Pacific Lutheran University

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Pacific Lutheran: A Small School with a Big Impact

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Dr. Nancy D. Albers-Miller, Dean of the School of Business

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Juanita Reed, Director of MBA & Undergraduate Business Programs

Founded on the cornerstones of leadership, innovation, global awareness and ethical responsibility, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) seeks to educate its students based on a model that combines critical elements of professional education with a commitment to justice and social good. With distinctive international programs and close student‐faculty research opportunities, PLU helps students discover and align themselves with their true vocation through coursework, mentorship, and internships at world‐class businesses and institutions.

Located in the Seattle/Tacoma area, PLU is at the heart of a growing national mecca for arts, industry, and technology. Major corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, and Google provide strong connections for PLU’s business students and alumni.

The school places strong emphasis on innovation and leverages an industry‐driven curriculum that prepares students for success in their chosen fields. Group format learning further encourages students to learn from each other’s experience and perspective. That perspective is broadened through PLU’s study away programs; more than 50% of students elect to study off campus while completing a degree.

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Cynthia Riley Smith, Director of Master of Science in Finance

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Dr. Chung-Shing Lee, Associate Dean of the School of Business

The MBA program offered at PLU is uniquely flexible and accommodating to international students as there are no course prerequisites and students may come from any professional or academic background. It may also be completed in nine to eleven months. With the PLU‐MBA degree, students acquire more than business competencies; they walk away with a true global business perspective and a predisposition for action and innovation that is rooted in a commitment to social responsibility.

Some of PLU’s master’s programs can be completed in ten months. The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is a full‐time, cohort program that prepares graduates to excel in financial careers. The innovative, cross‐disciplinary curriculum is uniquely designed to prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

Similar in duration, the ten month Master of Science in Marketing Research (MSMR) is the only program of its kind offered on the West Coast, combining the art and science of marketing. “It’s quantitatively rigorous and qualitatively rich,” highlighted Director of the MSMR Mari Peterson. “It’s extremely industry relevant.”

Candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree at PLU and wish to apply to a School of Business graduate program can consider the Fast Track application, which bases admission into the graduate program completely on the student’s success in the undergraduate program. These students are not required to take the GMAT or TOEFL examinations nor provide letters of recommendation.


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