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Pacific Lutheran University School of Business Full Time MBA



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Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Entrepreneurship, Health Care Administration and Management, Technology
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 50% accepted out of 44 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 33
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.33
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 470
  • Average Years Work Experience: 9
  • Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

At PLU, applicants are "evaluated individually based on a presentation of factors indicating equivalence to admission standards, a promise of success in graduate school, qualities of good character, and potential contributions to the educational mission of the graduate program and university." Applicants must provide the school with the following m...At PLU, applicants are "evaluated individually based on a presentation of factors indicating equivalence to admission standards, a promise of success in graduate school, qualities of good character, and potential contributions to the educational mission of the graduate program and university." Applicants must provide the school with the following materials: official transcripts covering all undergraduate and graduate work; an official GMAT or GRE score report; a current resume; a completed application form; two letters of recommendation; and a 300-word statement of personal goals. Candidates whose native language is other than English must also submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report. International transcripts must be submitted to the Educational Perspectives transcript translation agency for evaluation. All international applicants are required to submit an I-20 as well as a Declaration of Finances.

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Important Dates

Round 1





School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 67
Percent International Students 19%
Total Full-Time Faculty 12
Full-Time Faculty 99%

Student Life

A “new business building” and a “beautiful campus” are among the top amenities of the PLU MBA experience. The building boasts “state-of-the-art facilities [that] cater to the unique [challenges] of working students,” including “Wi-Fi available throughout the entire building.” Opportunities to connect with classmates are limited as a result of the part-time nature of the program and the busy schedules most students maintain. However, students have the opportunity to connect at monthly networking events for stu­dents and alumni as well as frequently interact though, “classroom-related team project activities” that one student describes as “exciting and promising, as well as offering dis­tinct challenges.” Despite the fact that many students' schedules prevent them from spending a lot of time on campus, a “very collegial atmosphere” still manages to pervade the program. Students in the PLU MBA program bring “very diverse backgrounds and professional experiences” to the classroom. A great many are “hardworking, family-oriented profes­sionals with a lot going on in their lives,” ranging “from stay-at-home moms and dads to army surgeons and city managers.” One student reports that “when working togeth­er, I felt in all cases that we were peers, that never did one person's experience make them better than another, that everyone was able to contribute.”


The Career Development Office at PLU provides placement and counseling services for all undergraduates, graduate students and alumni. The office assists students with internship and career placement. The PLU Business Network is an alumni group who schedules networking events to help alumni and current BBA and MBA students con­nect. A significant networking opportunity open to PLU MBAs is the State Farm MBA Executive Leadership Series, a series of addresses delivered by area executives. Recent speakers have included the President and CEO of Esterline, President and COO of Miligard Windows, and the CFO of 5.11 Tactical. But a “strong alumni network” is prob­ably PLU's greatest placement service. Students note the “sustained good reputation of [PLU] graduates,” and benefit from “having a larger number of them in key companies and industries, serving in positions of great importance and responsibility.”Employers who most frequently hire Pacific Lutheran MBAs include Boeing, Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser, State Farm Insurance, Intel, and Starbucks.

