Facts

                                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                                          • Full-time duration 12 months
                                        • Credits
                                          30 alternative credits
                                        • Languages
                                          • English
                                        • Delivery mode
                                          On Campus

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                                        General Requirements

                                        • Transcripts from all academic institutions
                                        • Statement of Objectives (2 page maximum, 12 pt font and single spaced), which should include the following:
                                        • A clear explanation of research interests with proposed hypotheses or research questions
                                        • A statement indicating why you have chosen to apply to the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii
                                        • An indication of having contacted one or more UH Botany faculty members to discuss potential projects.  Please note that students are unlikely to be accepted into the graduate program unless a faculty member agrees to serve as an advisor.
                                        • Curriculum Vita
                                        • Three Letters of Recommendation, at least two of which should be from academic referees.

                                                Tuition Fee

                                                • International

                                                  37080 USD/year
                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                  Based on the original amount of 18540 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
                                                • National

                                                  15600 USD/year
                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                  Based on the original amount of 7800 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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                                                Living costs for Honolulu

                                                • 1640 - 2500 USD/month
                                                  Living Costs

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