The state of Hawaii is the fourth smallest state in regards to land mass with 6,422 square miles in total. Therefore, the number of institutions of higher learning are going to be fewer than in large and populous states, such as Texas or California. When it comes to colleges or universities that offer online courses or programs, Hawaii does not disappoint, and neither does their best online university.

Among those who offer online courses or programs, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa can be considered to be the best. We determined the school to be the best by using one of the formulas used to create rankings, the same one used for many schools featured in the Best Online Schools By State or Location.  We collected data from sources such as Niche, NCES, CollegeData, and school websites to find the best school with online offerings. Graduation rate, freshman retention rate, average residential cost of attendance, and the overall grade given to the institutions at Niche were all considered to find the best school.

While the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has the best statistics, the entire University of Hawaiʻi school system offers the largest variety of online and distance education degree and certificate programs of anywhere in Hawaii.

Online programs offered through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are:

  • Hawaiʻi Statewide Nursing Consortium (Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Economics (Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education
  • Certificate in Learning Design and Technology for Teachers (TeachTech) (Graduate Certificate)
  • Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) (Graduate Certificate)
  • Disability and Diversity Studies Certificate (Graduate Certificate)
  • Curriculum Studies (Literacy Specialist PK-12) (Graduate Certificate)
  • Advanced Population Health Nursing (Master’s Degree)
  • Executive MBA (Master’s Degree)
  • Human Resources Management (Master’s Degree)
  • Learning Design and Technology (Master’s Degree)
  • Library & Information Science (Master’s Degree)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (Master’s Degree)
  • Social Work (Master’s Degree)
  • Special Education (Master’s Degree)

Other schools within the system which offer online programs include Leeward Community College, UH West Oʻahu, and UH Hilo, so this is only a portion of what is available through the school system.

Another terrific school with online programs is Chaminade University of Honolulu. Chaminade is a private university which was established in 1955 and is the only Catholic University in Hawai`i. It is also only one of three Marianist institutions of higher education in the United States. Chaminade’s online programs include:

  • Liberal Arts (associate degree)
  • Early Childhood Education (associate degree)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (associate degree)
  • Business Administration (associate degree)
  • Business Administration (bachelor’s degree)
  • Management (bachelor’s degree)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (bachelor’s degree)
  • Early Childhood Education (bachelor’s degree)
  • Early Childhood Education – Montessori Credential (bachelor’s degree)
  • Elementary Education (bachelor’s degree)
  • Secondary Education (bachelor’s degree)
  • English (bachelor’s degree)
  • Historical and Political Studies (bachelor’s degree)
  • Psychology (bachelor’s degree)
  • Religious Studies (bachelor’s degree)

Remington College, which has a campus in Honolulu also offers students online degree programs. Remington’s online options include:

  • Medical Office Administration (diploma program)
  • Health Information Technology (associate’s degree)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (associate’s degree)
  • Paralegal (associate’s degree)
  • Criminal Justice (bachelor’s degree)
  • Organizational Management (bachelor’s degree)
  • Health Information Management (bachelor’s degree)
  • Health Information Management (master’s degree)

Students seeking to earn an online degree in Hawaii certainly have a variety of popular program options available to them.

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