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Hawaii Accounting Schools

Hawaii’s universities and colleges offer a range of programs in general accounting as well as programs designed to help students prepare for careers in other accounting roles like auditing and accounting management. The following guide to accounting schools in Hawaii contains key information so that you can compare the schools and programs available and find the right school for you. This guide also includes information on online and distance education programs, which some students find to be a better fit.

Quick School Facts

  • 7 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Hawaii.
  • 4 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Hawaii.
  • 6 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 7 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 5 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools).

Keep reading this page to discover further information about accounting schools in Hawaii and career projections for graduates.

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Hawaii in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Hawaii Pacific University 63.2%
  2. Brigham Young University Hawaii
  3. University of Hawaii Manoa
  4. University of Hawaii Hilo

There were 5 schools in Hawaii that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 23.5% to 63.2% according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Hawaii Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Monoa’s Shidler College of Business offers a comprehensive Master of Accounting program. As the only accredited institution to offer a master’s in accounting in the state of Hawaii, the program is responsible for educating the majority of accounting students in the state. The university is backed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Business; only 700 schools worldwide have received this accreditation. Program topics include taxation, accounting theory, auditing, and international accounting among others.

Hawaii Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Chaminade University

Chaminade University, located in Honolulu, offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting that helps students to obtain a better understanding of legal and ethical issues accountants face as well as sound accounting knowledge pertaining to topics such as tax, GAAP, auditing, and financial accounting. The school also hosts tax clinics where students can assist real-life clients who need advice and help.

Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an accounting major. With less than 8,000 full-time and part-time students, Hawaii Pacific University features small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with faculty. Students can complete the program in three to four years. Class topics include financial reporting, auditing, tax law, managerial accounting, accounting software, and GAAP. The school also facilitates internships, which provide students with specialized training.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Hawaii

In addition to opening their own accounting business or working as a consultant, accounting graduates can work for major accounting firms in Hawaii like Deloitte & Touche, Arthur Anderson, and Ernst & Young. Major corporations and companies are also a great source of employment opportunities for graduates. Major employers in Hawaii include Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Petroleum, and Servo Pacific. Government jobs include positions in the state’s treasury department, transportation department, FBI, state and local government, and positions in the armed forces.

Hawaii Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Honolulu 3,630 $63,560
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 950 $54,780

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

Hawaii Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Chaminade University
3140 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-4711
https://chaminade.edu/

Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala Ike St
Pearl City, HI 96782
(808) 455-0011
www.leeward.hawaii.edu

Student Review:“I didn’t necessarily find much initial interest in accounting or the program, but I enjoyed the teachers and the material presented nonetheless and grew to like it in the end. Of course, I was also quick to realize how important accounting was to business and how it is applied on a day-to-day basis. This led to a further interest in corporate law and tax law, which melded very well with the accounting courses. Overall, it was very good experience indeed.” -student at Leeward Community College
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Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0200
https://www.hpu.edu/

University of Hawaii
200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI
(808) 974-7414
http://www.hawaii.edu/


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/