The University of Hawaii (UH) System consists of three universities, seven community colleges, and various community-based learning centers located across the state. Since 2006, enrollment at UH’s has increased by 21 percent, with 2012′s enrollment hitting a record high of 60,633 students. There are currently five private, not-for-profit universities in Hawaii, including Brigham Young University, Chaminade University of Honolulu, the nonsectarian Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Tokai International College, and the career-based, technical school Remington College. The for-profit, degree-granting institutions University of Phoenix, Argosy University, and Heald College all have campuses in Hawaii.
Distance learning courses and online and hybrid certificates, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are available from the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu, Manoa, and Hilo campuses. UH’s community colleges all offer distance learning tools and online courses one can take for credit toward an associate in arts degree. Among Hawaii’s private, not-for-profit institutions, Brigham Young University offers several online classes that count toward a degree, while Chaminade University offers associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs at combine adult evening with online classes. Hawaii Pacific University, the state’s largest private, not-for-profit university, offers an online master of arts degree in organizational change, as well as an online MBA program with four different concentrations.
With its beautiful beaches, forests, volcanos, waterfalls, and resorts, tourism is understandably the chief industry in Hawaii. In 2010, Hawaii received about 5 million visitors from the continental U.S. and more than 1.9 million international visitors, according to state statistics. These visitors spent $11.2 billion in Hawaii in 2010, contributing significantly to Hawaii’s economy. To prepare yourself for careers in Hawaii’s bustling tourism industry, you may want to complete online degrees in hospitality management, hotel management, or tourism management. Online business degrees with a specialization in one of these key areas might also be beneficial.
Another important aspect of Hawaii’s economy is the military, as Hawaii is home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Service members and veterans may be interested in online degrees in military history, international relations, intelligence studies, military management, and related areas. Online programs are advantageous to active duty military, as the flexible format allows students to log in to their courses at a time of day that works best for them and from any location on the map. The following schools offer online degrees in Hawaii: