MBA in Financial Planning

Online and on-campus

Open House

Join us for an open house reception to learn more about our programs and get answers to your individual questions in an informal setting. Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Fleming’s in Woodland Hills. This event is open to all prospective School of Management students.

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Our MBA in Financial Planning degree is considered to be among the country's most intensive and comprehensive master-level programs for financial planning. Choose one of two program tracks – for those who seek their CFP® and for those who already have it.

Our program is offered both on-campus and as a fully online MBA degree. Choose either format, or take courses both online and on campus.

Quick Facts
Program Units
48 (16 courses)
Average Duration
12-36 months
Fully online, on-campus, or mix with a full-time or part-time course load 
Course Availability
Year-round in four 11-week terms (on-campus) or five 8-week terms (online)
  • Online
  • Thousand Oaks
2017-18 Cost

$820 per credit

$39,360 base cost


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Choose Your Track

Track 1: 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: Already have your CFP? Track 2 replaces foundation-level financial planning courses with both advanced-level courses and interdisciplinary studies.

Certificate: 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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What Our Students Say

Hear from two of our students who are taking their careers to the next level. (2:04)

Lorri Craig - MBA in Financial Planning

If I had to choose the single biggest strength with this academic experience, it has been the availability and access to high quality instructors and their knowledge base.

Lorri Craig, CFP®

Our Reputation

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • 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 November issue of Financial Planning Magazine

More program highlights

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 two years, 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.

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Transfer Your Credit

Students may petition to transfer up to six semester credits of graduate coursework taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities to the financial planning program at California Lutheran University.

Students may also be eligible to transfer up to nine credits for previously earned master's degrees.

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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.