Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program

Mahalo Student!

Welcome to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa,TPSS graduate program and mahalo for entrusting us with this phase of your learning journey. Please scroll below to find information concerning your graduate study.

Graduate Courses

TPSS Graduate Course Descriptions

TPSS Graduate Program Degrees

Master of Science Degrees (Plan A, B, C)
Doctor of Philosophy Degree


Initial advising of all graduate students is performed by the graduate chairman.  Prior to this, it is the student’s responsibility to contact an advisor of interest and discuss with the particular advisor if they wish to serve as the chair of their committee.  Upon agreement of the advisor to serve as chair of the student’s committee, the advisor will be required to sign all appropriate forms.

TPSS Graduate and Cooperating Faculty members may be selected as an advisor/committee chair. Affiliate Graduate Faculty can serve as members of a graduate committee, but cannot serve as advisor/committee chair or as the university representative of a PhD committee. 

Two-thirds of a graduate student committe must be from within the TPSS Graduate, Cooperating, or Affiliate Graduate Faculty list. The remaining one-third of the committee may be an outside member.

Graduate Committee

Upon entering the graduate program, students will meet with their advisor. Students shall meet with their permanent graduate program committee at least once each semester to access academic and research progress and to establish goals for the next semester. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule this meeting and to file the Academic Progress Report with the graduate chairman.

Lab Training Requirement

IIn the first semester of study, all graduate students who intended to work in a research laboratory classified as Biosafety Level one or higher are required to have adequate lab training.  Students may be required to attend Lab Safety, Radiation Safety, Fire Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Compliance, and/or Hazardous Materials Management training courses.  Additional information can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety Office website


TPSS Graduate Preliminary Conference Form
TPSS Graduate Academic Progress Form
Master of Science Degree - Plan A Chart
Master of Science Degree - Plan B Chart
Graduate Program Checklist - Master Degree Plan A
Graduate Program Checklist - Master Degree Plan B
Graduate Program Checklist - Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Helpful Links

TPSS Graduate Student Handbook
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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!