Finance Schools in Hawaii

The University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hawaii Pacific University both feature graduate programs in finance. The University of Hawaii at Manoa confers the Master of Science (MS) in Financial Engineering while Hawaii Pacific University awards the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a finance concentration. Students who need flexibility and convenience to earn a graduate degree can pursue a master’s in finance through online programs, which generally allow students to fulfill all degree requirements online.

Quick Facts

  • There are 3 colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Hawaii.
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: University of Hawaii at Manoa, 56%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Hawaii Pacific University, $22,360.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Brigham Young University-Hawaii, $11,189.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Hawaii: $4,630 – $25,652.2
  • No schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013.
  • No schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100).

*For 4-year colleges and universities that offer a finance degree program.

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Hawaii

Chaminade University

Chaminade University offers a Master of Business Administration in Accounting with an emphasis on finance, including managerial finance and managerial ethics. The purpose of the program is to develop successful graduates who can contribute to the business and finance communities. The program is flexible, and can be taken evenings on campus or entirely online. Chaminade University is dedicated to maintaining academic excellence while preparing students for professional success and is a member of the multi-institution Leadership Alliance, which also includes such schools as Stanford and Cornell.

Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University offers a Master of Business Administration with a Finance Concentration. The course of study for this degree helps students understand economic and financial concepts, develop and implement strategies, and hone leadership skills. The finance concentration includes the study of international financial markets, trading and advanced derivatives, and financial institution management. Students in the program can join active organizations such as the Accounting Club and Project Management Club. Hawaii Pacific University has been ranked as one of the top western universities by US News & World Report and the Princeton Review and has been noted by the PayScale College Salary Report for the salary potential of its graduates.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers a Global Master of Business Administration program that can be tailored to concentrate in finance. All courses in the program have a strategic focus on the Asia-Pacific region with opportunities for summer field study in major business hubs such as Tokyo and Shanghai. With 21 elective credits needed to fulfill degree requirements, students can select finance courses such as International Monetary Systems and Global Financial Markets, Advanced Topics in Finance, and Entrepreneurial Finance to customize study to their career goals. With full-time study, the MBA can be completed in as few as 21 months. Students can also choose to enter the program as part of a 24-month or 36-month part-time cohort. The Global MBA at UH Manoa is the only graduate program in Hawaii accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Hawaii Career Opportunities for Graduates

Hawaii has a low unemployment rate and fair prospects for growth according to Forbes. In addition, state-led incentive programs are being deployed to attract new business investment to metropolitan areas across Hawaii. Bank of Hawaii, a subsidiary of Bank of Hawaii Corporation, is one of the top employers in the finance industry in Hawaii. The bank provides personal, small business, and corporate services including banking and wealth management to clients in Hawaii, American Samoa, and the Pacific Islands. Through a selective recruiting process Bank of Hawaii looks to attract well-qualified finance professionals for its operational support functions. The company encourages internal promotion in line with career aspirations and new career opportunities are posted to its website. Ameriprise Financial, a leading US financial services company employing a greater number of Certified Financial Planners than any other US firm maintains offices in Hawaii to provide wealth management services to its Hawaii-based clients. Ameriprise supports its financial professionals so that professionals can support clients with risk-managed financial strategies.

Hawaii Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

Hawaii is a great place to live and work, especially for financial analysts and financial managers. The average annual salary for financial analysts in Hawaii is $71,440.5 The average annual salary for financial managers is $91,170.5 Most financial analysts work in Honolulu, as do most financial managers.6 However, financial managers are more likely to find employment on less populated islands than are their analyst counterparts.6 This is poised to change, however, as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth for financial analysts to reach 23% between 2010 and 2020,7 indicating that demand for these professionals in many areas will be on the rise in the coming years.

Hawaii Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts320$73,590
Financial Examiners50$71,190
Financial Managers2,170$91,080
Loan Officers1,250$56,330
Personal Financial Advisors290$71,160

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-accounting/?type=private&type=public
3. Bloomberg Businessweek: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
4. US News and World Reprot: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_hi.htm#13-0000
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-6