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. Application
A completed application and nonrefundable application fee

2. Transcripts
Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally, a grade point average of approximately 3.0 or higher 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:

  • Note: All applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at an institution outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Cal Lutheran reserves the right to request GMAT or GRE scores to assist in admission decisions, although they are not always required. If available, please send a copy of your score(s) with your application. All international students applying to the MSIT program must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. A minimum score of 88 on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS is expected.

3. Two letters of recommendation

4. Personal statement 

5.  Graduate Program Advisement with an Admission Counselor 

6. Test scores
Applicants whose undergraduate records do not satisfy the criteria set forth below must include Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in their admission portfolio.

The GMAT 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:

  • An undergraduate, upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
  • 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; or
  • A previously earned master's degree.                                                        

Prospective international students: please see international application procedures.

Foundation courses may be needed for those who do not meet prerequisite requirements into the program. Such foundation courses do not count towards the degree.