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University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business Full Time MBA

The Shidler College of Business leads in the Asia-Pacific region, providing students with an in-depth understanding of the best business practices, an awareness of languages and cultures, and use of emerging technologies within a complex global environment. The College offers a wide selection of degree, certificate and executive programs in a multicultural environment enhanced by collaborative learning, research projects, international speakers, internships, study abroad and career opportunities. Ranked among the top 25 institutions for international business and the only AACSB accredited MBA program in Hawaii, the College equips its graduates with the ability to learn and to lead throughout their lifetime.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
In-State Tuition (Total) $39,144
Out-of-State Tuition (Total) $66,624
Average Starting Salary $64,332

Program Information

University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business Says

The Shidler College of Business leads in the Asia-Pacific region, providing students with an in-depth understanding of the best business practices, an awareness of languages and cultures, and use of emerging technologies within a complex global environment.

The College offers a wide selection of degree, certificate and executive programs in a multicultural environment enhanced by collaborative learning, research projects, international speakers, internships, study abroad and career opportunities.

Ranked among the top 25 institutions for international business and the only AACSB accredited MBA program in Hawaii, the College equips its graduates with the ability to learn and to lead throughout their lifetime.

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 46% accepted out of 224 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 594
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Important: Admissions Tests, Academic GPA

Admission Information

In order to join UHM's diverse community of students, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GMAT score of 500. The school requires that its applicants have at least two years of post-graduate, full-time work experience. Because international students representing more than 80 countries account for about 25 percent of UHM gradua...In order to join UHM's diverse community of students, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GMAT score of 500. The school requires that its applicants have at least two years of post-graduate, full-time work experience. Because international students representing more than 80 countries account for about 25 percent of UHM graduate student population, the TOEFL is required. Students whose native language is not English must score at least a 600 (paper-based) test 250 (computer-based). Students who score 550/213 are considered, but will be tested again by the university's English Language Institute.

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Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes
Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Petroleum / Energy 23% $5,709
Consumer Products 23% $4,263
Technology 14% $5,626
Government 14% $6,389
Real Estate 9% $4,400
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 9% $5,980
Other 4% $4,167
Non Profit 4% $2,667

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 75
Percent International Students 18%
Total Full-Time Faculty 65
Full-Time Faculty 78%

Student Life

One look at the school's website should tell you all you need to know about campus life at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Palm trees, mountains, airy beaches, and wide expanses of deep blue sea abound. As one student says on the school's site: "Life in Hawaii... well, what can I say? It's Hawaii!" Another student adds, "Located in beautiful Hawaii, UHM is an ideal location for students who are looking for a change of scenery. The students are extremely diverse, and the program is very flexible to accommodate various needs." And another student points out that the great thing about UHM is that "the location and the diverse student body make it exciting to learn. There are people who are here for different reasons, so it is exciting to meet engineers, psychologists, astronomers, chemists, and economists. The city and community is beautiful and safe." Still, many students feel that "the facilities at this school could stand a lot of improvement, and the negative attitude of most of the faculty toward technology is unacceptable." Many students strongly feel that "the friendships made from the intensive group work make up for all this. In my first semester alone, I have made several friends I am proud to call my friends for life." But others point out that because it's a commuting campus, "extracurriculars are limited, especially with students working full-time. But the Graduate Business Students Association does put on monthly ‘relaxers' after classes to get the students to mingle with each other and with professors." Relaxers provide drinks, snacks, and a place to socialize, and students consider them "a good but rare offering." Also, many students feel that "it would be great if the school could involve the spouses and families a bit more. More opportunities to meet socially, instead of just academically (for group work) would be great."

Career

Many students who graduate from UHM remain in Hawaii to work, though some return to the United States mainland or to Asia, and students are wild about the "networking opportunities for international and local students across Asia and the Pacific Rim." Employers of recent MBAs include AIG Insurance, Bank of Hawaii, Booz Allen Hamilton, PricewaterhouseCoopers, First Hawaiian Bank, Foodland, Frito Lay, Nabisco, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton Hotels, the Internal Revenue Service, and many others. Many MBAs have also been inspired to start their own businesses after their time at UHM. Still, some students feel that the alumni network could be improved. One student says, "It would be great if the alumni could get more involved with the program. I am lucky to have a good alumnus who takes participation in my attendance, but I wonder if my other classmates are just as lucky."

