Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University (CLU or Cal Lutheran) is one of the best universities in the West, ranked in the top tier of Western Regional Universities in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings.

CLU offers a wide range of educational programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and School of Education. Master’s degree programs are offered in education, computer science, business administration, public policy and administration, and psychology. Doctoral programs in educational leadership is offered through the School of Education.

It offers the MBA degree programs with the following specializations:
- Marketing
- Management and Organizational Behavior
- Entrepreneurship
- Finance
- Information Technology
- International Business
- Financial Planning (Available Online)

The Online MBA degree in Financial Planning requires students to attend a program comprised of 16 courses: 8 MBA general courses, followed by 8 MBA financial planning courses, including a capstone course. The Financial Planning program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (the CFP Board). The accelerated format allows candidates to complete the program in one and a half years or less.
The CLU School of Business is a member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Accreditations and Rankings:

- Ranked 16th on the 2009 U.S. News & World Report list of top schools in the West offering quality bachelor's and master's degrees. It was placed among the top 20 Western Regional Universities for 14 years, moving up from 20th in 2008.

- Ranked 17th on the U.S. News & World Report list of top schools in the West (from Texas to the West Coast) offering quality bachelor’s and master’s degrees (U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges Guide 2007). It is also ranked highly with respect to freshman retention rates (81%) and the percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students (64%).

- Cal Lutheran is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

- The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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World University Ranking Tables

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Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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