Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program

Admission to the TPSS Graduate Program

To apply to the TPSS Graduate Program, you will need to submit a general application to he UH Manoa Graduate School and a supplemental application to the TPSS Graduate School Program.

Application Requirements

1) Apply to the UH Manoa Graduate School, which includes submission of:

  • General Application
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE); taken with the last three years is required for all applicants
  • All post-secondary academic transcripts
  • For foreign students only (one of the following tests is required):
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum scores are 600/100 (paper/Internet), with subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum score is 6.00 for the overall band test results. For teaching assistantship applicants, minimum score is 7.00.

2) Supplemental application to the TPSS Graduate School Program includes submission of:

  • Statement of objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation

This supplemental application should be mailed to:

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
3190 Maile Way
St. John 102
Honolulu, HI 96822

Fall enrollment - January 15*
Spring enrollment - August 1*

* Application review starts on this day; however, dates may be extended if spaces are available.


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TPSS Student Organic Farming Training (SOFT) is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who share common interests in growing food sustainably and having fun. SOFT was initiated in 2007 and the SOFT Student Farm began in the spring of 2008 with a handful of students and faculty dedicated to creating a place for student exploration and leadership in agriculture. Since then, the farm has flourished, producing wonderful things to eat and a great community of lively students.



Every year, graduate students are elected for the TPSS Graduate Student Oganization (GSO). For the 2015 - 2016 school year, the TPSS GSO officers are:

  • Kauahi Perez - President
  • Tia Silvasy - Vice President
  • Greg Hoover ​- Secretary​
  • Aimee Uyehara - Treasurer​

The TPSS GSO strives to enrich the graduate student experience in our department by orchestrating social events and activities. The goal of these events is not only to provide camaraderie among students outside of the classroom and laboratory, but also to bring the entire department together, including faculty and staff, for informal events.

Annual Waffle Party

Before the start of the Fall semester, Dr. Ania Wieczorek, the TPSS Graduate Program Chairman, hosts a waffle breakfast for the TPSS graduate department to introduce incoming new graduate students and faculty members. It's a time to sit, eat and get to know new and old faces. And enjoy delicious waffles made by the graduate program chairman!