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The School of Accountancy within the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in Accounting and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degrees. The undergraduate accounting program provides students with an educational foundation for entry into a wide range of accounting careers and enables students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education. The MAcc program provides advanced education in taxation, financial accounting, and auditing necessary for students to pursue leading positions in public practice, business, not-for-profit organizations, government, and related fields.
An accounting background may provide a competitive edge for those aspiring to become chief executive officers, according to a recent Robert Half International survey. Students often study accounting even though their major interests may be in other areas of business. This enables these students to have a salable skill for easy entry into a business firm.
Effective June 21, 2001, students will need to have 150 semester hours of college education (that includes twenty-four semester hours in upper division or graduate level accounting courses) to take the CPA exam. The Undergraduate Accounting major prepares students for entry into the Master's of Accounting program (MAcc). A MAcc degree will provide students the credits necessary to take the CPA exam.