Business Administration

Bachelor of Science

Don't just learn about business. Learn how to do business.

Business Administration covers the nuts and bolts of a business career and the skills required of successful executives: effective writing, strong presentation, critical thinking, and ethical leadership.

The Curriculum
Build up your core business knowledge

Your courses will combine a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences with an in-depth study of business-related disciplines. Before choosing an emphasis, you will complete a core managerial program that covers a range of business topics, such as Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. 

Choose your emphasis

After completing the core program, you will specialize in one of nine emphases. Focusing on your area of interest adds depth to your knowledge — and value to your degree. Emphasis options include:

  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Global Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management
Your ideal plan

Complete your degree on a track path that fits your timeline. Graduate in as little as 3 years or do the traditional 4 year plan—the path is yours to take.

Get firsthand experience

You’ll gain practical knowledge as part of your coursework through hands-on projects such as creating business plans, conducting market research, and implementing advertising campaigns. Expand your education by taking advantage of many extracurricular opportunities such as the New Venture Competition and the Entrepreneurship Club to network with other students who share your interests. Take your education across seas with a variety of short-term travel programs to learn about business in other parts of the world, including Europe and Asia.

Save time and money earning your MBA

Add further value to your degree by choosing the 4+1 Option, which gives you a head start on earning an MBA. With 4+1, you’ll be able to take graduate-level courses as part of your undergrad curriculum. After graduation, you’ll only need one additional year to complete your MBA at Cal Lutheran — saving you both time and money.

Programs

Offered as a major (BS) and a minor


Concentration Options
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Technology Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Small Business / Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management

Popular Minor Pairings


The Experience
Business Administration major photo of student or faculty

Working with students on their research projects helps them prepare for research work in the workplace, and distinguishes them from other candidates in the job market. For me, it provides insight into their experiences in the world of information systems, which often differs from my own—I use those insights often in my teaching.

Paul Witman
Associate Professor
Business Administration major photo of student or faculty

Some of the most influential classes I took in the Business Administration program were Event Planning and Management and Executive Roundtable. In the event planning course, we had to plan, design, and host live events in teams for our class. The Executive Roundtable course granted me the opportunity to network and learn directly from executive leaders in our community. These classes gave me hands-on experience and knowledge that I am able to use in my post-graduation career plans.

Shannon Martin '20
Your Future

As a graduate of our business administration program, you can target professional careers in corporate or nonprofit management, finance, international business, small business entrepreneurship, or marketing; or you may gain admission to law or other graduate and professional schools.

Our alumni study at:
  • California Lutheran University
  • California Western School of Law
  • San Diego State University
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Miami
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • New England School of Law
  • University of Southern California
Our alumni work for:
  • ABC Television Group
  • Amgen
  • Anthem Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Ernst & Young
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • J.D. Power and Associates
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Patagonia
  • PennyMac Loan Services, LLC
  • Sage Publications
  • Scorpion
  • Tesla
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • The Walt Disney Company
Career paths:
  • Accountant
  • Associate Account Executive
  • Audit Staff
  • Budget Analyst
  • Director of Brand Development
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Technical Recruiting
  • Entertainment Coordinator
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Logistics Administrator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Research Analyst

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

More Career Outcomes
Patty Teodorescu

Through the strong connections I made with professors at Cal Lutheran, I was given the unique opportunity to tour the campus of one of my dream employers. That opportunity, along with my studies, helped me land an internship there which led to a now full time, permanent position. My advice to current students is be proactive, persistent, and also patient. You never know what doors may open!

Patty Teodorescu ’17

Staff Accountant - International
Patagonia

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