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Every Program Prepares You for Success – Here is One that Prepares You for Immediate Impact

Level Up

Designed for professionals with five or more years of experience, the Executive MBA from California Lutheran University prepares its students for immediate impact. The program provides students with the business acumen and leadership skills needed to be successful at the next level of a career. 

“The idea is to focus experienced professionals on attaining their peak potential,” explained School of Management dean, Gerhard Apfelthaler. “While the EMBA degree will help graduates long-term, we often see first-year students realize short-term gains because of the value employers immediately see.” 

It’s time to Level Up. Join a cohort of peers who become a network of friends who push and propel your career.

Doable Program; Personal Support

School of Management leadership understands that individuals considering part-time MBA programs are busy balancing their personal and professional lives. Each term, staff will obtain class materials and deliver them to students. School of Management staff are also on-call to support any other needs raised by their students. 

“By removing administrative distractions, our goal is to make your EMBA experience as smooth as possible,” said Kyle McIntosh, EMBA Program Director. “We believe our support model is a significant factor in the high completion rate we have seen for our first eight cohorts.”  

Program Format

Each Fall, School of Management welcomes a cohort of students who will complete their EMBA program in 18 months. The program features 16 courses (3 credits each) delivered in a hybrid model: seven online courses, eight on-campus courses, and one international travel capstone course. On-campus courses are offered in a compressed weekend format. 

The School of Management’s full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes its effectiveness in teaching, advising and providing other resources for students. 

Top-notch Faculty

School of Management faculty are comprised of a powerful mix of academically-qualified professors along with individuals with deep industry experience. EMBA courses are taught by professors who are globally recognized scholars in fields such as human capital management and economics. Students will also gain exposure to professors in finance, marketing and strategy with executive experience with companies such as Amgen, Patagonia and Toyota. 

Given that EMBA class sizes are typically no more than 20 students, students build strong relationships with all of their professors. 


School of Management’s interdisciplinary, experience-driven curriculum is organized around five key areas: 

• Leading Operations

• Managing Process

• Leading Strategy

• Leading People

• Professional Advancement

At the end of an EMBA program, students complete an international travel capstone course during which they meet leaders of industry and government officials from another country. Recent cohorts have traveled to Japan, Austria and Ireland.

Key Benefits 

The Executive MBA program prepares professionals for top leadership positions in public or private organizations and new ventures by providing opportunities to: 

• Develop an excellent portfolio of business knowledge and competencies; 

• Gain strategic leadership expertise to influence the direction of organizations; 

• Work on issues faced in your professional environment as part of your coursework, making your studies immediately relevant and impactful; 

• Learn exclusively within a cohort of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds; and 

• Build a network of colleagues, including Cal Lutheran alumni, faculty members, and business leaders. 

“Enrolling in Cal Lutheran’s Executive MBA Program was the best investment I could have made for my professional career,” said Kathy White (Class of  ’19), associate VP of corporate communications, real estate and travel at Teledyne.  “Especially during these unprecedented and difficult times in most industries, improving and developing my skill set has provided me with tools that have helped me become a more valuable asset to my employer. Joining the cohort program was an enriching experience all around and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering Cal Lutheran for an advanced degree.” 

“I was extremely fortunate to have an incredibly supportive, caring and interesting cohort,” said Marin Kakachev (Class of ’20), commercial banking executive and current MBA adjunct professor at CLU. “Many of my fellow cohort members have gone on to secure promotions or make major changes in their careers during and immediately following our EMBA program experience. Staying connected with them and learning how they secured the next step of their careers has been an invaluable learning tool for my own career development. That is the power of networking—it helps yourself and others grow and learn together.”

On Thursday, April 20th, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, the school will host an open house to give visitors an opportunity to learn more about what Cal Lutheran’s School of Management has to offer. There will be opportunities to meet faculty and staff, current students, and alumni who can share first-hand about the value of the School of Management’s programs.

Learn more at CalLutheran.edu/emba.

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