California Lutheran University

Introduction

WELCOME TO CAL LUTHERAN

Our dedicated and accomplished faculty works with small classes of undergraduate and graduate students who are open-minded — about ideas, about people, and about faith — and are seeking to grow as individuals while they pursue their passions and discover their purpose.

Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University is home to more than 2,892 undergraduate and 1,282 graduate students who come from more than 61 countries and represent a wide variety of faiths.

Our dedicated, accomplished faculty works with small classes of students who are open-minded—about ideas, about people, and about faith—and are seeking to grow as individuals.

Both in the classroom and outside of it, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose, and follow that purpose to transform their community—and the world.

The University

California Lutheran University is a selective, comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition, Cal Lutheran encourages critical inquiry into matters of faith and reason. Mentored by dedicated and accomplished faculty members, students pursue their passion and discover their purpose as they seek to grow as individuals. California Lutheran College was founded in 1959 on a ranch donated by Richard Pederson, the son of Norwegian immigrants. The college opened its doors to 330 students in September 1961 and held its first Commencement in May 1964.

Mission

The mission of the university is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.

Enrollment

  • Total: 4,174
  • Undergraduate: 2,892
  • Graduate: 1,282

Cal Lutheran students come from 38 states and 35 countries and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. The university maintains its residential emphasis with 53 percent of traditional undergraduate students living on campus. Average class size for all programs is 15.

Location

The 225-acre campus is located midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, just 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean nestled against the hills in Thousand Oaks. Off-site centers are located in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Oxnard and Santa Maria. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is located in Berkeley.

Affiliations and Accreditations

Cal Lutheran is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the university is authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer credentials. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. Cal Lutheran is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges. Its program in Financial Planning has been registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Cal Lutheran is one of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The university’s intercollegiate athletic programs compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III.

The Lutheran Education Experience

California Lutheran University embodies a vital and long-standing educational tradition.

As part of that 500-year-old Lutheran tradition, we believe that understanding our purpose as individuals will help us make our best possible contribution to the world.

We encourage students to follow their own passion to uncover their purpose. This prepares them for a life of success in which they always offer their very best to others—family, community, and the world.

This happens as part of a diverse, open-minded, and challenging academic environment.

All are welcome

No one here is an outsider.

This is one of the most deeply held values in the Lutheran tradition. And its importance is evident on campus—our students come from more than 56 countries and embody a wide variety of faiths.

At Cal Lutheran, your personal convictions and beliefs are honored and respected. We also provide you with opportunities to consider and discuss matters of faith and intellect in an open and friendly environment. This challenges and strengthens you with new intellectual and theological reflections.

Make your own decisions

We have created an environment where you'll take learning to a deeper level.

As a student, we will encourage you to ask hard questions. You will not be handed easy answers.

We want you to make your own decisions. To tackle the fundamental issues with courage. To choose for yourself whether the information you encounter meets the tests of knowledge and truth.

Through your inquiries, you will discover profound connections and meaning.

We will offer you structure with options, freedom with responsibility, and integrity with compassion. This kind of challenging academic environment enables you to grow as an independent, thoughtful, and compassionate individual.

Make your best possible contribution

The Cal Lutheran experience is about making real choices for your life.

It's about gaining confidence in your identity. It's about discovering purpose in your life and career.

The perspective you gain will allow you to lead a life filled with meaning far beyond the work you choose to do.

Academic Programs

Cal Lutheran offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Thirty-six undergraduate majors and 36 minors are offered in the traditional undergraduate program. The Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program offers degrees in eight majors. Graduate programs include doctorates in educational leadership, higher education leadership, clinical psychology and theology; and master’s degrees in education, psychology, business economics, information technology, public policy and administration, divinity and theological studies. Catalogs are available online.

Athletic Programs

Cal Lutheran’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the NCAA Division III. Men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Women’s teams compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Junior varsity teams compete in men’s and women’s basketball, men's and women’s soccer, baseball and women's volleyball.

Our Commitment to Diversity

California Lutheran University began in 1959 as a liberal arts college deeply rooted in the tradition of Lutheran higher education. Although the university has grown exponentially over the years, a key tenant of the Lutheran philosophy has steadfastly remained—to encourage varying opinions, to probe, to question and to seek truth.

This culture, based on the juxtaposition of faith and reason, is apparent not only in classrooms but also across the campus.

We firmly believe our culture is enhanced when individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences become part of the University family and bring their talents and views to the academy.

In the classroom and laboratory, we see that learning and research benefit when the University is diverse and when there is a range of questions and opinions. In the administrative offices, we have found that problem solving and planning abilities improve when different points of view are presented. In every sector, the University's diverse blend of students, staff and faculty is a tremendous resource that benefits all.

At Cal Lutheran, we are committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person's dignity. We strive to open our doors to students and employees from all walks of life and to assist them once they arrive. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college. Their insights add greatly to the overall educational experience.

Cal Lutheran is also a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) and we share its mission of improving access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students. Cal Lutheran has been designated a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education, signifying that Latinos make up at least 25% of full-time undergraduate students. Thirteen percent of U.S. colleges currently hold the designation, which makes them eligible for grants to support academic achievement for Latinos and all other students.

There is no doubt that the multiculturalism at Cal Lutheran greatly enhances the learning and working environment of the campus community. It not only reflects the changing world around us but also encourages dialog and differing points of view—the basis of Lutheran higher education. Most importantly, diversity inspires us to appreciate and achieve our mission to educate leaders for a global society.

We believe strongly in our mission, and we believe increasing diversity will help us to achieve it. Real diversity, however, can become reality only when each of us, on a daily basis, looks for ways to find strength in differences.

We call on everyone's help. As educator Adela Allen so aptly wrote: "We should acknowledge differences, we should greet differences, until difference makes no difference anymore."

Learn more about our Campus Diversity Initiative.

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Master of Science Information and Technology

Campus or Online Full time Part time 36 hours USA Thousand Oaks

Data, analytics and management of Information Technology are key skills in today’s marketplace. Our MSIT program provides students with a solid and forward-thinking technical foundation used to effectively plan, design, implement and manage IT systems. [+]

Overview Data, analytics and management of Information Technology are key skills in today’s marketplace. Our MSIT program provides students with a solid and forward-thinking technical foundation used to effectively plan, design, implement and manage IT systems. Quick Facts *Students can start the program in August, November, February or May of each year. MSIT prepares students to be strong technical leaders, ready to lead IT-enabled organizational change. The program is designed to be constantly relevant and practical for working professionals. Careers in Demand A Master’s in Information Systems is considered by Forbes Magazine to be “The Best Master’s Degree,” with a projected employment growth of 30 percent through 2020. The Occupational Outlook Handbook places various IT careers in five of the top 20 growth positions nationwide, and in seven of the top 10 positions in terms of job growth in Los Angeles County. "Earning this degree was holistic – it's helped me to have a broader perspective of IT management, business and the global industry. With the knowledge obtained, I believe I can offer valuable contributions to any company I work with." Barbara Guarnieri Program Highlights Information Technology (IT) is pervasive today and is at the core of almost any business organization. The Master of Science in Information Technology program (MSIT) is designed to provide students with a solid and forward-thinking technical foundation used to effectively plan, design, implement and manage IT solutions and systems. It prepares students to be strong technical leaders, ready to lead IT-enabled organizational change. The MSIT program targets both technical professionals wishing to advance their career in the field as well as business professionals wishing to gain valuable IT skills needed to transform enterprise operations. The curriculum is carefully designed to combine the study of fundamental theory with sound practice, applying latest technologies and tools to real-world problems in the comfort of the classroom. Get Experience with Big Data Providing timely and relevant information requires working with real-world data. Lots of data. Big data. That's why Cal Lutheran students have access to invaluable research resources, including a fully functional data processing cluster and actual, real-world data sets. A Growing Job Market The job market for IT professionals is forecast for continued growth. The Occupational Outlook Handbook places various IT careers in five of the top 20 growth positions nationwide, and in seven of the top 10 positions in terms of job growth in Los Angeles County. As an MSIT graduate, you will be prepared for a number of positions in the IT field including: Business/Systems Analyst IT Project Manager Data Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst System Developer Information Systems Manager Chief Information Officer IT Consultant Security Consultant Network Analyst/Administrator Curriculum The curriculum includes a total of 12 graduate courses (36 credits) total. Students will take eight core courses and four elective courses in their specialized track. Students can obtain a general MSIT degree by selecting elective courses across tracks. Students with backgrounds that are not in Information Technology (IT) or business may need foundation courses which do not count towards the 36 credits required for the degree. Course Terms & Calendar On-campus courses are offered year-round in four, 11-week terms. The on-campus option appeals to those students living in the area who prefer face-to-face, evening classes or find value in taking a combination of on-campus and online classes. On Campus Terms Fall Term September – November Winter Term December – February Spring Term March – May Summer Term June - August [-]

