Graduate Admissions

PACE Graduate Admissions

We are pleased that you are considering graduate study at Chaminade University. Before applying, understand that graduate admission procedures vary by institution. At Chaminade, the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) works closely with graduate programs on administrative and policy issues, but please understand that graduate programs are also self-governing and free to make changes as they see fit. Understanding the role of how both units work will help you successfully navigate admissions at Chaminade University. It will also help you to know the correct department to contact when you have questions.

The role of The Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) in graduate admissions is:

  • Establish and maintain minimum admission requirements
  • Support the online application for graduate school candidates

The role of a graduate program when it comes to graduate admissions is:

  • Establish admission requirements for a degree program
  • Set deadlines for applications
  • Review each and every application
  • Make admissions decisions
  • Notify applicants of admissions decisions

Minimum Admission Requirements

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Minimum GPA Required for Admission by Program

Degree-seeking students applying for graduate program admission at Chaminade University should have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA. Chaminade's standards for admission are:

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better

Cumulative GPA of 2.8, or 3.0 in the final two years of undergraduate study

This should not discourage you to apply if your GPA does not meet the listed standard. There are opportunities to be provisionally accepted. 

Please note that each Chaminade graduate program may have additional admission requirements and may require a higher grade-point-average. These requirements can be found in the graduate program admission requirements page.

Citizen and Visa Status Requirements

PACE Graduate Programs accepts applications from all U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, immigrants and international applicants. Admission requirements and procedures are the same for all applicants regardless of citizenship and visa status.  International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at Chaminade University.  This can include temporary U.S. visas such as F-1 student visas, J-1 exchange visitors, H-1 temporary worker, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications.

International Applicants

All visa related issued are handled by Student Records Services, (808) 739-4600. This office issues I-20 Forms, required to obtaining an f-1/J-1 Student Visa in the student’s country of citizenship (to be done before arrival in the US). At registration, students must provide a copy of the I-94 form (white card attached to passport) and the I-20 ID form issues at the port of entry. To maintain student visa status while in the US, international students must:

  • Hold a valid passport
  • Attend the school they’ve been authorized to attend
  • Carry a full course load (6 graduate credits)
  • Apply for extension(s) if necessary
  • Get authorization before accepting employment
  • Report any address change(s) immediately

In addition to regular admission requirements, international students must:

  • Score at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 2013 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test (not required is student’s native language is English). Test information is available from TOFLE/TSE Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151.
    • If the student has attended an English speaking institution, this requirement is waived.
  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the US must be evaluated by one of the following organizations and sent to the PACE Graduate office directly from the organization.
  • Provide a statement from a banking association of available financial resources to cover tuition, room and board, books and other expenses while attending school.

Health insurance which is accepted by US providers is required for international students. Students must submit proof of a clear TB 9 tuberculin) test or chest x-ray, given and read less than one year prior to the start of the school semester. TB tests or chest x-rays are required by law by the State of Hawaii. International students must submit a chest x-ray. The x-ray may be taken in their country of citizenship.

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