2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

School of Management

Programs Offered

The University offers the following degree, and certificate programs through the School of Management:

  • Master of Business Administration (General MBA or with Emphasis in):
    • Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Capital Management
    • Information Technology
    • International Business
    • Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration Pathway
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning
  • Master of Public Policy and Administration
  • Master of Science in Financial Planning
  • Master of Science in Quantitative Economics
  • Master of Science in Information Technology 
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Certificates
    • Post-MBA Certificate
    • Certificate of Business Operations for Practitioners
    • Certificate in Advanced Financial Planning
    • Post-Masters Certificate in Financial Economics and Risk Management 
    • Certificate in Cybersecurity
    • Certificate in Data Analytics
    • Certificate in Global Supply Chain Management
    • Certificate in Information Technology Management

School of Management Policies 

Academic Integrity

The educational programs at California Lutheran University’s School of Management are designed and dedicated to achieve academic excellence, honesty and integrity at every level of academic life.

This Policy and the Procedure for Reporting and Handling Violations of Academic Integrity in the School of Management are built upon the university’s framework, but are specific to the School of Management only. As stated in the Procedure For Reporting and Handling Violations of Academic Integrity in the School of Management (Section C below), students and faculty share responsibility for maintaining high levels of scholarship and academic integrity. In the same manner, faculty and students share an obligation to report violations of academic integrity to their Program Director. 

Our definition of academic dishonesty is ‘‘any behavior or act that implies intent to make someone believe what is not true, as giving a false appearance.’’ Since academic honesty is central to the academic enterprise, students and faculty must accept and respect the principle of acknowledging information, ideas and language that have been borrowed from someone else. Plagiarism (any failure to document sources), cheating, unethical use of technology, and facilitation of academic dishonesty are examples of such behaviors.

Any behavior or act that falls within the definition of academic dishonesty will meet with appropriate disciplinary remedies. Due to the serious nature of such offenses and resulting questions regarding student ethics, graduate programs within the School of Management may assign remedies including academic probation, suspension or dismissal from the university after a first offense with the approval of the Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Remedies will be determined by reviewing each specific breach of academic honesty, the context of the breach and the nature of the breach. 


11 WEEK ON-CAMPUS FORMAT: All students are expected to abide by the class attendance policy set forth by the instructor in each class in accordance with the policies set forth by the School of Management.  Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory unless properly excused by the class instructor. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered may be dropped from the course by the academic program that offers the course. This policy applies to all levels/types of courses (i.e., foundation, core, electives, etc.) and to all study centers. It remains the student’s responsibility to verify course drops dates to avoid academic and financial penalties.

Students may miss a maximum of three weekly class meetings. Attendance of less than 75% will be considered as insufficient. Failure to meet the individual course attendance requirements may result in a grade of F.  When possible, students also must provide advance notice of absences, as well as relevant documentation regarding absences, to the instructor as soon as possible following the illness or event that led to the absence. Any arrangement to make up work because of class absence is the responsibility of the student. The instructor, who will explain the evaluation (grading) statement at the beginning of the term, determines the effect of absences upon grades.

8 WEEK ONLINE FORMAT: The mandatory attendance policy for all courses offered through the Online MBA at California Lutheran University serves to improve student learning and comply with federal regulations and financial aid policies. CLU Online MBA courses consist of synchronous and asynchronous activities.  All activities are mandatory and in some way count towards the final grade. While the degree of participation in asynchronous activities (e.g. weekly assignments, threaded discussions, quizzes, etc. as outlined in the syllabus of an online course) is documented by the degree of completion and the quality of the outcomes, the degree of participation in synchronous activities (e.g. a weekly live chat session in a virtual classroom) is documented by the actual presence of a student during such activities. Based on this general policy, the following rules apply:

  • Attendance of synchronous activities (e.g. weekly live chat session in a virtual classroom) is mandatory for all students and in all Online MBA courses. 
  • Students may be dropped from the course if they do not attend the first synchronous activity of the course (unless discussed with the instructor prior to the activity) and/or if they have not logged into the learning management system (online course) during the first week of the term.
  • Students may miss a maximum of two synchronous activities. Attendance of less than 75% of a synchronous activity will be considered as insufficient (i.e. missed). Failure to meet the individual course attendance requirements may result in a grade of F.
  • Students can make up for a maximum of two missed synchronous activities. In the case of a live chat session, students must listen to the archived chat session for that week and complete an assignment at the instructor’s discretion. 
  • In addition to these attendance requirements, each instructor will have separate grading policies concerning participation in synchronous activities.


Dean for the School of Management

Gerhard Apfelthaler, Ph.D.

MBA Program Director

Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.

MBA-Financial Planning Program Director

Chia-Li Chien, Ph.D.

Master of Public Policy and Administration Program Director

Sabith Khan, Ph.D.

MS- Quantitative Economics Program Director

Dan Hamilton, Ph.D.

MS-Information Technology Program Director

Paul Witman, Ph.D.

Director of SOM Distance and Online Education

Bruce Gillies, Psy.D.

Director Teaching Effectiveness

Valeria Makarova, Ph.D.

Director International Student Success

Dr. Mary Jo Shane








Associate professors




Assistant professors












Senior Lecturer

V. Gean