Master of Business Administration

Emphasizing values-driven leadership, and the development of skills in managing people, projects and systems for business success and social good.

The Island Business MBA

Personal integrity, social responsibility, and family spirit are the hallmarks of the Chaminade MBA and the reason why our program means good business for Hawai’i…and you.

About the Program

Chaminade University’s MBA Program has been a leader in graduate management education for working professionals for nearly forty years.  The program emphasizes values-driven leadership and developing skills in managing people, projects, and systems for business success and social good.  Chaminade MBA graduates are recognized both for their professional accomplishments and their significant civic and community contributions.

Our program prepares graduates to have the skills needed to achieve results: working with others, problem solving, and managing change.  The program’s emphasis on using theory for taking action empowers graduates to effectively lead people, projects, and organizations in virtually any kind of business.  Students may take classes in the evening, on-campus, or online.

Program Concentrations


The Not-for-Profit MBA prepares graduates to bring sound management and leadership practices to their work in no-for-profit organizations, such as government and community service organizations.  Graduates will develop knowledge in no-for-profit management as well as skills in applying business reasoning to -not-for profit operations.  These core competencies enable graduates to successfully develop and manage programs in the political context of government and to accomplish work that makes a difference in people’s lives.


The Accounting MBA prepares graduates for a career in public or private accounting and provides the academic work required for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.  The program combines advanced coursework in accounting with classes in management to build an integrated perspective on the measurement, communication, and uses of financial information for business decision making.  The program is primarily designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees in accounting.

Island Business

Stories in the news alert us daily to the challenges facing Hawai’i … its land, people and economy.  Current business models, often reflecting continental perspectives and approaches, exacerbate these challenges. The Island Business concentration builds on core MBA course work and prepares graduates to do business in and contribute to, a mature, thriving Hawai’i or other island setting, while gaining a holistic view of contemporary business issues.

Advantages of the Program

Class Format

Convenient evening and online classes

Accelerated Schedule

Accelerated 10-week course semester/terms

Class Size

Small class sizes ensure individualized attention


Program Admission

Admission for four terms beginning January, April, July, and October

Dedicated Faculty

Faculty with real-world experience and a commitment to personal mentoring


Timeline to Degree Completion

The program of study can be completed in 18 months to 2 years.

Where Our Graduates Work

  • American Savings Bank
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • Central Pacific Bank
  • Chevron
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Deloitte
  • First Hawaiian Bank
  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Hawaii Prince Hotel Chamber of Commerce
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kapiolani Health
  • KPMG
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii
  • Outrigger Enterprises
  • State of Hawaii
  • UHA Health Insurance
  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • YMCA

Faculty Highlights

Caryn Callahan

Professor of Finance & International Business

Today’s work environment moves at warp speed.  To succeed in such an environment requires high-level skills.  Chaminade’s MBA program gives students the very tools they need to analyze problems, create solutions and succeed.  For example, our user-friendly finance classes provide information and skills which are immediately useful in the workplace or for personal finance or investing purposes.  In addition, our location at the crossroads of the Pacific makes Chaminade an ideal location to study international business.

Wayne Tanna

Professor of Accounting

 We all have a responsibility to contribute to society. And it’s especially important for people in business to have a social conscience because we’re often the ones who can access the resources to get things done. Each year, I have my students provide tax preparation clinics for low income people on Oahu, helping them to not miss out on refunds that can make a real difference in their lives. I challenge my students to use what they learn in the classroom to have a positive impact on their profession and the community.