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. The SOA continues to play an important role in educating students for careers in their accounting and business studies. Significant number of our graduates hold leading positions not only in Hawai‘i, but throughout the United States and the world.

Although our curriculum and classrooms have continued to incorporate new developments in the fields of accounting and technology, we recently completed an overall review of our curriculum and it’s relevancy to our stakeholders in the state of Hawai‘i. Our emphasis is not only on the quality of education, but on development of necessary skills as well as our integration of entrepreneurship into the curriculum.

The SOA is currently the only school in the college in which each faculty member is in contact with at least one professional organization in Hawai‘i, and which has been in direct contact 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 these flexible offerings:

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

Our state’s mild climate provides many opportunities to explore Hawai‘i's natural beauty and we continue to witness increases in the number of students from locations outside the Hawaiian Islands. We are just minutes away from Waikiki, downtown Honolulu, and major cultural centers.

I encourage you to visit us in person, on the Internet, or via email (, to discover the new developments and take advantage of the 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