Applied Business and Information Technology

Program Overview

Bachelor of Applied Science / 121 credits (4 year program) / 60 credits (upper division Transfer)

The BAS in Applied Business and Information Technology (#ABIT) program offers a unique hybrid degree that emphasizes business, entrepreneurship, and technology skills. Upon completion of the #ABIT program, many students apply for graduate programs, launch an entrepreneurial start-up, or accept employment in a small to large-sized company. The program can be completed in 4 years* (8 full-time semesters).

Students who have completed an associate degree can transfer to the upper division program and complete the ABIT BAS in 4 semesters and 60 credits, using a traditional 16-week semester format. A new 8-week series of courses starting Spring 2022, provides upper division transfer students with more flexibility in a completely online, asynchronous learning environment.

Ready to jumpstart a business, build new skills, or advance your career?

What is Your Passion?

If your passion lies in any of the following, the ABIT program is for you!

  1. Starting a new business
  2. Marketing
  3. Accounting
  4. Web Programming
  5. Cybersecurity
  6. Big Data Analysis
  7. Machine Learning

Welcome, Transfer Students!

ABIT welcomes transfer students who have already completed their associate degree!

Students can complete their ABIT baccalaureate degree completely online! In addition to the above 8-week accelerated program, ABIT also offers a traditional 16-week semester format.

Requirements to enroll in the upper division ABIT program - 

  1. Students must have completed their associate degree from an accredited university program
  2. Students need to complete the following eight "transfer" courses prior to graduation from the ABIT - 
    • Information Technology (1) - ICS 101
    • Accounting (2) - ACC 201 and 202
    • English (1) - ENG 200 or 209 or 210 or 225
    • Economics (2) - ECON 130 and 131
    • Math (1) - MATH 115
    • Speech and Communications (1) - SP 151 or 251 or COM 130 or 145
  3. Many transfer students have completed some of the above eight "transfer" courses as part of their associate degree program. Students can complete the remaining "transfer" courses as general electives
  4. The upper division program consists of 60 credits, 15 required upper division courses (300-400 level) and 5 general electives (100-400 level)
  5. Please contact ABIT Counselor Linda Fujitani at 808.984.3226 or via email at lkfujita@hawaii.edu
See 16-Week Full Curriculum (PDF)

Success Stories


Careers & Education after taking this program:

ABIT graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees or careers in the technology industry.

Popular Graduate Programs for ABIT BAS graduates:

  1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  2. Master’s in Human Resources Management (MHRM)
  3. Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT)
  4. Master’s in Computer Science (MSCS)
  5. Master’s in Information Technology (MSIT)

Jobs and Salaries

Fastest-Growing JObs for the next decade

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the coronavirus pandemic has increased the demand for STEM jobs and remote positions that depend on math and science skills. Here the top 10 fastest-growing jobs for the next decade.

Job Projected Growth Rate Median Pay
Statisticians 35.40% $92,270
Information security analysts 33.30% $103,590
Data scientists and mathematical science occupations 31.40% $98,230
Epidemiologists 29.60% $74,560
Operations research analysts 24.60% $86,200
Actuaries 24.50% $111,030
Software developers and software quality assurance analysts, testers 22.20% $110,140
Computer and information research scientists 21.90% $126,830
Medical scientists (except epidemiologists) 16.90% $91,510
Forensic science technicians 15.60% $60,590

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics  Get the data



This chart shows the expected median annual salary for a Business Analyst position in Hawaii.

Business Analyst Low Salary: $50,000 per year
Business Analyst Average Salary: $68,346 per year
Business Analyst High Salary: $93,000 per year

Source: Glassdoor

What Does it Cost?

Compare Tuition

Check out the in-state tuition for 2020-2021 for full-time (12 credits or more) in-state tuition per semester:

UH Maui College: Upper Division (12 credits) – $3,672; Lower Division (12 credits) – $1,572
UH Hilo / West Oahu: $3,672
UH Manoa: $5,544

Source: http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/tuitionfees/regtuition.htm

Western Undergraduate Program

Students enrolled in the Western Undergraduate Exchange pay 1.5 times the rate of in-state tuition.


Certificate in Cybersecurity

The ABIT program offers certificates and courses in this exciting and emerging field. The ABIT Program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) by the NSA and DHS. All cybersecurity courses are taught completely online.

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Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning

The ABIT program offers a certificate in the exciting new field of data science and machine learning.

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Take The Next Step!

Request more information about this program or contact:


Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA, Faculty and Program Coordinator

Phone: 808 984 3619

Email: debasisb@hawaii.edu

Twitter: @uhmcabit


Linda Fujitani, ABIT Counselor

Phone: 808 984 3226

Fax: 808 984 3872

Appointments: 808 984 3306

Email: lkfujita@hawaii.edu

Program Articulations

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) - ABIT and KapCC 

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) - ABIT and LeeCC

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) - ABIT and HonCC

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) - ABIT and HawCC

Course Schedules

View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.


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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop effective business plans and strategies using essential business functions such as marketing, management, accounting, and statistics.
  2. Design prototypes using current business technology for e-commerce, web programming, databases, systems analysis, and project management.
  3. Create minimum viable products or services for a feasible business venture through entrepreneurship and technology skills.
  4. Demonstrate business ethics, value, and integrity through teamwork and leadership.