Overview

Applicants
46
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average Age
26

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
-
GPA
-

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
March 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
13

54
Full-time
46
Part-time
31
Female
15
Underrepresented Minorities


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, Dubai, 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.


Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
Leadership/Management
Marketing
RN/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Analytics and Information Management
Business Administration
Data Analytics
Finance

Certificate Programs

Analytics and Information Management
Business Administration
Data Analytics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Healthcare Administration
Supply Chain Management

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Technology and Innovation

Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise



Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
The School of Business is housed in the Morken Center for Learning and Innovation. PLU is proud that the Morken Center is one of the Pacific Northwest's most environmentally friendly university buildings. It is Gold LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The university's commitment to sustainability it embedded in its mission statement, "PLU seeks to empower students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care - for other people, for their communities, and for the earth."

School's environmental commitment 3:
The printing of the current MBA viewbook is 100% carbon neutral.

Career Overview

Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
21%

Graduates Employed by Region

100%
West

Students Say

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 PLU 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 prob- ably 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.


Prominent Alumni

Brad Tilden
CEO Alaskan Air Group

Morten Nordstad
CEO, Pharmaq

Sandra Cochran
President & COO, Cracker Barrel

Dr. William Foege
former Director, Center for Disease Control

Joyce Barr
Former U.S. ambassador to Namibia

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$19,478

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$3,657

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
58%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
28%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
70%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
30%

New Students Receiving Loans
40%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$45,360
Tuition (Out-State)
$45,360
Fees (In-State)
$300
Fees (Out-State)
$300

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,260
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,260

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$10,876
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$3,360
Academic Expenses
$1,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
55
Part Time
54%

In State
80.0%
Out of State
20.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
2

Demographics

55.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
4.00%
International

45% female
55% male

Campus Life

Students Say

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 proj- ect 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 profes- sionals 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.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Juanita Reed
Director, MBA and Undergraduate Programs

Address
Office of Admissions
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
United States

Phone
253-535-7252

Fax
253-535-8723

Email
plumba@plu.edu


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