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Every Program Prepares You for Success – Here is One that Prepares You for Immediate Impact

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Reach your peak potential

The Executive MBA from California Lutheran University’s School of Management is designed for mid-career professionals who have already experienced some success and want to elevate and achieve bigger goals in their careers. The program presents issues faced in today’s business environment, making the studies relevant and impactful to each student’s current role.

“The idea is to focus experienced professionals toward bringing their peak potential to their career path,” explained School of Management Dean, Gerhard Apfelthaler. “Beyond the functional skills you might expect from any business school program, our students also learn how to lead through change.”

In the current and constantly changing world, businesses need leaders that are quick to adapt, find innovation in crisis, and continue to move companies forward. Students develop an excellent portfolio of business knowledge and competencies, enhance analytical abilities and gain strategic leadership expertise to influence the direction of organizations.


Designed with busy lifestyles in mind, the Executive MBA begins each fall and spring and is delivered over 18 months. Cohorts are made up of professionals from diverse backgrounds who have a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant managerial/progressive business experience. The program features 16 courses, three units each, delivered in a hybrid model: seven online courses, eight on-campus courses in a compressed weekend format, and one international travel course.


OurThe Executive MBA program’s interdisciplinary, experience-driven curriculum is organized around five key areas:

• Leading Operations

• Managing Process

• Leading Strategy

• Leading People

• Professional Advancement

Each includes relevant course topics, including: Innovation and Organizational Entrepreneurship, Global Economics for Executives, Strategic Decision Making for High Performance, Organizational Design, and Global Operations.

Key Benefits

The Executive MBA program prepares students for top leadership positions in public or private organizations and new ventures by providing opportunities to:

Focus on what matters most.

• Develop an excellent portfolio of business knowledge and competencies.

• Focus on personal development, especially communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

• Develop and apply analytical abilities to business issues.

• Gain strategic leadership expertise to influence the direction of organizations.

Put what you learn into practice, as you learn it.

• Work on issues faced in your professional environment as part of your coursework, making your studies immediately relevant and impactful.

• Prepare for a lifetime of learning and continuous personal development.

Develop a network of professional peers.

• Learn exclusively within a cohort of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds.

• Build a network of colleagues, including Cal Lutheran alumni, faculty members, and business leaders.

Receive personal attention, every step of the way.

• With a strong emphasis on teamwork, participation, and communication, the program features a world-class faculty, small class sizes, professional skills workshops, and personalized assessments and coaching sessions throughout.

With a Cal Lutheran Executive MBA, you can:

• Speed your career progression

• Boost your earning potential

• Transfer your skills or switch careers

• Unleash your inner entrepreneur

“Enrolling in Cal Lutheran’s Executive MBA Program was the best investment I could have made for my professional career,” said Kathy White (Class of ’19), Associate VP of Corporate Communications, Real Estate and Travel at Teledyne. “Especially during these unprecedented and difficult times in most industries, improving and developing my skill set has provided me with tools that have helped me become a more valuable asset to my employer. Joining the cohort program was an enriching experience all around and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering Cal Lutheran for an advanced degree.”

To learn more about fall 2020 plans or for COVID-19 updates, visit CalLutheran.edu/management.

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