Master of Business Administration

  • Explore a full range of career possibilities in traditional and cutting-edge fields

  • Experience increased career advancement and ability to change and expand professional opportunities

  • Benefit from increased hiring demand for Master of Business Administration (MBA) Graduates

  • Develop strong leadership, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills

Students in HPU's MBA Program will:

  • Benefit from the downtown location found in the heart of the economic epicenter of Hawai‘i and the Pacific – Master of Business Administration degrees are proven to increase career advancement in Asia Pacific organizations

  • Gain hands-on experience working with Honolulu’s global business community

  • Meet students and faculty from around the world, as HPU has recently been ranked “No. 1 in overall diversity nationwide” by College Factual Receive the highest Return on Investment (ROI) of any private university or college in the state of Hawai‘i, according to a 2013 study conducted by

  • Engage in project-based learning through working with partner companies

  • Experience innovative coursework Study alongside veteran colleagues in the College of Business at HPU, which is ranked 41st in the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools, and the only Hawai‘i school to make the list

  • Excel in small classes with professionally and academically qualified professors

  • Become profession-ready global leaders

  • Enjoy the flexibility of pursuing your MBA online with HPU, ranked number 18 among 25 of the Best Online MBA in International Business Degree Programs by

Individuals wishing to apply to the MBA program at HPU are required to submit the following:

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Application
  • Final Official Transcripts showing conferred Bachelor's Degree, Master's if applicable
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • MBA will allow (1) one military evaluation (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of (1) one letter of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GMAT or GRE Score
    • Instead of a minimum GMAT score we use a holistic approach that combines GMAT or GRE score with GPA  along with all other components of the application packet to determine eligibility for the program.
    • MBA applicants can qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have one of the following: 

      1) A conferred bachelor’s degree in business from an AACSB accredited school (or equivalent, including HPU) and achieve an 80% (B or higher) in each of the four foundation courses* (or similar) that are prerequisites for the MBA. Courses must have been taken within the past 7-years.

      2) A conferred bachelor’s degree in a non-business field from a regionally accredited institution and achieve an 80% (B or higher) in each of the four foundation courses.

      3) A conferred Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).

  • Resume
  • Application Fee

International Applicants:  the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MBA program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.  See here for additional requirements for International students.

*four foundation courses:

  1. Financial Accounting or Principles of Accounting I
  2. Principles of Finance or Business Finance
  3. Statistics
  4. Survey of Economics or Principles of Microeconomics

MBA applicants are required to show successful completion of four foundation courses. Courses must have been taken within the past 7-years. If applicant does not have prior academic credit showing completion of the four foundation courses, the courses may be taken either at an AACSB-accredited (or equivalent, including HPU) university or through MOOC courses (list of approved MOOCS will be provided to applicant). Applicant must successfully complete each course with a 70% or higher (C grade or higher).

  • Fall
  • Spring


MBA Degree Requirements


Did You Know?

The MBA Program at HPU has the largest enrollment in the state, yet class sizes are intentionally kept small in order to encourage student-professor interaction and project collaboration.

Fostering critical thinking skills in students

Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Ph.D., professor of international business and Master of Business Administration program chair

Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Ph.D., professor of international business and MBA program chair, is originally from The Netherlands. He has lived in a host of places including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Washington, and other countries around the world, before relocating to Hawai‘i.  

There were several factors drawing Steenhuis to Hawai‘i. He and his family wanted to be somewhere warmer and closer to the ocean. As for the appeal of Hawai‘i Pacific University and the College of Business (COB), Steenhuis first noted the diversity of the student population.

“It’s attractive to be teaching international business when you have a lot of international students in your classes…because they can come in with examples from their own countries,” he said.

Read more here

Recent MBA grads enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • Cisco Systems
  • Microsoft
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • IBM
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Texas Instruments
  • Verizon
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • FedEx
  • Marriott
  • Charles Schwab
  • American Express Financial Advisors

Success comes naturally to HPU MBA alumni, including:

  • Chieko Kimata, Executive MBA ‘09, Lead Biostatistician, Hawai‘i‘i Pacific Health
  • Audun Hammersmark Hansen, MBA ‘10, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon Partners Inc, Tennessee
  • Sara Espino, Executive MBA ‘11, President, IHOP Hawaii
  • Andre Zannoni, MBA ‘12, Assistant Branch Manager, Bank of Hawaii
  • Paul Harieman, MBA ‘12, Budget Analyst, Hawaii State Legislature

Flexible Formats

  • Full-time MBA
  • Online MBA
  • Part-time MBA

For Information on How to Apply, contact:

Jasmine Kauhane

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

808-544-0232 |


Hawai'i Pacific University's graduate business programs participate in the Graduate Management Admission Council's GMAT Fee Waiver Program.

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