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Top Business University - Honolulu, HI

Students interested in studying business in Honolulu, Hawaii, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

The schools in Honolulu that offer business programs include public, private, not-for-profit and for-profit schools. The following schools are considered the top three based on their rankings, program levels offered and number of degrees awarded in business:

  • Winner: University of Hawaii at Manoa is the top rated school because of its national ranking from U.S. News & World Report and because it has the only AACSB-accredited MBA program in Hawaii. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business.
  • Runner Up #1: Hawaii Pacific University, a 4-year private, not-for-profit school, is the first runner up because of its regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business.
  • Runner Up #2: Chaminade University of Honolulu, another regionally ranked school, came in third. It also offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field, and it features a mentorship program for student entrepreneurs.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Pacific University Chaminade University of Honolulu
Rankings 156th for National Universities* 81st for Regional Universities (West)* 86th for Regional Universities (West)*
Location Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-13) $9,404 (in-state, undergraduate); $25,652 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $11,592 (in-state, graduate); $28,152 (out-of-state, graduate)** $18,600 (undergraduate); $13,590 (graduate)** $19,330 (undergraduate); $15,000 (graduate)**
Business Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees bachelor's and master's degrees bachelor's and master's degrees
Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-12 844 534 80
Most Popular Business Degree Program (2011-12) General Finance (133 awarded) General Business/Commerce (140 awarded) Business Administration and Management (55 awarded)
2011 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 55%** 39%** 38%**
Noteworthy 62 full-time business faculty members Small class sizes with diverse international student body,
Executives in Residence program
Business programs encourage active civic engagement,
Low 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator

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Winner: University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Focus on the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Only AACSB accredited MBA program in Hawaii
  • Offers country-specific MBA programs such as the Japan-Focused MBA, China International MBA and Vietnam Executive MBA
  • 78% admission rate in Fall 2011**

The flagship campus of the 10-school state university system, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH-Manoa) offers a range of business degree programs at all levels of study. The university's Shidler College of Business is a leader among U.S. business schools with an Asia-Pacific focus. It is the only business school in Hawaii that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The business college boasts 62 full-time faculty and 49 staff members. It is also home to several unique institutes and centers devoted to business research, program and services within Asia and the Pacific.

Runner-Up #1: Hawaii Pacific University

  • Diverse student body from more than 100 different countries
  • Executives in Residence Program
  • Small class sizes with diverse faculty
  • 72% admission rate in Fall 2012**

Located in Downtown Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, including several full-time, part-time and online MBA programs. Undergraduate business majors include accounting, finance, management, marketing and economics. In 2011-12, about 36 percent of the degrees awarded by HPU were in business administration. HPU's College of Business Administration partners with local and global business leaders and alumni to mentor students, an example of which is the college's Executives in Residence Program. Students may also take advantage of various professional organizations and honorary societies.

Runner-Up #2: Chaminade University of Honolulu

  • Business degree programs integrate social justice concept
  • Entrepreneurial mentorship program
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio
  • 87% admission rate in Fall 2012**

Chaminade University's business degree programs incorporate its Catholic-Marianist educational tradition by helping students develop strong people skills through working relationships with mentors, instructors and peers. Undergraduate business degree majors include business administration, international trade, marketing and accounting. A service-learning component is part of the curriculum. Business faculty members have strong professional and educational backgrounds, and students enjoy a 17-to-1 student to faculty ratio. Chaminade's Hogan Entrepreneurial Program partners students with entrepreneurial business leaders for regular weekly meetings to gain insight into real-world experiences.

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