MBA for Financial Planning Professionals

This MBA program is specifically designed for financial planners with an active CFP® license. With just eight courses you can earn your MBA degree and accelerate your career.

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School of Management Open House
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2024 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Quick Facts

Program Units
24 (8 courses)
Average Duration
10-12 months
Fully online with a full-time or part-time course load 
Course Availability
Year-round in five 8-week terms
  • Online
Program Costs


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School of Management Open House

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

We’re hosting an Open House reception to give you an opportunity to learn more about what Cal Lutheran's School of Management has to offer. You'll meet faculty and staff, current students, and alumni who can tell you first-hand about the value of our programs. We offer graduate degrees in a variety of professional fields that will prepare you for the next step in your career journey. Whatever your program of interest we’d love to meet! 

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Choose Your Track

Track 1

MBA + Eligibility for the CFP® Exam

Offers an MBA in Financial Planning and preparation for your CFP certificate. Recruiters and prospective employers recognize CFP certification as the most desired designation in this growing field.

Track 2

MBA with advanced courses

Already have your CFP? Track 2 replaces foundation-level financial planning courses with both advanced-level courses and interdisciplinary studies.

Certificate Option

Eligibility to sit for the CFP® Exam only

Eligibility to sit for the CFP® Exam only; designed exclusively for professionals who have a business-related professional degree or significant experience in the financial planning field.

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Our Reputation

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Ranked by US News and World Report among the top 20 schools in the Western United States.
  • USDLA-award-winning online classes
  • Listed as one of the Top Schools in Financial Planning Magazine

Online Courses

Online courses are offered year-round in five, 8-week terms. The accelerated format of the program allows a student to complete the program in less than one year, if desired.

Students and faculty meet in live virtual learning environments designed for collaboration with audio, video, application sharing, and group break-out rooms.

Classes are capped at 20 students.

Community Engagement

The School of Management hosts a series of popular events throughout the year where students can interact with business and community leaders.

Events include the Entrepreneur Speaker Series, PRiME Competition, New Venture Competition, ACG Cup, Drinks with the Dean, and more.

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If you are working to become a holistic wealth advisor, going through this program will set you apart from many others in the field because of the educational foundation that you will receive here.

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The CFP® Board is a nonprofit professional regulatory organization that requires education, ethics requirements, examination, and experience for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certificants. Along with completing the financial planning coursework and passing the CFP® Certification Examination, the CFP® Board also requires successful CFP® certificants to have financial planning-related work experience and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

The MBA and Certificate program in Financial Planning is registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) in Washington DC. Candidates who plan to sit for the CFP Certification Examination must successfully complete a CFP Board-Registered Program.

The MBA and Certificate program in Financial Planning is registered by the AFCPE® Registered Education Program in Westerville, OH. Candidates who plan to sit for the AFC® Certification Examination must successfully complete a AFCPE® Registered Education Program.