Master of Science in Quantitative Economics

Campus or Online Full time Part time 36 hours USA Thousand Oaks Westlake Village + 1 more

The Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) degree emphasizes practical applications and interactive learning, including close collaboration with members of a world-class economics faculty and forecasting team. [+]

Overview The Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) degree emphasizes practical applications and interactive learning, including close collaboration with members of a world-class economics faculty and forecasting team. Quick Facts *Students can start in August or January of each year. Our program features an intense quantitative element, including more econometrics, financial economics, and theory than most master’s programs. The econometrics curriculum contains unique forecasting and modeling components that provide valuable hands-on application of theory. Highly Ranked The Master of Science in Quantitative Economics has been ranked 3rd in the nation for quantitive economics programs by The Financial Engineer. The publication's 2016 Master of Financial Economics Rankings is a comprehensive ranking of graduate financial economics programs in the United States. Project-Based Curriculum Our program offers a highly applied curriculum and includes close collaboration with members of a world-class economic faculty and economics forecasting team. International and domestic students are enrolled together in small classes (fewer than 20) that emphasize practical applications and interactive learning. Our Alumni Graduates of our program go on to work in important roles for a wide variety of organizations, including: Google Amgen TD Ameritrade Union Bank Milken Institute Bank of the West FMB Wealth Management "This program provided me with a challenging mathematical-oriented degree that focused on real-world applications. It's fantastic preparation for either career advancement or a Ph.D. program." Molly Clancy Senior Quantitative Modeler, Control Insights and Analytics, Google Program Highlights This is a unique evening program featuring applied research that includes: Major Theoretical Constructs State of the Art Mathematics & Economic Modeling Leading Edge Economics & Finance Real World Economic Forecasting & Assessment Project-Based and Intellectually Rigorous The M.S. in Quantitative Economics degree offers a highly applied curriculum and includes close collaboration with members of a world-class economic faculty and economics forecasting team. International and domestic students are enrolled together in small classes (fewer than 20) that emphasize practical applications and interactive learning. Practical Applications These are the hallmarks of everything the School of Management strives to achieve in our programs. And no program embodies these concepts more than the MSQE. This program includes seminars, projects, applied research, analysis, assessment, and more, including opportunities to work hands-on in creating forecasting models for the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF). Inside the classroom: Foundation A world–class faculty Rigorous preparation in mathematics, statistical analysis, and research Strong emphasis on the development of applied economic concepts and theory Outside the classroom: Experience There is no substitute for experience. Cal Lutheran's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) will put our students to work, providing unique opportunities for close collaboration with faculty in a thriving professional environment. Students get hands-on training as applied economists in business, government and nonprofit settings where they will use their skills to: Perform rigorous econometric analysis Create and understand valid models and forecasts Analyze options and make recommendations Present and defend the analysis and recommendations in writing and in formal presentations Course Terms & Calendar On-campus courses are offered year-round in four, 11-week terms. Students typically start the program in the Fall term. On Campus Terms Fall Term September – November Winter Term December – February Spring Term March – May Summer Term June - August [-]

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California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road #1350
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2700

Thousand Oaks, California, 91360 US
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31416 Agoura Road #109
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Westlake Village, California, 91361 US
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2201 Outlet Center Drive, Ste. 600
Oxnard, CA 93036

Oxnard, California, 93036 US
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5925 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Woodland Hills, California, 91367 US