Hawaii Graduate Schools: Program Information and Options

There are 9 institutions in Hawaii that offer graduate degrees. In order to decide whether one of them is right for you, take a look at statistics on some of their locations, student population sizes, net prices, and locations.

If you want to attend a non-specialty graduate school in Hawaii, you have five options. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides relevant information on each of these schools.

Graduate Schools in Hawaii Near Large Cities

Of the five non-specialty schools in Hawaii, four are in Honolulu, which is the state's largest city. The other is in Hilo, which is the largest settlement on the island of Hawaii.

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu)
  • University of Phoenix-Hawaii (Honolulu)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (Hilo)

Largest Graduate Schools in Hawaii

One of the graduate schools in Hawaii is a large university with over eighteen thousand students. The other options are much smaller, each with only a few thousand students. As you make your graduate school decision, it can be helpful to consider the size of the student body of each school.

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (18,865 total enrollment)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (4,781 total enrollment)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (3,829 total enrollment)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (2,466 total enrollment)
  • University of Phoenix-Hawaii (1,416 total enrollment)

Lowest Cost of Attendance

For each of the five graduate schools in Hawaii, the NCES estimates the tuition and fees for graduate students. This information can help students decide whether or not attending a certain school is financial feasible. As of the 2015-2016 academic year, these were the estimated costs at each Hawaii school.

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo ($11,148 per year for in-state students)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa ($15,072 per year for in-state students)
  • University of Phoenix-Hawaii ($15,301 per year)
  • Hawaii Pacific University ($16,600 per year)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu ($17,640 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

In order to get an idea of the educational quality of a school, you can look at a school's graduation rate. According to the NCES, graduation rate is the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finish their degrees within 150% of the normal completion time. Based on data from students who began their studies in 2009, these were the graduation rates for the graduate schools in Hawaii.

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (57%)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (49%)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (47%)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (39%)
  • University of Phoenix-Hawaii (23%)

In conclusion, if you want to pursue graduate studies in Hawaii, you can choose between two public institutions and three private universities, and data from the NCES can help you decide whether one of them fulfills your needs.

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