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Accounting is the language of business, used to measure and communicate the financial health of an organization. Accounting is used to translate complex financial data into information that everyone can understand. The program includes generally accepted accounting principles to provide the knowledge and skills for a career in accounting and prepare students for licensure and certification exams. A degree in Accounting opens the door to one of the highest demand areas of the business field.

Gene Johnson instructs an Accounting class
Professor Gene Johnson instructs an Accounting class

B.B.A. in Accounting

The College of Business and Economics offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with a major in Accounting. The program is divided into four components: General Education, the Pre-Business program, the Business Core program, and the Accounting major. Some General Education requirements may be satisfied with courses from the Pre-Business program, but at least 61 of the degree’s total of 121 credit hours must be taken in courses that are not offered by the Business Administration Department. The University also places several graduation requirements on all baccalaureate degree programs, and these must be satisfied by candidates for the B.B.A.

If you have any questions on requirements, please see your advisor. If you do not know who your advisor is, stop by the College of Business and Economics office and talk with the staff.

Degree Requirements

Please review the requirements listed in the University Catalog for all academic regulations governing the BBA with major in General Business.

Remember that all of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's General Education Requirements must also be met.


The State of Hawaiʻi requires 150 semester hours of college to obtain a permit to practice as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Additional semester hours in business earned past the 121 semester hours required for the B.B.A. with Major in Accounting degree will apply towards this requirement.

Residence Requirement: B.B.A. candidates must complete at least 24 of the credits used to satisfy upper-division Business core, Accounting core, and Business or Accounting elective requirements while in residence at UH Hilo.

Accounting Certificate

The Certificate in Accounting provides non-BBA majors and students who have earned non-BBA degrees with extensive knowledge in the area of accounting. The certificate is intended to provide students the knowledge and skills for a career in accounting and to prepare them for license and certification exams.

View the requirements for the Accounting certificate.