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Shidler College of Business

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The Shidler College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), China International Master of Business Administration (CIMBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Japan-focused Executive Master of Business Administration (JEMBA), Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM), Neighbor Island Master of Business Administration (NIMBA), Vietnam Executive Master of Business Administration (VEMBA), United States International MBA (USIMBA), and Waseda, Japan Master of Accounting (Waseda MAcc) as well as a doctoral program in international management and an interdisciplinary program in communication and information sciences, and a joint degree in law (MBA/JD). Other programs include an interdisciplinary program leading to an MBA/PhD in Economics, cooperative programs with the Japan America Institute of Management Science, Hanoi Business School, and Sun Yat-Sen University, foreign exchange with 8 countries, a 3-2 degree with the School of Accountancy, and internships in Hawaii and in business incubators in the South Pacific and in Japan and China for Japan- and China-focused MBA students. Work-study programs are available. The strongest areas of study are international business, management of information technology, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce. The most popular courses are international business and e-commerce. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA (30 or 45 for the Macc, depending on undergraduare major), including 18 elective credits (15 for the Macc). Required courses include:

  • Analytical Tools for the MBA
  • Organizational Behavior and External Environment of Asia-Pacific
  • Managerial Finance
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Field Studies in the Enterprise

Required courses for the MAcc include:

  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Analysis in Decision Making
  • Assurance in the Information Age
  • Rhetoric in Organizations
  • Global Accounting
  • 3 electives in accounting, business, or law

Required courses for the MHRM include:

  • Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • Employment Law
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • Negotiations and Labor Relations
  • The Staffing Process
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Training and Career Development
  • International Human Resources Management
  • HRM Capstone

For the MAcc, a minimum of 30 credits is required, with a minimum of 18 credits of 600-level courses. If a course is waived, another course in the same area of study and of the same or higher level should be substituted. Students in the MBA program may waive Analytical Tools for the MBA if they graduated from an AACSB-accredited business school within the past 5 years.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 24 months; maximum, 7 years.

There are 55 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 88% hold a doctorate; there are 14 part-time faculty, of whom 29% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 35.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 500 for the MBA and 530 for the Macc. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 549; 138 were accepted; 71 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.22; average GMAT score was 560. Transfers are accepted.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, a resume, and a statement of objectives (an essay on how the MBA degree will help the student achieve his or her ultimate goals). The application deadlines are May 1 for fall entry (March 1 for early decision); September 1, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision April to June for fall and October to December for spring. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is May 1.

Financial Aid

About 75% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships in a recent year for a total average of $12,150 annually; maximum $29,000. Stipends and programs available for minority students include scholarships for native Hawaiians. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $454 per credit, or $10,896 per year. Nonresidents pay $678 per credit, or $16,272 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1200; personal expenses, $2000; and other fees, $225, for an estimated annual total of $25,442 for in-state residents and $36,194 for out-of-state residents. On-campus housing is available on a limited basis. Off-campus private accommodations are available in Honolulu. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


All of the current graduate business school class are enrolled part time; 96% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Hawaii (51%). Forty-six percent are women, 2% are minorities, and 15% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 25 to 55. Three percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 20% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 54%, business; 13%, social sciences; 9%, engineering; 9%, liberal arts; 9%, math and science; and 5%, economics. About 6% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 94% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 123 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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