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About

A leader among U.S. business schools in its focus on the Asia-Pacific region, the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii---Manoa provides students with an in-depth understanding of the best business practices, an awareness of languages and cultures, and a solid comprehension of emerging technologies within today’s complex global economic environment. Founded in 1949, the college offers students a wide selection of degree, certificate and high-impact executive programs in a unique multicultural learning environment enhanced by collaborative learning, research projects, international speakers, internships, study abroad opportunities, and career services. In the past several years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the college among the top 25 U.S. graduate business schools for international business.The business program offers an integrated curriculum in five major fields: accounting, finance, marketing, management, and information technology to accentuate the practical application of business theories. The curriculum incorporates the latest technology, offers specific concentration fields such as the recently added Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses and is designed with an Asia-Pacific perspective to respond to the changing economic conditions. For more information, call 808-956-8266 or visit www.shidler.hawaii.edu

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Students Say

For most students at the University of Hawaii College of Business, the most exciting thing about their program is "its proximity to Asia and the large number of Chinese and Japanese students." Because so many students plan to go on to work in the rapidly growing markets of Asia, the program is not only helpful to their education, but also to their manners. Through a variety of exchange programs, as well as friendships with students from so many different cultures, students learn how to interact with cultures not their own, and, in many cases, learn how to avoid embarrassing social gaffes that could spoil a deal. As one student says, "[The school's] greatest strengths are the international business ties the school has with countries around the Pacific Rim. The MBA program offers exchange opportunities like the PACIBER program, which requires fluency in a language spoken in the Pacific region other than English, one semester of study abroad, and an internship with a focus on international business." UHM's MBA program is a general one, and its classes are all taught at night to accommodate the needs of its many working students. Students can choose part-time or full-time courses of study and can pick from the following departments: financial economics and institutions, information-technology management, management and industrial relations, marketing, and the school of accountancy. In addition, the school offers a variety of dual degree programs (MBA/MA, or MBA/MS, and JD/MBA) and a Japan- or China-focused MBA: a full-time, 15-month specialized program. As far as students are concerned, however, all of the departments have one strength in common: "The professors! They are the ones who point you in the right direction and help with the networking process." Another student concurs, adding that the school is home to "great and knowledgeable faculty. My classmates are also excellent." And because of the nontraditional curriculum and the small program, "in general, the environment is noncompetitive." Although there are few complaints about the curriculum, some students feel that "the offerings of noncore classes could be increased, especially in the areas of finance and marketing." Others make the case that "academically, the school could make the course work more vigorous, but with more than 50 percent of the students working full-time, those students may not be able to accommodate more rigorous work." Another student agrees and adds that "though the classes require a lot of work, I think that in general they should be more challenging." In keeping with the multinational tone of the school, one of the more popular aspects of the College of Business Administration is their study-abroad program. The school has multiple exchange programs with universities in Asia and Europe and a summer Asian field-study elective, which "enables students to earn six credits while visiting factories and other businesses in four Asian countries." As one student says, " I went on a three-week long field study, where we visited Korea, Japan, and Thailand. As a group of 15 students with a well-known advisor, we were able to visit with executive managers at companies such as Nissan, POSCO, and K. Cotton." UHM also offers a number of different international activity groups, such as the Academy of International Business; the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center, the Asia-Pacific Financial Markets Research Center, the Family Business Center of Hawaii, the Pacific-Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business, and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Project.

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Degrees Awarded

Full-Time MBA, 48 credits, 16 - 21 months; Part-Time MBA, 48 credits, 30 - 36 months; Executive MBA (EMBA), 48 credits, 22 months; Master of Accounting (MAcc), 30 credits, 12 months; Japan-focused MBA (MBA), 48 credits, 21 months; China International MBA (MBA), 48 credits, 21 months; Vietnam Executive MBA (VEMBA), 48 credits, 22 months; Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM), 30 credits, 16 months; PhD in International Management (PhD), 4-5 years; Full-Time MBA; Part-Time MBA; Executive MBA; China International MBA; Japan-focused MBA, Vietnam Executive MBA; Master of Accounting; Master of Human Resource Management; JD/MBA; PhD in International Management. Certificate in International Management or Entrepreneurship.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Instructional Resource Center, Behavior Research Laboratory, The Sunset Reference Center, The Asia-Pacific Center for Executive Development, Academy of International Business, The Asia Pacific Ecomonic Corpoartion Study Center, The Center for Japanese Global Investment and Finance, The Pacific Asian Management Institute, The Center for International Business Education and Research, The Hawaii Real Estate Research and Education Center, The Pacific Business Center, and The Pacific Research Institute for Information Systems and Management.

  • Research Facilities:

    Instructional Resource Center, Behavior Research Laboratory, The Sunset Reference Center, The Asia-Pacific Center for Executive Development, Academy of International Business, The Asia Pacific Ecomonic Corpoartion Study Center, The Center for Japanese Global Investment and Finance, The Pacific Asian Management Institute, The Center for International Business Education and Research, The Hawaii Real Estate Research and Education Center, The Pacific Business Center, and The Pacific Research Institute for Information Systems and Management.

  • Study Abroad:

    China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, France, Finland.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business include:

Richard Leung - Managing Director & Head of Wealth Management, UBS Securities Company Ltd.

Paul Higo - Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Eric Yemen - CEO, Hawaiian Telcomm

Robert Clarke - Chairman, President & CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries

Robin Campaniano - Pres &CEO/AIG Insurance

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