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The Pacific Lutheran University MBA Program is founded on the cornerstones of leadership, creative innovation, global awareness and ethical responsibility.No other program in the Puget Sound region offers you a transformative learning experience with a global emphasis and 10-day international experience. You will emerge with a sharpened ability for strategic analysis, strengths in leading change, and a pre-disposition for action.The PLU School of Business has been accredited by AACSB International since 1971 and enjoys a strong reputation. You will learn from peers who represent diverse industries and academic backgrounds. Whether you come with a bachelor's degree in business, the sciences, or some other field, your experiences and perspectives will add valuable insight to the classroom.PLU MBA students come to campus two evenings per week. You will begin the program by taking the MBA core, a set of strategically developed courses built around global awareness, innovation and ethical responsibility. You can choose elective courses to fulfill a program emphasis area, or pursue a general MBA. The PLU MBA Program is designed to be completed in five terms (20-22 months), but you may take longer. You can start your MBA in Fall, Spring, or Summer term and set your own pace.Emphasis areas:Technology & Innovation ManagementThe pace at which new product and process technology is generated throughout the world continues to grow exponentially. This emphasis meets the critical need of managers to understand rapid innovation, constant competitive pressures and shorter product life cycles.Health Care ManagementHealth care is a $1.9 trillion industry in the US. This emphasis area is for those seeking to advance in leadership positions across the health care spectrum – including hospitals, pharmaceuticals, assisted care facilities, provider networks, managed health, and insurance. Entrepreneurship & Closely Held Business Although closely held business and entrepreneurial firms face many of the same challenges as large corporations, leaders must contend with unique dynamics and issues, such as planning for family succession or securing venture capital. The PLU MBA program is unique among regional choices in the Pacific Northwest with faculty that have not only been rigorously trained at excellent universities, but also have substantial international, corporate executive, law, investment banking, and entrepreneurial experience. Faculty with industry experience: 84%Faculty with international experience: 95%The PLU MBA Executive Leadership Series is a professional and educational development program that features local and national executives, entrepreneurs and renowned authors. In a small, intimate setting, industry leaders share the wisdom they have acquired along their career path, as well as detail the trends and issues emerging in their fields. The PLU MBA is connected to the business community in the Puget Sound area – and beyond - through fellow alumni and members of the Executive Advisory Board

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Students Say

Offering a “globally-focused program” that's “well-known in the area,” the School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University satisfies South Puget Sound area locals, who appreciate “the convenience offered to working professionals” here. With “small class sizes” facilitating plenty of “one-on-one interactions,” the PLU MBA program employs a “customer service approach” that keeps students happy. This part-time program, “designed for working professionals,” can be completed in less than two years.Standout features of the PLU MBA include an emphasis in technology and innovation management, mentioned by several students as the main draw to the school; PLU also offers areas of emphasis in entrepreneurship and closely-held enterprises, as well as in health care management. A general MBA without concentration is also available. All stu­dents must complete a “ten-day international trip requirement,” which grateful MBAs note is “included in the cost of tuition.” Recent destinations include France, Spain, China, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and Peru. Students describe the experience as “amazing” and cite it as a major asset to the program. Most agree, however, that the faculty and program administrators are PLU's primary selling points. The “excellent professors” at the School of Business are “experienced, flex­ible, always available, and professional.” They go out of their way to utilize their stu­dents' professional experiences in class. As one student explains, “Professors try very hard to learn about each student and cater lessons/lectures to our professional back­grounds.” Small classes mean lots of student participation. “As a student you are chal­lenged to learn, and you are a part of the class. It's expected that the students are active in the classes,” one MBA warns. The administration of PLU's MBA program “is handled almost exclusively by the program administrator/director,” a great arrangement for stu­dents, who report that administrative services in their program are among the best on campus.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    E-commerce & Technology Management Center with faculty interactions see

  • International Student Support Groups:

    PLU has a department dedicated to assisting our international students.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

  • Minority Support Groups:

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    The MBA Program provides tutors for the quantitatively intensives courses in the program. These tutors are available two evening per week during the semester the course is offered.

  • Research Facilities:

    E-commerce & Technology Management Center with faculty interactions see

  • Study Abroad:

    The PLU MBA program requires a 10-day international experience. Countries and programs vary from year to year. We have official agreements for exchange with Sun Yat-Sen University in China and Reims University in France.

  • Women Support Groups:

    The university offers support to women at the Women's Center.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Pacific Lutheran University School of Business include:

Joyce Barr - Former U.S. ambassador to Namibia

Dr. William Foege - former Director, Center for Disease Control

Sandra Cochran - President & COO, Cracker Barrel

Morten Nordstad - CEO, Pharmaq

Brad Tilden - CEO Alaskan Air Group

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