Application Procedures

GOPC_Student_Application Available for Download (PDF)

*Letter of recommendation form Available for Download (PDF)

Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate Application Checklist

  • If you are NOT currently an enrolled graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa please complete the following:
    • Online application and nonrefundable fee for admission to the Office of Graduate Education at UHM
      • Graduate Division Application
        (Under Item 5, Field of Study = Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate, Program Code = GOPC, Degree Sought = GCERT).
        Includes statement of objectives, residency declaration, supplementary information for non-U.S. citizens, transcripts, TOEFL results – if applicable, and application fee payment.
    • Send official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended to the Graduate Education office

         Address:       Graduate Education, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa–GOPC

                               2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 353

                               Honolulu, Hawaii 967822


  • Submit (email) the following documents directly to GOPC director John Lynham (
    • Student Program application
    • CV/Resume
    • 1-2 page statement letter- instruction within student application
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals that can comment on academic ability and/or interest in the subject matter of the certificate (*Your recommenders must email directly to John Lynham and must also attach the Letter of Recommendation Form)
  • If you are a current student please indicate when you wish to be admitted and the state of progress toward your degree program with expected date of graduation. Please have your advisor sign and date your statement.

If unable to email application please send to:

              University of Hawai’i at Mānoa c/o John Lynham

              Department of Economics Saunders Hall 542

              2424 Maile Way Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Once all of your materials are received, they will be reviewed by the certificate program’s steering committee, and a decision will be made about admission. The applicant and the Graduate Admissions will receive a memo from the Graduate Chair of the program if the decision is to admit or not to admit.

Applications and materials may be submitted at any time; they do not need to meet the deadlines for students newly applying for admission to classified graduate student status.

There is a six-person steering committee for the program which will review the applications and decide which applicants will be accepted.

No financial aid is currently available.

Please contact the GOPC Director if you have questions.

Telephone: (808) 956-8280