The GSO has invited Dean of Graduate Education Krystyna Aune to our November coffee hour. This event will give the graduate community an opportunity to ask the dean about the 3+2 (also called 4+1) pathways program, which is geared toward fast-tracking well-performing undergraduate students to a master’s degree. The program is named for the approximate number of years the student will spend at the undergraduate (3) and graduate (2) levels, respectively.

About the UHM 3+2 Program

via the 3+2 Program website:

UHM 3+2 Programs are created for the University of Hawai´i at Mānoa (UHM) to cooperate with prestigious universities overseas in order to recruit well-performing senior college students to UHM to pursue their graduate degrees. In the 3+2 programs, participating senior undergraduate students spend their fourth/fifth year at UHM and continuing their master program at UHM. Students in a 3+2 program will acquire a bachelor’s degree from their home institution in China and a master’s degree from UHM once they complete all the degree requirements.

Initial email Q&A with Dean Aune

Questions submitted by GSO (DOCX)

Dean Aune’s response:

Internal pathway students would have to apply (and pay) and submit any required documentation. Their eligibility for the pathway will be contingent on satisfactorily completing a course determined by the program to be the ‘gateway’ course. Pathway students cannot postpone and continue on as undergraduate students or their graduate level status will be inactivated and they won’t be able to double count those credits. They may be eligible for any scholarships or assistantships once they are ‘regularized’ as a graduate student in their 5th year (not in their first year in the pathway). As for changing the culture of a graduate course or program, we don’t believe this should be the case since the students will be ‘vetted’ and deemed prepared and capable for the pathway.

Additional Documents on the Pathways Program

Approval of Guidelines for Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Pathways (PDF)

Guidelines: Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs (PDF)

Coffee Hour with Dean Aune

November 9, 2017 from 2-3pm at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies room 101B. See the calendar event for venue address.