The School of Accountancy (SOA) provides a high-quality accounting education. Extensive accounting educational programs exist at all levels. Degrees and course offerings are described on separate web pages.
High-Quality Accounting Education
The SOA provides an accounting education relevant to a technologically advanced global economy. In addition, the SOA instills students with skills and a sense of moral, ethical, and professional obligations to society.
Many of the distinguished SOA faculty hold multiple teaching awards. 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.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's favorable class sizes enable professors to effectively develop students' skills and knowledge. Class sizes are generally limited to 40 students for undergraduate classes, except writing-intensive courses, which are limited to only 20 students. There is a 30 student enrollment limit for all 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 an accounting 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. In addition, various scholarships exist for accounting students, as described on the Accounting Scholarships.
At the graduate level, the Master of Accounting program (MAcc) provides 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 while saving on graduate tuition costs. In addition, the Masters of Accounting Endowed Scholarships helps support MAcc students. SOA MAcc Alumni provide insights into the tremendous success of the program.
The Ph.D. Program in Business (with an accounting emphasis) is a rigorous program that prepares students for a career as an accounting academic in teaching and research. SOA Requirements for Ph.D. Students provide insights into the program.