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Under a unique collaboration with the International Business School of Austria (IBSA) in Graz, Austria, California Lutheran University's School of Management offers its ACBSP-accredited Executive MBA program to students from Central and Eastern Europe. The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals with busy schedules who want to enjoy a first-class US business education while keeping up with the demands of their careers.

Students in the program take a combination of online and weekend compressed courses, all instructed by our top faculty members. At the end of the program, students participate in a two-week immersion program in California, during which they finish some coursework, visit companies, have discussions with top US-Executives, and participate in social activities. In the past, we have visited companies such as Amgen, Cheesecake Factory, DW Drum Workshop, Jafra Cosmetics, Limoneira, and Trader Joe’s, to name only a few. At the end of the two-week program, students participate in our annual graduation banquet and graduate at California Lutheran University’s Graduate Commencement.

To date, students in the program have come from a variety of countries including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Russia. Many of them have worked for some of the largest domestic and international corporations in Austria including Austria Microsystems, AVL, Baxter, BMW, Dun & Bradstreet, Flextronics, IBM, Infineon, Magna Steyr, Novartis, OeBB, PwC, RHI, Roche, Sappi, Siemens, Voest Alpine, and others.

(Domestic) MBA students studying primarily in the United States, can take select (weekend compressed) courses in Austria on an individual basis.

Program Units
Average Duration
15     months

Combination of online and on location format in Vienna, Graz, and Linz, Austria

Course Availability

Cohort program including weekend compressed courses in Austria and online classes 

  • Vienna, Graz, and Linz, Austria;
  • 2-week immersion experience in California
2020-21 Cost

Upon Request


Top tier faculty

All courses are instructed by full-time, part-time, or visiting faculty members.

The School of Management at Cal Lutheran is home to a distinguished international faculty who are broadly experienced in a wide array of global private- and public-sector professional environments.

The faculty maintain close and practical contact with business, industry, and government.


The program had everything I would expect from a high-quality MBA program: international setting, instructors with business experience, and a broad mix of courses.”

Mag. Silke Ressenig-Schaller, MBA, CEO Centrex Europe Energy & Gas AG

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Cal Lutheran’s MBA program helped me to transition from engineering into management. The combination of weekend compressed and online courses was a perfect fit with my busy career, and the study trip to California simply was an unforgettable experience. I now feel fully prepared to take my career to a global level.

Patrick Gogeissl '14
Lean Manufacturing Manager, Magna Heavy Stamping Group