From a non-sectarian liberal arts college known as the Hawai’i Pacific College founded in 1965, Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) is a product of the merger between the former college and the Hawai’i Loa College. This merger established the university’s role in leading the state of higher education in Hawai’i and in the Pacific Basin Area. Its Center for Distance Education handles the university’s online courses.
Online courses offered by Hawai’i Pacific University include the Master of Arts in Organizational Change, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Information Systems and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. A variety of web-based tools are used by instructors including discussion forums, multi-media presentation and e-mail, among others. Online programs are as rigorous as on-campus courses.
Information regarding admissions and degree requirements can be obtained from the Admissions Office while Academic Advisors can also assist students in the enrollment process. Prospective online students are encouraged to take a self-assessment test to determine the suitability of an online distance education program. A tuition deposit is required to reserve a seat in all online classes. Tuition rate is $ 330.00 per credit for undergraduate programs and $ 660.00 per credit for graduate programs.
Financial aid options include grants, work study, veteran’s benefits, federal student loans and institutional scholarships. HPU also extends the monthly payment option through its Tuition Management System. Hawai’i Pacific University’s ranking as one of the most diverse universities in the world complements its listing as one of the top 100 schools in the US. It also has been recently named as a Military-Friendly School. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.