Great Academic Quality and Programs

The School of Accountancy (SOA) provides a high quality accounting education. Extensive accounting educational programs exist at all levels. Degree programs and course offerings (with links to course syllabi) are described on separate web-pages.

High Quality Accounting Education

SOA provides an accounting education relevant to a technologically advanced global economy. SOA instills students with skills and a sense of moral, ethical and professional obligations to society.

Teaching awards are held by many SOA faculty. Recognition on teaching is from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the Shidler College of Business, and most importantly the students, such as those in Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Club, and Mortar Board. See the web-page on SOA High Quality Teaching and Awards.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa small class sizes enable professors to better develop students skills and knowledge. Class sizes are generally limited to 40 students for undergraduate classes, except writing intensive classes are only 20 students, and 30 students for graduate classes.

Laulima, the University of Hawaii's course management system on the web, is used by most SOA faculty. Laulima enables students to acquire course materials from the web. Some faculty also use Laulima to collect homework and provide student feedback. Course evaluations are administered each semester through UH-Manoa's eCAFE system.

Extensive Educational Programs and Offerings in Accounting

At the undergraduate level, SOA not only has the accouting major, but serves university students with an introduction to accounting and its uses. The accounting major provides students with a solid educational foundation for entry into a wide range of accounting careers, and prepares students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education. Various scholarships exist for accounting students, as described on the web-page for Accounting Scholarships.

At the graduate level, the Master of Accounting program (MAcc) provides an advanced education in taxation, financial accounting, and auditing necessary for students to pursue leading positions in public practice, business, government, and related fields. The 3/2 program enables a UH accounting major to earn both the BBA and the MAcc within 5 years. The Masters of Accounting Endowed Scholarships helps support MAcc students. A web-page on SOA MAcc Alumni provides insights on the great success of the program.

The PhD Program (with an accounting emphasis) is a rigorous program which prepares students for a career as an accounting academic in teaching and research. The Don Corbin, PhD Scholarship Fund helps supports a PhD student focusing in accounting. A web-page on SOA Requirements for PhD Students provides insights into the program.