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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.

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Catherine Chan
Director of Graduate Admission

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Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
United States





Applicants: 32
Acceptance Rate: 94%
Average Undergrad GPA 2.88
Average Age: 29



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