Business Administration

Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor

At Cal Lutheran, you don't just learn about business, you learn how to do business.

Students learn the "nuts and bolts" of a business career and the skills required of successful executives: effective writing, strong presentation skills, critical thinking, and ethical leadership.

You'll also benefit from our on-campus research institutes - the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, and the Center for Leadership and Values.

The Curriculum

The California Lutheran University School of Management provides a learning environment in which students can realize their full potential for professional preparation and personal growth.

One of the three degree options in the School of Management is a bachelor of science in business administration that combines a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences with an in-depth study of the business-related disciplines.

All business administration students complete a core managerial program comprised of courses in:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Students then choose a concentration in one of the following:

  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Technology Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Small Business / Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management

Cal Lutheran encourages students to work in the business world through internships, and the university environment provides an opportunity to experience the world of national and international business. Students benefit from CLU’s research and service-oriented centers including the Economic Research Center and the Center for Leadership and Values.

A degree in business administration allows a graduate to enter a variety of business careers including business ownership, banking, management, marketing, international trade and consulting.

The Cal Lutheran School of Management also offers graduate courses leading to the master of business administration.


Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor.

  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Technology Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management

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The Experience
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Working with students on their research projects helps them prepare for research work in the workplace, and distinguishes them from other candidates in the job market. For me, it provides insight into their experiences in the world of information systems, which often differs from my own – I use those insights often in my teaching.

Paul Witman
Associate Professor
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I have definitely found a lot of value in my Small Business/Entrepreneurship emphasis. I am currently working with one of my Entrepreneurship professors on an independent project, but I have also found this field of study to be useful in other aspects of my life. My knowledge of business and entrepreneurial thinking has complemented my music and ministry endeavors.

Jimmy Sweeden '15

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Your Future

As a graduate of our business administration program, you can target professional careers in corporate or nonprofit management, finance, international business, small business entrepreneurship, information technology management, or marketing; or you may gain admission to law or other graduate and professional schools.

Our alumni study at:

  • San Diego State University
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Miami
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • New England School of Law
  • University of Southern California
  • California Lutheran University


They work for:

  • ABC Television Group
  • Bank of America
  • Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Edward Jones
  • Guess Inc.
  • J.D. Power and Associates
  • Move, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman
  • PennyMac Loan Services, LLC
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Sage Publications
  • SmithGeiger
  • Wellpoint
  • Wells Fargo Financial

Career paths:

  • Associate Account Executive
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Professor
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Technical Recruiting
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Logistics Administrator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Production Coordinator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales Manager