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Apply for Doctoral Programs

Apply for Doctoral Level Graduate Programs

When and How to Apply

Our academic calendar for doctoral programs varies by program type.

Doctoral/Specialist Programs (EdD, EdS, & DMFT): The academic year is divided into four terms:

  • Fall Term: October to December

  • Winter Term: January to March

  • Spring Term: April to June

  • Summer Term: July to September

Doctoral Programs (DNP and PsyD): The academic year is structured into three semesters:

  • Fall Term: August to December

  • Spring Term: January to April

  • Summer Term: May to June

Doctoral programs are conducted in cohort groups and generally offer only one entry term each year. For detailed information on specific start dates and required application materials, please visit the admissions page and consult the specific catalog sections for each program.

Application Procedure

  1. Review Catalog: Choose your degree program, concentration, and start term.

  2. Apply Online: Apply Today

  3. Application Fee: Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

  4. Transcripts: Provide official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

  5. Submit Required Materials: Refer to your applicant checklist for additional required documents.

Submission of Official Transcripts Transcripts must be provided through one of the following methods:

  • Option 1: Sent directly by the issuing institution to Chaminade University.

  • Option 2: Delivered in person or via mail in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.

  • Option 3: For institutions utilizing secure electronic transcript services like Parchment, send to

Note: Chaminade alumni are exempt from requesting their Chaminade transcripts; these are automatically sent from the Records Office to the Admissions Office.

International Applicants

  • Transcript Evaluation: All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES member organization. Submit a course-by-course evaluation, including GPA and credits.

  • English Proficiency: Non-native speakers must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following tests:

    • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum score of 79

    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5

    • PTE: Minimum score of 53

    • Duolingo: Minimum score of 95

  • Exemptions are granted to students with degrees from institutions where instruction was entirely in English, subject to admissions review.

Visa and Immigration: Contact Records at (808) 739-8554 for visa guidance. Ensure compliance with passport validity, authorized school attendance, and full-time study requirements. Pre-approval is required for international travel and employment.

Additional Requirements for International Students:

  • Financial Proof: Provide a bank statement showing sufficient funds for tuition, living expenses, and other costs.

  • Health Insurance: Show proof of health insurance valid in the U.S.

  • TB Clearance: Submit proof of a TB test or chest X-ray conducted within one year prior to enrollment, as required by Hawai’i state law.

Mailing Address for Submissions Chaminade University of Honolulu Attention: Admissions Department 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

For electronic submissions, please use: