Under a unique collaboration with the International Business School of Austria (IBSA) in Graz, Austria, California Lutheran University's School of Management offers a blended version of its MBA program to students from Central and Eastern Europe. The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals with busy schedules who want to enjoy a first-class US business education while keeping up with the demands of their careers.

The CLU School of Management, as part of California Lutheran University, is fully-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the designated accrediting agency for its region (there is no national accrediting agency in the U.S. – all accreditation is done regionally). There are over 30 ranking organizations in the U.S., and CLU is ranked prominently in all of them. Among the most recognized are the publication US News & World Report which ranks CLU 18th of masters-granting universities in the Western United States, and Top MBA's ranking of MBA programs North America in which CLU's MBA program ranks 66th.

CLU's MBA program in Austria follows a unique format that blends classroom learning with online education and a field trip:

  • Seven online courses using CLU's award winning e-Learning platform. In all online courses, Austrian students will share classes with US and, sometimes, other international students.
  • Six courses in Graz Austria, delivered in a compressed weekend format, instructed by CLU full-time or adjunct professors.
  • Two courses, taught by US professors and sometimes shared by other international students, during an intensive 2-week summer program in Thousand Oaks, California (USA). The 2-week summer program includes extra-curricular events such as guest speakers, site visits and field trips.

The entire program can be completed in 18 months.


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