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California Lutheran University: Preparing for Immediate Impact

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


School of Management leadership understands that individuals considering part-time MBA programs are busy balancing their personal and professional lives. Each term, the School of Management team obtains class materials and delivers them to students. School of Management staff are also on-call to support any other school-related needs requested by 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 nine cohorts.”


Each Fall, CLU 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 International Travel capstone is seen as a highlight of the program. “Our EMBA students recently returned from Ireland and they were unanimous in their praise of the trip,” commented McIntosh. “One student stated that the trip was worth the entire tuition he’d paid over the 18 months of the program.”


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. Given that EMBA class sizes are capped at 20, students build strong relationships with their professors. School of Management faculty are comprised of a powerful mix of academically-qualified professors and individuals with executive experience. EMBA courses are taught by globally recognized scholars in fields such as Human Capital Management and Economics. Students will also learn from professors with leadership experience at companies such as Amgen, Patagonia and Toyota.

“I was extremely fortunate to have an incredibly supportive, caring and interesting cohort,” said Marin Kakachev (class of ’20), commercial banking executive and 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.”

Learn more at callutheran.edu/management.

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