MBA - Master of Business Administration | Hawaii Pacific University


Master of Business Administration - the degree of choice for modern professionals

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HPU alumni earn a median salary that’s among the top of all American universities and the highest for Hawai‘i schools.

It's your life - You choose

Choose from a 12-month program for full-time students or a 24-month program for part-time students that fits your lifestyle:

  • online remote learning
  • on-campus and in the classroom
  • hybrid - a mix of online and classroom learning

A flexible 32-credit MBA program

You can't go wrong with this schedule! 

See the course outline here.

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Ranked in the 25 Best MBA Programs for International Business Online for 2019 - Best College Reviews

Ranked in the Top 20 Best International Business Schools - International Business Guide 

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What does the HPU MBA degree look like?

Hawai‘i’s location at the center of the Pacific Rim makes it one of the most dynamic and globally important regions in the world. The HPU College of Business connects students directly to the region through Honolulu, a hub of industry and a key recruiting destination for Fortune 500 companies. HPU's faculty come to us from countries across the world and are educated at top-rated universities in their countries.

Students who complete the Master of Business Administration meet these program learning outcomes:

  1. Explain theories in the functional areas of business
  2. Use effective teamwork skills
  3. Produce persuasive oral and written communication to business audiences
  4. Develop solutions to problems using business principles

Students can enter the MBA program year-round. 

  • Fall: seated
  • Spring: online and military hybrid


The HPU MBA is a 32-credit program. This schedule runs fall, spring and summer terms. 

Full-time student schedule

1st Semester
BUS 5001 (1)* MBA: Ho'omakaukau
MKTG 6001 Strategic Marketing in the Digital Age
MGMT 6002 Leadership of Self and Others
ACCT 6001 Financial Information for Managers in the 4th Industrial Revolution
2nd Semester
FIN 6001 Complex Financial Decision Making in the New Age of Technology
MGMT 6331 Managing Across Borders in the 21st Century
IS 6041 Business Analytics for the Big Data Revolution
MGMT 6900 Strategic Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
3rd Semester
ECON 6001 Economics of Global Competitiveness and Strategy
MGMT 7004 MBA Capstone Project
Elective Program approved elective
BUS 7999 (1)* MBA: A Hui Hou
* These two 1-credit courses are required and delivered as online, self-paced courses.

Ready to accelerate your career? APPLY NOW

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


Why students choose HPU's MBA program 

  • Location

    Not only will you study in Honolulu's business and financial district - you study in the economic epicenter of the Pacific. HPU's Master of Business Administration degree is proven to increase career advancement in Asia Pacific organizations.
  • Project-based learning

    You will gain hands-on experience working with Honolulu's global business community and engage in project-based learning
    through working with partner companies.
  • Real-world application

    You will excel in small classes with professionally and academically qualified professors who will help you
    become profession-ready global leaders.
  • Flexible options

    You can choose the program that fits you - online, hybrid or on-campus.
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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
  • Prerequisite foundation courses
    • MBA applicants are required to show successful completion of four foundation courses:
      1. Financial Accounting or Principles of Accounting I
      2. Principles of Finance or Business Finance
      3. Statistics, and
      4. Survey of Economics or Principles of Microeconomics

Courses must have been taken within the past 7-years. If the 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 the applicant). Applicant must successfully complete each course with a 70% or higher (C grade or higher).

  • 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).

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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.


Harm-Jan Steenhuis
  • Decades-long history of working with companies in teaching and research situations, served on the board of a business incubator, was a member of a manufacturing roundtable, gave presentations/workshops at several companies.
  • Experienced educator at Bachelor, Masters, Executive and PhD level teaching for both international and domestic students, innovative in teaching and creating novel course content, winner of several teaching awards, well-versed in pedagogy literature, recognized as a global top-100 author in business and management education research, Editor-in-Chief of an education-oriented journal, provided guest-lectures at University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Twente (the Netherlands), Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), and Duke University, North Carolina (USA).
  • Editor-in-Chief of two scientific journals and on the Editorial board of an additional two academic journals.
  • Established scholar; published over 140 articles, 3 books, and additional book chapters and monographs.
  • Active in the academic community; serve on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of international academic organizations such as IAMOT and PICMET, helped organize three academic conferences and active member of conference scientific committees for over a decade
Joseph Ha
  • Over thirty years of experience in the Food Merchandising Business; President of Met Food Supermarkets, Brooklyn, NY
  • Winner of seven “best paper” awards at academic business and marketing conferences from Italy and Greece to Las Vegas.
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Marketing Thought
  • Publications in journals including the Journal of Marketing, The Journal of Business and Economic Research, The Journal of Applied Business Research and the International Business and Economic Research Journal.
  • Member Beta Gamma Sigma and Mu Kapa Tau Honorary Societies

The bottom line at Hawaii Pacific University's College of Business is the successful outcomes for its students. We understand the importance of balancing family, career and your education, and are dedicated to providing a flexible course of study for our graduate students, with:

  • Program study that is only 8 courses and just 2 courses per term can be completed in 16-20 months. We have face-to-face and online courses available and you can take just one course per term.
  • HPU provides an affordable MBA in convenient and centrally located downtown Honolulu, and with our business partnerships throughout the state, you may be eligible for a discounted tuition. Here's a list of some of our business partners:

Adventist Health Castle

American Savings Bank

Aloha United Way

Hawaii State Teachers Association

MDX Hawaii

Partners in Development Foundation

Associa Hawaii

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Bank of Hawaii

The Queen's Health Systems

Child & Family Service

Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center

Talent HR Solutions

Hawaii Government Employees Association

Hawaii Pacific Health

Waimanalo Health Center



Ricardo Revol
Ricardo Losada Revol, ‘02
VP, Corporate Finance
World Fuel Services, Miami, Florida

Applying and earning an advanced degree will help you to differentiate among your peers. Earning an MBA at HPU will certainly be a life experience that will shape your business skills and expand your view of the world. I still remember all my professors and the meaningful discussions that we had with my classmates. The professors encouraged every student to participate and, given the multicultural environment, it was always fascinating to hear the different points of view. Honolulu is a very cosmopolitan city that allowed me to interact with people from different cultures, and HPU represents the same diversity. This was very appealing and helped me to develop a global-citizen mindset that hopefully any student can achieve, either online or in person.

I had three years of working experience when I went to graduate school. The MBA was useful in several ways: 1) It helped me to do a career transition from operations as an engineer to a career in business and finance. 2) It provided me with the right tools to analyze with a different perspective the challenges that I had to face when I was working. 3) This, combined with the case analysis approach during the MBA, creates a learning experience that you will take with you anywhere you go.

You will 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.

From our home base in downtown Honolulu, we bring HPU to you, anywhere in the world, with our online MBA.

Make the most of our compact, 8-week courses. Interact with our excellent faculty and get to know your fellow students as you come together at HPU, ranked Best Online University in Hawai‘i and among the tops in the U.S. (

If you’re a veteran, take advantage of our online/on-base hybrid program on O‘ahu that lets you take full advantage of your GI benefits.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Kauhane, Assistant Director of Graduate Admission, 808-544-0232


Erik Burian
Erik Burian ‘13
Submarine Tactical Greybeard
Naval Submarine Training Command Pacific

The world runs on business, finance, and economics. Without an understanding of these principles, even someone leaving the military is going to be limited in their ability to step into the professional world and operate credibly. My bottom line had always been operational readiness and tactical proficiency, and although I certainly had some significant financial responsibilities commanding a $2 billion submarine, I had no practical experience running a business. What I found in the HPU MBA program was a curriculum that accurately matched what I lacked in my own resume, in a format that allowed me to work full time as a Navy Captain and attend classes in person and virtually. I completed the degree over two years, during which I lived in Oahu, D.C., and Seattle. The latter half of the degree I completed entirely online, and several of the classes were created and scheduled exclusively for me so that I could complete a concentration and certificate in Organizational Change and Development. I cannot imagine a job where some element of an MBA doesn’t immediately apply. Be a committed life-long learner. Use that tuition assistance (TA) to make good on the military’s promise to pay for your education. You never know where an opportunity or connection will lead.

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Lauren Matsumoto,
’15 valedictorian MBA

Earning an MBA from Hawai‘i Pacific University is so much more than a degree, whether you’re from the Mainland, Hawai‘i, or anywhere else in the world. It provided me the opportunity to learn alongside students from over 60 countries with an array of culturally diverse backgrounds, which enriched all of my classes. For the in-person program, the campus is located in the heart of downtown Honolulu where something as simple as an elevator ride could mean connecting with C-suite executives from your dream company. These same advantages come through in the online degree, as well, as you will immediately become plugged into a network that’s centered in the heart of the Pacific’s extended business community. I cannot speak highly enough about the relationships I established with HPU's knowledgeable professors who integrated practical life applications in all their teachings. My HPU MBA broadened my horizons and has given me the unique skills and perspectives to be an effective legislator serving the people of Hawai‘i.


Frank Piao
Frank Piao, ‘02
Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder
Changhe Stem Cell Co., Ltd.
Shanghai City, China

My experience of studying and living in Hawai‘i was a preview of my business partnership with more than 20 countries. Hawai‘i Pacific University not only has unique advantages in geographic location but also embodies the American values and the model of American melting pot in culture. My MBA program at HPU opened my eyes to Western perspectives, enabling me to graft on to my Chinese roots American values and ideals. I became a true “bridge person,” one whose life and education spans two cultures yet unites them in my person and commitment to globalization, cross-cultural understanding and service to the larger community. The world is changing rapidly, if you cannot change and upgrade yourself, then you will be obsolete. There is no end to learning and there is no time node to acquire higher education. The most effective starting point when one is eager to change is to return to campus and continue higher education. After accumulating some practical experience in real-world society, people have the qualification and ability to sort out and verify the past decision-making power in MBA courses and deepen the comprehensive quality of entrepreneurs systematically.



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Brad Harrison
Senior VP, First Hawaiian Bank 
Honolulu, HI


Brad Harrison is the senior vice president of First Hawaiian Bank’s wealth management division. He will manage the investment of personal trust account assets. Harrison brings to the position more than 32 years of wealth management experience and joined First Hawaiian Bank in 1991 as an investment officer.