College of Business

Creating and Connecting Tomorrow's Global Leaders

The College of Business is comprised of the Department of Finance Economics and Information Systems, and the Department of Management and Marketing. We are committed to maximizing our location in Honolulu’s global crossroads through partnerships, real-world projects, faculty with strong professional and academic backgrounds, and a student population that is one of the most diverse in any university, representing more than 100 countries and cultures.

Nearly 50 years of connecting students to the theories, concepts, processes, and models of global business have given the HPU College of Business a unique place in the world of international commerce. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top tier of business schools, HPU’s College of Business offers students a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity on the path to global leadership. HPU business alumni are leaders in finance, marketing, technology, international business, among other disciplines. They represent the Big Four, Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial biotechnology firms, among many, many others.

The College of Business - Future-forward Thinking

You are making the right choice by studying at the College of Business. The HPU College of Business is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to level-up your career. We combine cutting edge business information with real-world experiences to prepare and enhance profession-ready global leaders.

The College of Business has been recognized with national distinguished honors thanks to the efforts of our faculty, staff, and alumni. HPU has been ranked #1 in the nation for diversity and the College of Business has been nationally ranked top 18th among the best online MBA programs in International Business.

We prepare our graduates in a challenging environment for a future-forward career. Fast Company magazine calls it “generation flux,” where the rules change daily, where creativity and innovation are a must, and where the ability to think globally and strategically is expected. Graduates of the College of Business are prepared to for this business environment.

Beyond our students, our alums mentor and connect. Our business partners in the surrounding Honolulu business community work with students on projects and assignments. And the unique diversity of our campus is stimulating and insightful. Both the student population and professors come from Japan, Mainland China, Vietnam, and other points east to the far reaches of Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern locales, South America and Europe.

Think, connect, and get profession-ready. It's time to move forward as a modern professional. 

College of business 2019 Beach Bash at Ala Moana Beach Park

Mahalo to everyone who attended the Beach Bash on November 2nd!  We hope everyone had fun especially the students. Please also thank our Business Scholars who were in charge of the games: Nya Cachola (Business Trivia), Matthew Payton (Football toss), Justin Lewis (Frisbee), Sofia Alfaro (Homerun Derby), and Alejandro Prieto (Spikeball). We can't wait for next year! 

uniqlo managers present to marketing students

Managers of UNIQLO came to HPU’s Waterfront Plaza location on Tuesday, Jan. 28, providing a presentation to students of the Market Research course taught by Ji Mi Park, Ph.D., and students of the Marketing Strategy course taught by Joseph Ha, Ph.D. The UNIQLO team shared with the marketing students how the corporation embeds the core concept of sustainability in its business operations. Additionally, the students learned about the UNIQLO Global Management Program (GMP), a five-day intensive business study program, which will be held in Tokyo from July 6 through 10. 

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Hpu alumni wins 2nd place at The Hawaii annual code challenge (haac) 2019

The Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) final judgement day was on Saturday, November 16 at ATM.  HPU student teams from three different classes made it to the finals.  Although our current students did not place our alumni Rhema Kishida won the 2nd place prize and $2000.  He just graduated in Spring 2019 with a graduate certificate in IS.  He is also an MBA alumni from Fall 2018. Congrats to Rhema for winning and to all the other HPU teams that made the final cut.

Project Based Learning

A central component of the College of Business strategic plan is to provide project-based learning opportunities to students. Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management Wendy Lam, Ph.D., embraces the benefits of project-based learning. Through Lam’s Special Events Management undergraduate course, HTM 3220, students worked with the nonprofit ClimbHI as the event planner of its April 2018 O‘ahu Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration Career Fair. The objective of the event is to inspire Hawaii‘i’s youth to select careers in the visitor industry.

“The career fair was attended by over 600 high school students and 66 businesses. My students did above and beyond what is required from the class and made a positive difference in our community.”

The HPU students focused on theory learned in the classroom and the practice of management skills. They developed a comprehensive event plan and followed a systematic method of planning, organizing, monitoring, adjusting, and evaluating activities to achieve the objectives of the event.  

GMAT Fee Waiver

Hawaii Pacific University’s graduate business programs participate in the Graduate Management Admission Council’s GMAT Fee Waiver Program.  The Program is intended to help economically disadvantaged students access graduate business education. If approved, the student will receive a fee waiver that can be used for one test administration (valued at $250). The number of waivers available is very limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are not eligible for multiple fee waiver awards.     

Students must have applied for admission to a HPU College of Business graduate program, have paid the application fee, and have official transcripts on file with Hawaii Pacific University to be considered for a GMAT fee waiver award. If interested please contact Jasmine Kauhane at



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College of Business

HPU Downtown Campus

900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-544-0283
Fax: 808-566-2403