"I have been in the Financial Services industry for 20 years. I received my CFP designation in 1994… I have long desired to attain my MBA. I am very interested in updating and furthering my knowledge of the various aspects of Wealth Management and Financial Planning. Attaining my degree here at Cal Lutheran will open opportunities."

Josette Rathbun

Admission Requirements

In order to eligible for our MBA or Certificate program, you must have a Bachelors degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution or equivalent international coursework.

For priority consideration, candidates seeking admission to the MBA in Financial Planning program should submit an application prior to the start of the term.

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Admission decisions for regular graduate standing are based on a review of the following materials in the candidate's file:

  1. A completed online application form, which includes a personal statement and non-refundable $25 (U.S.) application fee ($50 fee for paper applications)
  2. Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent international course work
  3. Two letters of professional recommendation
  4. For international students: an official copy of the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  5. Test scores. Applicants whose undergraduate records do not satisfy the criteria set forth below must include Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores in their admission portfolio. The GMAT may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:
    • An undergraduate, upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • A combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the most recent 60 credits of study consisting of any of the following: graduate course work, upper division post-baccalaureate course work (exclusive of extension or continuing education work) and upper division undergraduate course work
    • A minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed and a 3.5 grade point average
    • A previously earned master's degree (Note: U.S. applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at other than a regionally accredited U.S. institution must submit GMAT scores)
  6. Prospective international students: Please see international application procedures.

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