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College of Business Administration

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Business Administration offers a professional, upper division program designed to give students a broad liberal arts background and a sound education in the essentials of business management. The BBA degree program, therefore, is comprised of three integral parts: (a) general education, (b) business fundamentals, and (c) a specialized major area of business. Students may select a major that complements their interests, aptitude, and career goals from such fields as accounting, finance, human resources management, international business, management, entrepreneurship, management information systems and marketing. A double major and/or minor are also options, as well as a flexible major program.

Admission Requirements

Students transfer into CBA upon the successful completion of the following admission requirements:

  1. Minimum of 55 credit hours of college-level work (junior standing);
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all courses attempted (combined UH Manoa and transfer GPA from all other colleges attended) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at UH Manoa (if courses have been attempted at UH Manoa). If 30 or more credits with a 2.5 cumulative GPA have been completed at UH Manoa, the transfer GPA will not be used to determine admission.
  3. Completion of the following pre-business courses with a combined GPA of at least 2.5, with no grade below C. (C- grades will not be accepted for admission.) Pre-business courses: ENG 100, 101, 200, or ELI 100; SP 151 or 251; ACC 201 and 202; MATH 215, NREM 203, BUS 250 or MATH 203, 241 or 251; and ECON 130 and 131;
  4. Minimum grade of C in ICS 101 (or equivalent); and
  5. If three or more business courses (or equivalents) beyond the pre-business courses (e.g., business law, statistics, management, etc.) have been attempted, a combined GPA of at least 2.5 is required in those courses.
    Important: The Diversification-Social Sciences requirement in the General Education Core is met by completing ECON 130, 131 and PSY 100 or SOC 100 (which is the prerequisite to BUS 315 in the business core).

Application Procedures

Students currently enrolled as classified students at UH Manoa can contact the College of Business, Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS), BusAd B101, for application materials.

Non-UH Manoa students or unclassified students enrolled in Outreach College must submit the System Application Form to the Office of Admissions and Records, 2600 Campus Road, Room 001, Honolulu, HI 96822 (or visit the Web at www.hawaii.edu).

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for CBA are November 1 for the spring semester and May 1 for the fall semester.

College Requirements

  1. Completion of 124 non-repeated credit hours, including the General Education Core requirements (see the “Manoa General Education Core and Graduation Requirements” section for more information) and the following College curriculum requirements:
    a. Pre-business courses (see “Admission Requirements”);
    b. Required business courses: BLAW 200, BUS 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 345;
    c. Requirements for the major;
    d. BUS 209 or ENG 209;
    e. An upper division course in international business; and
    f. 15 credits of non-major elective courses (beyond the introductory level) which may include a minor and up to 3 credits of BUS 395.
  2. GPA of 2.0 in all UH Manoa registered credit hours.
  3. GPA of 2.0 in all required business courses (and their equivalents) and CBA major courses completed at UH Manoa.
  4. Grades of C- or higher in any required business courses (and their equivalents) and CBA major courses completed at UH Manoa.
  5. Residency requirements for BBA degree include both:
    a. University residency requirement of 30 credit hours at UH Manoa and
    b. Minimum of eight upper division business courses (24 credit hours), including a minimum of three courses in the student’s major and BUS 345, after admission to CBA.
    Students interested in applying to CBA should contact the Office of Student Academic Services for current information on admission and program requirements.

Modification of Hawaiian/Second Language Requirement for CBA Students

CBA students must complete one or a combination of the following options to satisfy the Hawaiian/Second language requirement:

  1. A four-semester sequence of a single language (or proven competency via a language requirement waiver or completion of 202/212);
  2. Participation in a study abroad or international exchange program of 12 credits or more;
  3. 12 credits of international culture/area courses, from one culture of study, to be chosen from an approved list of courses provided by the CBA Curriculum and Program Committee and the Office of Student Academic Services.

Major Requirements

See appropriate departments in this Catalog for specific major requirements leading to a BBA degree.

Academic Policies

Sequence of Courses

CBA undergraduates must take BUS 310 and 311 in their first semester in the CBA. Furthermore, CBA students must consult the course descriptions in this Catalog for prerequisites and proper sequencing of business and major courses toward graduation.

