Director's Message

Aloha and Welcome to the School of Accountancy

Greeting to our friends and alumni. It is my great pleasure to serve our students, and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as the Director of the School of Accountancy (SOA) for the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i. The SOA continues to play an important role in educating students for meaningful careers resulting from their accounting and business studies. Significant number of SOA graduates hold leading positions not only in Hawai`i, but throughout the United States and the world.

Our curriculum and classes have continued to incorporate new developments in the fields of accounting and technology. After a recent review of our curriculum and it’s relevancy to our stakeholders in the State of Hawai‘i, we have increased our curriculum's emphasis on the development of necessary skills, rather than just obtaining extensive accounting and business knowledge.

The SOA assigns faculty liasons to various professional accounting organizations in Hawaii, and maintains extensive ties with its alumni and friends. In coordination with accounting professionals, the SOA provides flexible, relevant coverage that includes professional development for graduating students and continued professional education seminars for both students and graduates (e.g., in the form of one- and two-credit CPE courses). The following list is a sampling of flexible offerings created in recent years:

  • Capstone Undergraduate Accounting (ACC 460; four one-credit courses required for all accounting majors)  
  • Capstone Master’s course (ACC 660; case-based class, involving leaders in the accounting profession).
  • Governmental Accounting Series (an experimental one-credit hour course)
  • It Risk-Management for Non-Techies (an experimental one credit course)
  • CPA Review Sessions (a two-year experiment in improving CPA exam results)

In addition to SOA's extensive course offerings, our students benefit from academic, professional development, and social activities through student organizations, internships, and study abroad programs. Many of SOA students take parts in student exchange programs and some transfer in from the mainland schools. At UH-Mānoa small class sizes exist (less than 20 students in our writing and oral intensive courses and less than 40 in upper division undergraduate and in graduate classes) and good learning facilities create an environment conducive to learning.

Our state’s pleasant and mild climate provides many opportunities to explore Hawaii's natural beauty. Hawaii attracts many people from locations outside of the Hawaiian Islands. SOA is located in Mānoa valley near Waikiki, downtown Honolulu, and major cultural centers on Oahu.

SOA has started an annual Hawaii Accounting Research Conference, premiering in 2018. 

I encourage you to visit us in person, on the Internet, or via email (, to discover the exciting new developments and take advantage of the great opportunities available at the School of Accountancy at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Hamid Pourjalali, PhD

Don Corbin Professor of Accounting
Director, School of Accountancy