People who want to give themselves an edge in the business world have a variety of programs to choose from at California Lutheran University.
The Executive MBA, launched in 2016, is an accelerated weekend-based program designed for busy managers and leaders of corporate and nonprofit organizations who want to enhance their ability to drive globally sustainable business transformations. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, experience-driven, and organized around five key areas: Leading Operations, Managing Processes, Creating and Leading Business Strategy, Developing People/ Talent, as well as Professional Advancement. Classes are offered online and over weekends on the main campus in Thousand Oaks. The program can be completed in 18 months in a cohort of peers from different organizations across a variety of industries.
The University also offers a traditional MBA for students who require additional scheduling flexibility or those with limited work experience. With evening and weekend classes offered online, in Thousand Oaks as well as at the centers in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village and Oxnard, programs offer opportunities for students to create their own schedules and pursue goals that work best for them. Students can pursue a general MBA or follow specialization tracks in corporate finance, human capital management, international business, information technology management, marketing and entrepreneurship.
Launched in August 2017, the one-year Master of Science in Management (MSM) provides a way for those who earned bachelor’s degrees in non-business areas to gain fundamental business skills to advance their careers and enter the world of management.
Graduate programs in Cal Lutheran’s School of Management frequently offer executive-level tours to countries such as China, France, Austria, or the United Kingdom. The University’s renowned Center for Entrepreneurship provides service and programming, including the Hub101 incubator, Start-Up Weekends, and the ongoing Entrepreneur Speaker Series, to students and community members. The School also houses the Wall Street Journal-recognized Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) as well as the Center for Economics of Social Issues (CESI). In addition, the School of Management offers 10 certificates in topics ranging from Supply Chain Management to Financial Planning and Data Analytics.
Students in the School of Management benefit from small class sizes and opportunities to work closely with faculty, engage in experiential learning, and connect with other professionals from among their peers or our high-level advisory councils and industry partners. Graduates of the Cal Lutheran MBA program work with some of the leading employers in the region.
Name of Institution
California Lutheran University
Name of Business School or Program
School of Management
Business School Dean
Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler
Year Institution was Founded
Year Business School or Program was Started
Total MBA Enrollment (All Platforms offered)
MBA Platforms Offered
Full Time MBA
Part Time MBA
Executive MBA (cohort)
Weekend, Evening and Online Courses
MBA Areas of Emphasis Offered
• Executive MBA
• Financial Planning (online only)
• General Management
• Human Capital Management
• Information Technology
• International Business
Post Graduate Certificates:
Financial Planning, Human Capital Management, Information Technology, International Business, Marketing,
Supply Chain Management
Length of Programs
MBA – varies between 12 to 24 months
Executive MBA – 18 month cohort
Program Campus Options
Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks,
WASC and Candidate for ACBSP
College Choice Top 10 – 2018
Online MBA Top Colleges – 2018
Best Colleges.com – 2018
LA Business Journal (#5) – 2018
Other awards for Finance,
Human Capital Management
Total Cost of MBA
EMBA – $53,040 (includes books and fees)
MBA – $38,475
GMAT (waiver available)
TOEFL or IELTS for International applicants
Upcoming Information Sessions
Online and on campus information
sessions are offered quarterly.
For upcoming information sessions and events, visit callutheran.edu/info.
Priority Application Deadlines
Summer: April 15
Fall: July 15
Winter: October 1
Spring: January 15
Executive MBA: August 1
Program Contact Information
Dr. Vlad Vaiman
Associate Dean and Acting Director
For more information, go to CalLutheran.edu/mba.
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