How to Apply

Applications are considered year-round. Admitted students may start the program at the beginning of any term.


Priority Application Deadlines
Fall Term (Aug-Nov)

July 15

Winter Term (Nov-Feb)

October 1

Spring Term (Feb-May) January 15
Summer Term (May-Aug) April 15

Admission decisions for regular graduate standing are based on a review of the following materials in the candidate's file:

  1. A completed application and application fee (non-refundable).
  2. Graduate Program Advisement with a graduate admission counselor.
  3. Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally a grade point average of approximately 3.0 in upper division undergraduate work is expected.  Official transcripts must be ordered and sent directly to Cal Lutheran via certified e-transcript or mail. We recommend e-transcript if available at your institution.


           By email:                                                                           By mail:

           If a selection list is available please choose:             California Lutheran University
           California Lutheran University                                      60 West Olsen Road, #2200
           or use the following email address                             Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2700
           for direct entry:

  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. A personal statement
  6. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:
    1. An undergraduate, upper-division grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    2. A combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the most recent 60 credits of study consisting of any of the following: graduate course work, upper division post baccalaureate course work (exclusive of extension or continuing education work), and upper division undergraduate course work
    3. A minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed with a 3.50 grade point average
    4. A previously earned master's degree Note: All applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at an institution outside of the U.S. must submit GRE or GMAT scores and have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

Prospective international students: please see international application procedures.