Annual Tuition: $38,475
Full-Time Enrollment: 315
At Cal Lutheran University School of Management, flexibility and experiential learning are top priorities. The private liberal arts university, located in Thousand Oaks, California, fosters a unique environment that embraces small class size, industry-diverse students, and experienced professors.
“Our MBA program is designed to be flexible for the convenience of full-time students and working professionals alike,” says Vlad Vaiman, associate dean and professor. “Whichever track our students choose, they will also find a variety of options — including non-traditional capstone courses — to fit their education into their busy lifestyle. We offer flexible class scheduling, including online, evenings, and weekend-intensive classes, flexible degree completion date, and class locations in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Westlake Village, and Woodland Hills.”
COURSES, CURRICULA & MORE
Cal Lutheran’s 45-credit hour MBA program offers students several professional tracks to choose from such as, Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Capital Management, Information Technology, Marketing, and International Business. On top of choosing courses relating to their chosen professional track, all MBA students at Cal Lutheran are expected to take eight core and two emphasis courses. Students must also take a capstone course. The six capstone options include an internship, executive roundtable, international travel and more.
A STRONG CAREER SUPPORT NETWORK
CLU students receive personalized mentoring throughout their time in the MBA program, from helping students discover themselves and connect with alumni in the industry, to helping design their elevator pitch, craft their resume and present their best selves in interviews and assessments.
On top of access to 30,000 Cal Lutheran alumni all over the world, the School of Management also has close tie-ins with corporations through its Advisory Council, made up of a group of business professionals who help provide insights into industry trends and development. Vaiman says that the school’s industry advising councils assist in innovating and improving the MBA program and its curriculum.
MBA students can also attend the Entrepreneur Speaker Series which bring inspiring stories and networking opportunities, the Leadership Essentials Forum where alumni also join in learning about changes in their area of leadership and management, and Molecules and Markets, an event which gives students valuable insight into the world of science-based startups.
For students who want to bring a great idea to life, the Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship is a space where they can find an equally passionate business partner, or join forces with other students or alumni with a complementary talent or skill. Recently, the Center for Entrepreneurship also helped set up Hub101, a coworking space for entrepreneurs to work on their ideas with the support of a community of like-minded business people. Located in Westlake Village, California, the space also hosts events to help members perfect a pitch, learn to navigate an industry, and improve their presentation and public speaking skills.
WHAT’S UPCOMING FOR CAL LUTHERAN
Cal Lutheran is looking to make some exciting changes in upcoming years. According to Vaiman, the school will be appointing a Director of Global Engagement and Diversity. Diversity and inclusion initiatives will also be underway during the upcoming school year.
The school is also planning to move. “We are also working towards a new home for the School of Management — the Steven D. Dorfman Center — that will help us to create and maintain a welcoming community that reflects the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of the School of Management,” said Vaiman. “This new building is planned to open in the next couple of years.”