California Lutheran University Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.23 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 28 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and CAATS
  • Programmatic Accreditation: APA
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 4,126 (2,810 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $17,520
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros- CLU provides support in financial aid, one-on-one professor and student interactions, small classes, great help with course work and with questions and plenty of support! Cons- Constantly studying. CLU demands hard work and you must do it to succeed.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

This is an excellent and cost effective program. A huge bonus is they can waive the GMAT if your GPA is high enough.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

A Graduate Program will give me the knowledge I need to become a leader. It will allow me to become more competitive and give me an advantage in my career. Obtaining an MBA will help me become financially successful and open many doors to new opportunities. The only negative aspect I have is the cost of the program, which I am hoping will not be the barrier to my goals.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

Cal Lutheran's program best suited my needs as a full-time working grad students. The professors are like your colleagues and partners. The program is flexible and allows you to get an education while dealing with life.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2012

My graduate program was a wonderful experience overall. I am glad I chose CLU. The school is a private university, so they were able to treat me like an individual and not a number at a diploma mill. The career services center is top-notch as they truly work to prepare you to succeed in the professional world on your own. I honestly cannot think of a con, I genuinely enjoyed my instructors and the curriculum, so I would say the parking at the university was my biggest obstacle.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Best program for me because of the amount of units for a Masters of Science program is unbeatable!
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

CLU's MFT program was a great introduction to Counseling Psychology. Although CLU is a private school, the price of the program matches that of a UC school. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interesting in attaining their MFT.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: The class sizes are small. Most of the professors are great. Small safe town. Small campus. Cons: Some professors are difficult to understand. Not very much activity for Grad students. Not very much networking engagements.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2014

I love my marriage and family therapy program! The classes are centered around exactly what I want to do with my life and the support from staff and cohort is wonderful. The school is just too expensive and doesn't offer a lot of options to help out with the high expenses.
1.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The advantages of the program include the individualized attention, career preparation, integrated student teaching and classes, small town security, and lack of difficulty. That being said, I believe that the lack of difficulty is a huge drawback of the program. I am slightly alarmed that some of my classmates will be teaching our children someday. Another advantage that proposed an inherent disadvantage is diversity. Although it is great to be surrounded by the diversity that I will see in the school system, CLU caters to this diversity too much. I enjoyed the same diversity at Rutgers University, and was able to actually learn from others as much as I was able to focus on my chemistry major. At CLU, the teachers are so focused on catering to every minute need of every student that the lessons suffer constantly. My instructors are all retired teachers "on a soap box" who are content to indulge the idle curiosity of my unfocused classmates or preach their personal political beliefs. I have not made it through one class yet without an irrelevant conversation lasting over 20 minutes. I believe that I can get the material enough to become a strong instructor, and unfortunately their program is "unique" so transferring is not an option without basically starting over. Honestly, if I had to do it again then I would never ever choose this school.
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