UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA (HONOLULU), HAWAII
OCEAN & RESOURCE ENGINEERING AND OCEAN LAW & POLICY EDUCATION AT THE SCHOOL OF OCEAN AND EARTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY & RICHARDSON SCHOOL OF LAW
The University of Hawai‘i (UH) is a public, postsecondary education system composed of 10 campuses throughout the 50th state. The flagship campus at Mânoa. University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa (UH Mânoa) is a research university of international standing. It creates, refines, disseminates, and perpetuates human knowledge; offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through the doctoral level, including law and medicine; carries out advanced research; and extends services to the community. Students have special opportunities for Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian educational experiences and involvement in research activities, service learning, and co-curricular activities.
20,000-plus students are enrolled in UH Mânoa courses, on campus or via distance delivery, studying toward bachelor’s degrees in 90 fields of study, master’s degrees in 84, doctorates in 51, first professional degrees in architecture, law, and medicine, and a total of 58 undergraduate and graduate certificates. In addition, 68.4 percent of UH Mânoa students are undergraduates, 55.7 percent are women, and 71.8 percent attend school full-time. The mean age of students is 25.
The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) was established in 1988. It combines and integrates the Departments of Geology and Geophysics, Meteorology, Ocean and Resources Engineering, and Oceanography.
The Richardson School of Law offers a three-year, post-baccalaureate program culminating in the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, also known as the first professional degree in law. A JD degree prepares students for the bar examination, admission to the bar, and a satisfying career in legal and related fields. The school also offers an LLM for international students.
- MS in Ocean and Resources Engineering: The MS program prepares students for a professional career in advanced ocean science and technology. Coastal engineering deals with coastal and harbor problems, sediment transport, nearshore environmental engineering, and coastal flood hazards. Ocean resources engineering is concerned with the engineering systems to develop the energy, mineral, and living resources of the oceans, the use of the ocean for waste disposal, and the environmental and economic aspects of these activities.
- LLM Program for International Students with Specialization in Ocean Law and Policy: The LLM program is a one-year course of study open to foreign legal professionals and law graduates who wish to gain a broader understanding of US and international legal issues. To graduate, students must complete at least 24 credit hours. Students are free to design their own course of study and may select a range of courses and seminars in areas such as business and commercial law, Ocean & Costal Law etc.
- PhD in Ocean and Resources Engineering: Educational and research emphasis is placed on coastal engineering, offshore engineering, and ocean resources engineering. Coastal engineering deals with coastal and harbor problems, sediment transport, nearshore environmental engineering, and coastal flood hazards due to storm surge tsunamis. Offshore engineering is concerned with structures and systems used in the deeper parts of the ocean, including the continental shelf. The PhD program requires completion of course work requirements for the MS in ORE, qualifying exam, comprehensive exam, dissertation, and final oral exam / defense of dissertation.