4+1 Graduate Programs

Start Your Master’s Degree as an Undergraduate

Are you thinking about a master’s degree in business, public policy, or technology? Save time and up to $6,000 by applying for a 4+1 program before starting your senior year at Cal Lutheran!

How It Works


Take up to three graduate courses during your senior year

Admission is based on having senior status at Cal Lutheran and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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Complete your undergraduate degree requirements

Earn your B.A. or B.S. and walk the stage at Commencement


Continue your graduate program courses as a full-time student

Complete your degree in as little as one additional year—and save up to $6,000!

Choose Your Program
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

15 courses
An MBA puts you in control of your career path by giving you a grounding in core business skills. Choose from six emphasis areas to focus on your area of interest. Attend classes on-campus, online, or both. 

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MBA or M.S. in Financial Planning

15 courses (MBA), 12 courses (MS)
These programs are among the country's most intensive and comprehensive master-level programs for financial planning. Attend classes fully online.

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M.S. in Information Technology (MSIT)

12 courses
Our program balances both business and technology elements, preparing you to work and lead within the IT field. Choose a track in Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, or IT Management.

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Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)

13 courses
Meet and exceed the evolving demands of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with your MPPA. You'll blend practice and theory in a highly respected, practical, and flexible program of study. 

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M.S. in Quantitative Economics

12 Courses
In our M.S. in Quantitative Economics program, you’ll be exposed to more econometrics, financial economics and theory than most master’s programs, and be a practicing economist in one year.

Learn about the MSQE


Contact Us to Learn More

If you're interested in a 4+1 program, let us put together a personalized plan for you. Fill out this form to hear from our Graduate Admission office.

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What Students Have to Say

Amara Gwyn

I would tell someone interested in the 4+1 program to do it. It is scary and hard, but it creates an opportunity to make yourself different than others. Also, now as everyone in my class is graduating a lot of people have told me they wish they had known about this program because they would have done it.

Amara Gwyn '16, MBA '19
4+1 Student, MBA
Alexander Cervelli

The 4+1 program is very flexible and since I was able to take graduate level classes as an undergraduate student, it sped up the timeframe of obtaining my MBA. The class options the MBA program offers, including weekend and online courses, made it easier to progress in the program even when work became more demanding.

Alexander Cervelli '19, MBA '20
4+1 Student, MBA