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MBA Program Information

The MBA program strives to provide a stimulating, intellectually rigorous, ethically sensitive and personally fulfilling program of learning. The course work is relevant to the professional and lifelong learning needs of professionals and managers in business, education, government, religious and service organizations. The program is designed to develop competencies and skills for innovative and responsible leadership. Professional Tracks in the program include Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Planning, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management and Organizational Behavior, Marketing, and Nonprofit and Social Enterprise. A general MBA is also an option.  


All MBA students will be involved with the common body of knowledge characteristic of all elements of leadership including the following:

  1. the ability to solve problems, based on a knowledge of tools, concepts, and theories of each of the functional business disciplines;
  2. the ability to transcend functional boundaries, synthesizing and integrating information to make complex, short-term decisions with limited information, as well as conduct the research, competitive analysis, and environmental scanning necessary for long-term strategic decisions;
  3. the ability to apply specialized skills to managerial problems inherent in a rapidly changing global environment;
  4. the ability to effectively harness and use information technology;
  5. effective written, oral and presentation skills;
  6. The interpersonal and team leadership skills needed to build an organizational environment that is effective and conducive to collaboration;
  7. a sense of professional and social responsibility in the conduct of managerial affairs. 



On-campus Master of Business Administration courses are offered year round in four 11-week terms: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Classes are scheduled in the evening once a week to accommodate adult learners who are employed full-time and pursuing course work on a part-time basis. Occasionally, a class will be scheduled on Saturday mornings or there are sometimes compressed courses offered. Those who choose to do so may complete their program in two years by taking two courses per term. Those who wish to proceed at a slower pace may do so as long as they complete the program within seven years after their first registration.

On-line Master of Business Administration courses are offered year round in five 8-week terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4 and Term 5.  All students admitted to the Master of Business Administration program are eligible to register for on-line courses.

The most recent Academic Calendar is posted on the Registrar's Office webpage.



The MBA requires 45 semester credits of course work (36 required and 9 elective credits) which must be completed within a seven-year period. Pass/Fail grading is not permitted for any courses taken towards graduation credit in the MBA and Post-MBA Programs. Additional course work may be required for individuals whose academic records reflect the need for preparation in the areas of accounting, economics and/or statistics. The requirement for this preparation is determined during the interview with the admission counselor. These courses, which we call Business Foundations, are primarily designed for students who are admitted to the MBA program because of their good academic records but do not have a business background. Basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database applications is expected. 

Foundation Courses (requirement determined upon your admission to the program)

    • BUS 511                     Foundations of Accounting and Finance
    • BUS 512                     Foundations of Business Methods
    • BUS 513                     Foundations of Economics
    • BUS 514                     Foundations of Quantitative Methods 

Required Courses (36 Credits)

    • BUS 521                     Statistical Analysis for Managers
    • BUS 522                     Management Science
    • BUS 531                     Managerial Economics
    • BUS 551                     Managerial Accounting
    • BUS 565                     Organizational Theory and Development
    • BUS 567                     Behavioral Science for Management
    • BUS 568                     Business Ethics
    • BUS 573                     Law for Business Executives
    • BUS 575                     Marketing Theory
    • BUS 581                     Management Concepts for Information Technology
    • BUS 591                     Financial Principles and Policies *

Capstone Course

    • BUS 574                     Strategic Management (3)** 

* Prerequisites: BUS 521, BUS 531, BUS 551

** All required courses must be completed before enrolling in Strategic Management. 


Professional Tracks

The 11 required courses and final capstone course (36 credits) are the same for all professional tracks. The remaining nine credits may be selected from specified elective courses for each track. MBA students may work toward an MBA in a general track, which consists of nine credits of any MBA electives, or they may choose to earn an MBA with a specialization consisting of nine credits in one of seven professional tracks. All prerequisite core courses should be completed before enrolling in track electives. Each elective taken can be counted towards only one emphasis area.  The professional tracks are:

    • Econometrics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Information Technology Management
    • International Business
    • Macroeconomics
    • Management and Organizational Behavior
    • Marketing
    • Non-Profit and Social Enterprise


Students who wish to modify courses or program academic requirements may submit a Graduate Petition Form to the appropriate graduate office. All requests are reviewed by the appropriate program director and dean. Waiving a course does not grant credit. It simply means the student does not have to enroll in the course and may substitute an elective course, if necessary.


Independent Study

Independent study is research in an area not covered by course work listed in the CLU graduate catalog and is always listed with the appropriate department number as “Independent Study.” Approval of independent study must be obtained by completing the appropriate request form available from the Registrar’s Office. The form must be signed by the student, instructor and appropriate program director and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the last day to add a class. Standards and work requirements for independent study are the same as those for a course which is part of the regularly scheduled curriculum.  

Academic Limits

A student’s program is limited to a maximum combination of 12 credits of course waivers, transfer of credit, credit by examination, tutorial work and independent study.  Students have seven years to complete a master’s degree program after initial registration for courses. Under special circumstances, prior to the end of the seven-year period, students may petition for an extension of time. A student is considered to not have been continuously enrolled if she or he does not register for classes for one calendar year. Continuous enrollment or re-entry into a program requires normal progress toward a degree. Students who do not enroll continuously must meet with a university adviser prior to subsequent enrollments to determine if changes in the program have occurred. These students must also complete, with their adviser, a new program advisement form and admission application. Such students are subject to new program requirements and a review of course recency and transfer credit.



