Accounting Degrees in Hawaii

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

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55-220 Kulanui Street
(808) 675-3211

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Chaminade University of Honolulu

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3140 Waialae Avenue
(808) 735-4711

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Senior

Hawaii Community College

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200 W. Kawili Street
(808) 974-7611

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Hawaii Pacific University

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1164 Bishop Street
(808) 544-0200

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Heald College-Honolulu

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1500 Kapiolani Blvd
(808) 955-1500

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

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Kapiolani Community College

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4303 Diamond Head Rd
(808) 734-9000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-WASC)

Kauai Community College

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3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy
(808) 245-8311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-WASC)

Leeward Community College

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96-045 Ala Ike
(808) 455-0011

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate Degree in Science, Certificate in Accounting, Certificate on Completion in Small Business Accounting, Subject Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-WASC)

University of Hawaii at Hilo

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200 W Kawili St
800-897-4456

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Senior

University of Hawaii at Manoa

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2500 Campus Road
(808) 956-8975

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting, Master's of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

University of Hawaii Maui College

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310 Kaahumanu Ave
(808) 984-3500

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

University of Phoenix-Hawaii Campus

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745 Fort Street
(808) 536-2686

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with Concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Council for Business Schoools and Programs (ACBSP)

Educational Requirements

Candidates for CPA licensure in the state of Hawaii must hold at least a bachelor’s degree with 150 credit hours.

Salary

In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that 4,580 accountants and auditors were employed in Hawaii. The average wage for accountants and auditors in Hawaii in 2011 was $61,750.

CPA Licensing in Hawaii

Hawaii CPAs are licensed by the Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy. To become licensed, a person must first take the CPA exam after meeting the following academic requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in accounting, OR
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than accounting but with 18 semester hours of upper-division or graduate-level accounting subjects.

Requirements to be issued a certificate (license):

  • Complete 150 hours of semester study at an institution of higher education.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours in upper-division accounting courses and 24 semester hours in upper-division non-accounting business courses.
  • Pass the CPA exam.
  • No ethics exam is required.
  • Complete 1,500 chargeable hours in the performance of audits involving the application of generally accepted accounting principles and generally accepted auditing standards, or accrue two years full-time professional public accounting experience.

Continuing Education Requirements

Hawaii CPA certificates (licenses) are renewed biennially. Hawaii CPAs music complete 80 hours of board-approved continuing professional education (CPE) during the preceding two-year period. According to LearningMarket, candidates for license renewal are required to take four hours of ethics for each two-year period.

Accounting Jobs in Hawaii

The greatest concentration of accountants and auditors is found in Honolulu, which is a hub for business and international commerce. Three of the four “big four” accounting firms have branch offices in Honolulu, including KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte, and offer employment opportunities for Hawaii CPAs. Accountants, internal auditors, controller, and even environmental accountants are employed throughout Hawaii’s tourism, finance, and energy industries.