If you are an undergraduate at Cal Lutheran and you are considering a master’s degree in business administration, public policy and public administration or information technology, the 4+1 Option might be a good fit for you.

This program allows you to take graduate-level courses during your Cal Lutheran senior year at no additional cost, saving you time and money on your master’s degree.

How do I take courses as an undergrad?

  • Meet with an advisor to make your course selections.
  • Start taking relevant courses during the fall or spring semesters of your senior year — you can take up to three graduate-level courses as a senior.
  • If you continue attending the MBA, MPPA or MSIT program as a full-time student after completing your undergraduate degree, you can earn your master’s degree in just one year. That’s where the “4+1” comes in: four years for an undergraduate degree and one more for your master’s degree.

What are the costs?

During your senior year, the master’s courses will be included in your normal tuition as long as you take 12 undergraduate credits and do not exceed 18 total credits per semester. Once fully admitted to the MBA, MPPA or MSIT program, the regular tuition per credit goes into effect.

How do I get admitted to the 4+1 Option?

Admission is based on having senior status at Cal Lutheran and a minimum GPA of 3.0. However, you should apply for this option before you start your senior year. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 805-493-3325 or clugrad@callutheran.edu to learn how to apply.