Grades and Grade Points

The cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted, based on CLU and transferable course work. The CLU grade point average (CLU GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted, based on CLU course work. CLU policy does not allow for rounding up decimals when computing the GPA. When the GPA is recorded, it is truncated at the third decimal.  Only courses with grades of “C” (2.0) or better will be counted toward the total number of credits required for the degree. Courses resulting in a grade of C- or below must be repeated. A “B” (3.0) average is required for continued enrollment in the graduate program and for receiving the master’s degree. Graduate grades and grade points are assigned according to the following grading scale:  

Grade Grade Points Per Attempted Credit Hour Earned
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0


C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0

The following grades are not used in computing the GPA:

IN              Incomplete - No grade points, no credit given

IP              In Progress – No grade points, no credit given

P               Passing - No grade points, credit given

NC            No Credit - No grade points and no credit given

W              Withdrawal - No grade points and no credit given

AU            Audit - No grade points and no credit given

NR            No Report - No grade points, no grade report submitted by faculty 

A grade of “IN” (Incomplete) may be assigned only in the case of a student who, for illness or other circumstances beyond his or her control, has missed a final examination or major piece of work. A student may not make up the Incomplete by repeating the course. Make-up work must be evaluated by the instructor who assigned the original grade of Incomplete. If not made up within one year’s time, an “IN” automatically becomes an “NC.” A student may petition in writing to extend an “IN” beyond one year if there are extenuating circumstances.

“IP” (In Progress) is given for theses, practica, internships and courses wherein the work has been evaluated and found to be satisfactory to date, but the assignment of a grade must await its completion. “IP” carries no credit until replaced by a permanent grade. The “IP” grade may be replaced by the appropriate final letter grade within one calendar year from the start of the class. “IP” grades which have not been resolved will be changed to “F” (undergraduate) or “NC” (graduate) at the time the student’s degree is posted.

Grade Reports and Transcripts

Grades for all courses, including those that may have ended prior to the last day of the semester, are processed at the semester’s closing date. Grades are available online through WebAdvisor available through your MyCLU portal. Grade reports will not automatically be mailed to students. Official transcripts of a student’s complete record may be requested in writing by the student from the Registrar’s Office. CLU reserves the right to withhold grade reports or transcripts if the student’s financial obligations to the University have not been met. 

Grade Challenges and Changes

The normal presumption in the administration of grades at California Lutheran University is that the instructor alone is qualified to evaluate the academic work of students in his or her courses and to assign grades to that work.

If a student believes that a grade was assigned in error, he or she should approach the instructor immediately. If the instructor believes that the grade was assigned in error, he or she will submit a grade change form identifying the reason for the change. Grade Changes must be submitted within on semester following the term in which the initial grade was earned.

If a student believes that a particular grade was assigned in a manner that was arbitrary or unjust or that crucial evidence was not taken into account, the student may file a grade challenge. The challenge must be presented in writing to the instructor by the end of the semester in which the disputed grade was given. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the student may present a written appeal to the department chair or program director who is the instructor’s immediate supervisor. If the conflict cannot be resolved at the departmental level, then the student may appeal in writing to the appropriate dean, who will follow the process described in the Faculty Handbook.

Repeated Courses Students may repeat a course, unless otherwise specified, regardless of the grade received. Grades of C- or lower, however, cannot be used to meet degree program requirements and must be repeated. Grades for the initial attempt and all subsequent repeats remain on the student’s academic record and are factored into the GPA. Credit for the course will be given only once and all repeated courses must be completed at CLU.



A minimum 3.0 CLU GPA and cumulative GPA are required of all students enrolled in a graduate program or enrolled in the teacher preparation program. Students whose CLU or cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are required to meet with their Program Director before the next term.  They have two terms to bring their CLU GPA and cumulative GPA up to 3.0. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 CLU and cumulative GPA are subject to academic disqualification from the University.


Attending graduate classes should be stimulating, informative and sometimes even fun, but only when the environment is conducive to learning. While teachers have varying levels of tolerance for various classroom behaviors, basic classroom etiquette shows courtesy and respect toward your classmates and teachers alike.

 Do ... 

  • Arrive on time and return from any breaks on time
  • Be respectful of other individuals - their thoughts, ideas and opinions
  • Address your professor with a formal title, unless told otherwise
  • Turn off your cell phone ring; if you must answer the phone, leave the room
  • If food is allowed, eat quietly
  • Ask the instructor questions if you do not understand the material being covered
  • Dress appropriately; don't reveal too much skin
  • Visit the professor during office hours, if needed
  • Be attentive and respectful
  • Actively participate without dominating discussions
  • Be courteous and listen to what others have to say
  • Respond to conflicting ideas and perspectives in a respectful manner
  • Speak so that all members of the group can understand what you are saying
  • Have FUN!


Don't ...

  • Text-message friends, answer the phone or surf the Web
  • Crunch food loudly or crinkle wrappers
  • Argue with the professor
  • Carry on side conversations during class (even if it relates to the class topic)
  • Leave class early without clearing it in advance
  • Send professor e-mails that are written too casually or lack punctuation
  • Make offensive comments or gestures or use offensive language
  • Bring children and/or pets (service animals excepted) to class


*The above lists are a compilation of recommended classroom DOs and DON’Ts.  These lists in no way constitute a complete listing.  Additional rules and regulations may be determined in class by the professor.

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