About UH Manoa


Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System.

UH Manoa is a research university of international standing offering a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. One of only a handful of universities in the United States to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UH Mānoa’s faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Institute of Medicine and has been Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity.” Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a great education and have a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning—truly like no place else on earth.

Students and faculty come from across the U.S. and the world to take advantage of UH Manoa's unique research opportunities, diverse community, and beautiful landscape. The University’s student body is extremely diverse and has students from more than 120 countries around the world, and all 50 United States.  

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About the Public Administration Program

The Public Administration Program was founded in 1984 to provide build public service leadership in the state and the Asia Pacific region and offers an MPA that takes an East meets West approach to public administration.  Our mission is to equip those with public and community responsibilities in Hawaii, the continental U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region with knowledge and skills to adapt to changing public service environments and to work collaboratively to solve problems. 

The Program does this in a manner informed by the traditions, cultural sensitivity, and inclusiveness special to Hawaii, enabling our graduates to provide leadership and improve communities wherever they serve. Through teaching, research and service, the Program aims to give current and future public service professionals the knowledge and skills they need to be effective leaders in a diverse and globalizing world. 

Although our faculty size is small, our faculty have published articles in recognized high quality journals such as JPART, PA, PAR, ROPPA, ARPA, IPMJ, PPMR, and PMR over the last 5 years.