California Lutheran University Online MBA


  • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Access to nationally-recognized faculty with degrees and industry certifications
  • Online MBA in Financial Planning degree is considered to be among the country’s most intensive and comprehensive master-level programs for financial planning.
  • USDLA-award-winning online classes
  • The ability to take fully online classes
  • Duration: 12-24 months
  • Avg. GMAT score: 400
  • Avg. Undergrad GPA: 3.7


  • Courses satisfy the initial education requirements necessary to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.
  • Multiple program entry points within the Academic Year.
  • Online courses are offered year-round in five, 8-week terms.
  • Online MBA in Financial Planning degree requires students to successfully complete a program comprised of 15, three-credit hour courses (totaling 45 credits).
  • Students and faculty meet in live virtual learning environments designed for collaboration with audio, video, application sharing, and group break-out rooms.
  • Classes are capped at 20 students.
  • Students may petition to transfer up to six semester credits of graduate coursework taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities to the financial planning program at California Lutheran University.
  • Students may also be eligible to transfer up to nine credits for previously earned master’s degrees.

U.S News Report and Ranking

  • Ranked by US News and World Report among the top 20 schools in the Western United States.
  • Listed as one of the Top Schools in Financial Planning Magazine.
  • Ranked Number 10 in Regional Universities West.

Career Leverage

  • Networked to leading financial service firms
  • Experience personal and professional growth in completing 7 financial planning and 8 business courses
  • Expand business and retain existing clients by offering more solutions to more client problems
  • Alumni network that continues beyond graduation
  • Lifelong access to career services

Admission Requirements

  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college.
  • A completed online application and non-refundable application fee
  • Interview with an admission counselor
  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent international course work

Tuition and Fees

Tuition$38,475 base cost for MBA
$855 per credit (MBA program)
Technology Fee$55 per term
$275 maximum per academic year
Application Fee$25 online
$50 paper
Audit FeeOne half the tuition listed
Late Registration Fee$50for registration
Late Transaction Fee$50for employer reimbursement
Graduate and Professionals Student Council Activity Fee$10
Transcript Fee$5.00 minimum