California Lutheran University

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About California Lutheran University

Founded in 1959, CLU is part of a 500-year-old tradition of Lutheran higher education — a tradition that expects you to ask the big questions — and find your own answers. Encouraging critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason, CLU is dedicated to excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our intimate size and beautiful location create the perfect setting for lively debate, and a learning environment that values the individual.

As a university, our primary mission is expanding and deepening the mind in its pursuit of truth. As a Lutheran university, we believe this mission is best accomplished within a diverse community and in ways that nurture all the dimensions of a student's life — spiritual, physical, and emotional as well as intellectual.

Distance Learning at CLU

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We take seriously your decision to invest in your professional future. A business degree from CLU produces invaluable, lifelong returns. Experience our rigorous academic programs that balance the analytical insight of theory with real world application.

CLU's reputable online MBA program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of working professionals while not compromising academic quality. Convenient and flexible in its scheduling, the program's Web-based environment allows you to balance your busy lifestyle while advancing your career.

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CLU's online MBA degree program suits the needs of full-time professionals, offering flexibility and convenience. It is designed for adult students pursuing upper-level positions as managers within larger organizations or owners of small to mid-sized firms. CLU's online MBA program places significant emphasis on decision-making and leads organizations from a base fiscal data and analysis.

Frequently Asked Questions About CLU's Online MBA Program

How long does it take from start to finish?

The accelerated format of the program allows a student to complete the entire 45-credit program in less than two years if desired.

How are MBA courses structured?

Online and classroom-based courses are organized and presented in much the same way. Lectures, readings and class assignments are issued or posted at regular intervals throughout the course. Assignments and exams are time sensitive in that they are due on a specific date. Online students simply submit work electronically on the date that it is due.

How do online MBA courses work?

The communication capabilities are at the heart of the online MBA program and become seamless as you progress through the course. Work for the online classroom is completed and submitted online. You'll submit written work as an e-mail attachment, typically using MS Word or MS Excel programs. There is no on-campus requirement, nor is everyone expected to be online at the same time. As with traditional classes, you are expected to read textbook material or additional reading material prior to an established due date specified in the course syllabus. Usually, there are a number of discussion questions or problems due with each assignment that require you to answer and/or participate in class discussion. For example, your professor may ask you to express your views about the ethical aspects of a public policy. The professor expects each student to contribute their ideas in the conference room by the due date and, where appropriate, to discuss alternative viewpoints with their classmates.

What is the tuition for the MBA program?

The tuition for a three-credit graduate course for the 2009-10 academic year is $1,935 (or $645 per credit). Many employers offer tuition reimbursement for graduate study, and students are encouraged to check with their employer's benefits department. Tuition can be paid by cash, check or credit card.

What types of financial aid are available?

Need-based financial assistance is available for matriculated students in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. To apply, simply complete the FAFSA as well as CLU's Financial Aid application. Veteran's benefits may also be available.

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