Minimum Standards for GPA

The minimum acceptable academic performance for CBA undergraduates at UH Manoa is (a) cumulative UH Manoa GPA of 2.0; (b) GPA of 2.0 in all required business courses (and their equivalents) and CBA major courses completed at UH Manoa; (c) Grades of C-minus or higher in any required business courses (and their equivalents) and CBA major courses completed at UH Manoa.


CBA students are placed on probation at the end of any semester for any of the following reasons:

  1. The student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0
  2. The student’s GPA in required business courses and major falls below 2.0
  3. The student fails to complete BUS 310 and 311 in the first semester in the CBA.
  4. Satisfactory progress toward graduation is not being made.

Students on probation will be required to meet with their academic advisor.

Double Major

Students may pursue a double major to enhance their educational spectrum and professional marketability. To qualify for a double major, students must have a minimum cumulative UH Manoa GPA of 3.0 and a minimum UH Manoa GPA of 3.0 in each of the two proposed majors. At the time of declaration, the student must have completed at least one course in each major. A double major shall consist of 27 or more credits which lead to a specialization in two fields of study. Courses must meet the requirements for a major in each of the fields, and may not be used to meet the non-introductory electives requirement. (Note: International Business is offered only as a double major.) After successfully completing the requirements, students may officially declare a double major in the Office of Student Academic Services.


Students completing their first two years of work at a community college or at another four-year institution should take only those business courses offered at the freshman or sophomore level (e.g., introductory accounting, business law). Business courses taught at community colleges may not be used to satisfy upper division course requirements in CBA (e.g., business statistics). Junior-level and senior-level business courses are accepted only from colleges accredited by the AACSB and select foreign universities.

Withdrawal Deadline

CBA strictly enforces a three-week withdrawal deadline for upper-division business classes. Please note that this deadline is not the same as that for non-business classes. In general, exceptions regarding late drop requests will not be granted.

Dual/Concurrent Degrees

CBA students may choose to pursue a concurrent degree in any other UH Manoa school or college. The consideration of an additional field of study can increase knowledge, diversify perspectives, and enhance personal education as well as professional growth. Requirements for admission include a cumulative GPA of 3.25, a statement of support from the current advisor, and a statement of purpose from the applicant. Current CBA students considering a dual degree or students interested in admission to the CBA as a concurrent degree candidate should meet with an advisor in the CBA Office of Student Academic Services to discuss individual academic programs.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

he CBA welcomes students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree. Priority for admission is given to students seeking their first undergraduate business degree; therefore, applicants who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in business will be denied admission to the CBA. In addition to completing the application process (see “College Requirements”), second-degree students must also submit an official transcript from the host institution of the first baccalaureate degree. Upon review by the Office of Student Academic Services, accepted students must meet with an advisor to be informed of remaining UH Manoa General Education, program, graduation, and residency requirements. Fall applications must be received by November 1, and spring applications are due no later than May 1. For more information, contact the Office of Student Academic Services in BusAd B101 or at 956-8215.


CBA students may choose a minor offered in another UH Manoa college to complement their business program. A minor course of study consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours of non-introductory or upper division coursework that is completed with a grade of C (not C-) or better. CBA students may use a minor to replace the non-introductory electives requirement.

Minor in Business Administration

The CBA offers a minor in Business Administration to non-business majors. This minor will provide students with a greater understanding of business in preparation for their entrance into the workforce. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Classified undergraduate student not enrolled in the College of Business Administration
  2. Junior standing (55 or more college-level credits)
  3. 2.5 cumulative GPA
  4. Completion of the following courses with a C (not C-) or better:
    a) ICS 101 (or equivalent)
    b) ECON 120 or 130 or 131
    c) ACC 201
    d) Calculus (or equivalent: NREM 203 or MATH 203 or 241 or 251 or BUS 250) or Statistics (or equivalent: AREC 310 or ECON 321 or NURS 203 or PSY 210 or SOCS 225)
    e) PSY 100 or SOC 100

For more information and to receive an application, please contact the Office of Student Academic Services in BusAd B101 or at 956-8215.

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