12 months
33648 USD/year
33648 USD/year
15600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Pacific Islands Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa is intended for students of the region wishing to transcend established disciplinary boundaries and explore innovative approaches to learning, research, and representation.


 It is the only program of its kind in the U.S. 

The MA in Pacific Islands Studies studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa  includes two options, thesis and MA portfolio. 

About the Program

Students selecting the first option complete a scholarly research-based thesis on a Pacific-related topic. Normally this is the preferred option for those planning to enter a doctoral program in the humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary studies. Those opting for the MA portfolio demonstrate mastery of a specialty area within the field of Pacific Islands studies through an integrated program of activities including course work, research, and writing. Both options can include performance, multimedia, or creative writing components. Some recent graduates are pursuing doctoral or professional degrees in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Hawai‘i, and the U.S. mainland; others are employed in a wide variety of fields, including education, social work, publishing, as well as library and museum work.

Programme Structure


  • Pacific Worlds: Pacific Islands Studies 
  • Islands of Globalization 
  • Pacific Islands Movement and Migration 
  • Pacific Arts-Video Art and Installation 
  • Pacific Communities in Hawai'i 
  • Contemporary Issues in Oceania 
  • Thinking Through Pacific Arts, Ritual, and Performance 
  • Literature of the Pacific 
  • Directed Research 
  • Senior Capstone

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Submit a copy of the passport identification pages, or a copy of the national identification card if a passport is not available.
  • Submit one transcript or academic record from each institution of higher education attended, including any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take English Language Proficiency.
  • Show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses, including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16824 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16824 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7800 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Honolulu

1640 - 2500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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