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All degrees under $20,000
Application Deadline
July 2, 2024
100% online courses with no GRE or GMAT requirements

Align Your Education 
With Your Purpose

Your life experiences have provided you with an entry point that’s all your own. At Claremont Lincoln University, we believe that becoming a compassionate, ethical leader begins by embracing your differences and then striving to make a difference in the world around you.

Every program at Claremont Lincoln University centers on the Claremont Core®, our proprietary leadership framework that emphasizes mindfulness, meaningful dialogue, collaboration, and lasting change. By implementing this framework in our curricula, we help students develop actionable leadership skills that lead to positive impact in their communities, within their teams, and across their organizations.


We design our degree programs to keep you an active participant in your education. You’ll learn from subject matter experts who contribute their unique perspectives and experiences to every course they teach.

 
CLU gives you the skills, knowledge, and support to flourish as a professional, preparing you to lead with empathy, compassion, and understanding. Are you ready to make your impact as a leader? Let’s join forces.

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Our Online Programs

“Since I took on the role of CEO for Trinity Youth Services, I implement the Claremont Core in everything I do. I have become a thousand times more mindful of every decision that I make.”

– Cher Ofstedahl
Online MA in Organizational Leadership program alumna

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Online by Design

Every degree at CLU is designed exclusively as an online experience, using cutting-edge education technology to create interactive, immersive programs that are tailored to a virtual learning environment.

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The Claremont Core Difference

Every program is bolstered by the Claremont Core® — our proprietary leadership framework that emphasizes mindfulness, meaningful dialogue, collaboration, and lasting change — helping you develop actionable leadership skills that lead to positive impacts in your community, your organization, and your teams.

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Education of the moment, with degrees designed by scholar-practitioners

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Regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission

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Driven by the philanthropic ideologies of its namesake founders, Joan and David Lincoln, Claremont Lincoln University’s suite of online degrees develops compassionate and ethical leaders dedicated to improving the lives of those around them. CLU is founded on the belief that education should be accessible for every student, honoring the unique experiences and perspectives that nontraditional learners bring to the table. By helping students embrace their differences, CLU empowers them to make a meaningful difference in the world we share.

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Affordable Tuition

We make our online degrees accessible through affordability. With Claremont Lincoln University, you can get a high-quality education at a reasonable cost.

Program Type Per Credit Hour Tuition
Bachelor’s Degree $250
Master’s Degree $550
Graduate Certificate $550
Program Type Per Credit Hour Tuition
Bachelor’s Degree $250
Master’s Degree $550
Graduate Certificate $550

Online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership – Degree Completion Program

An ideal program for adult learners who want to continue on the path toward a bachelor’s degree, the 24-month BA in Organizational Leadership degree completion program prepares you with cutting-edge competencies to lead organizations across industries.

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Available in four concentrations — Management, Human Resources Management, Professional Studies, and Integrated Policing Studies — the BA in Organizational Leadership includes:

  • 6 credits of foundational courses that emphasize academic preparedness alongside the Claremont Core framework
  • 39 credits of core competency courses tailored to leadership
  • 15 credits of concentration-specific courses 

With tuition at $250 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $15,000.

Since this is a bachelor’s completion program, students must have a completed associate degree from an accredited institution or 60 semester credits including required General Education requirements.

  • Comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare globally competitive leaders through a focus on leadership development, analytical thinking, collaborative relationships, and strategic leadership
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of organizational settings through leadership-oriented career roles including organizational consultant, human resources manager, and project manager

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Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Designed for current and future leaders in healthcare, the MHA program empowers working adults to lead positive change in organizations, maintain ethical governance, and effectively manage healthcare departments.

The MHA program can be completed in as little as 13 months and includes:

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  • 9 credits of Claremont Core courses
  • 21 credits of MHA-specific courses
  • A 3-credit-hour capstone course

With tuition at $550 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $20,000.

  • Emphasis on foundational models and theories of leadership to solve complex healthcare administrative issues, including administrative challenges, finance functions, and quality improvement
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of healthcare settings through leadership-oriented career roles, including hospital administrator, health services manager, and health policy analyst

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MA in Human Resources Management (MHR)

Aligned with The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, the MHR program prepares human resources (HR) professionals and managers in all aspects of people management, from understanding the basic functions of HR to developing important skills for attracting and selecting employees.

The MHR program can be completed in as little as 13 months and includes:

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  • 6 credits of Claremont Core courses
  • 24 credits of MHR-specific courses
  • A 3-credit-hour capstone course

With tuition at $550 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $20,000.

  • Preparation for learners to become strategic partners through analyzing the policies and practices that govern successful HR leaders and developing interpersonal competencies, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning 
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of organizational settings through leadership-oriented career roles including human resources manager, talent acquisition manager, and employee relations manager

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MA in Public Administration (MPA)

The MPA program provides working adults with a theoretical understanding of policy and prepares them to develop practical solutions to issues they encounter as professionals. Assignments are tailored to students’ job responsibilities.

The MPA program can be completed in as little as 13 months and includes:

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  • 9 credits of Claremont Core courses
  • 18 credits of MPA-specific courses
  • A 3-credit-hour capstone course

With tuition at $550 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $20,000.

  • Based on nationally recognized professional competencies for today’s practitioner-scholar, with courses that alternate between relational and analytical skills to balance learning progress
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of organizational settings through policy-oriented career roles including city manager, policy analyst, and nonprofit executive director

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MA in Organizational Leadership

Available in five concentrations — Healthcare, Human Resources, Management, Professional Studies, and Sustainability — the MA in Organizational Leadership prepares individuals to lead diverse organizations toward positive change.

The MA in Organizational Leadership can be completed in as little as 13 months and includes:

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  • 9 credits of Claremont Core courses
  • 21 credits of concentration-specific courses
  • A 3-credit-hour capstone course

With tuition at $550 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $20,000.

  • Focus on the practical application of knowledge and skills for those who seek to lead in a variety of settings, preparing learners to navigate diversity, think critically, manage complexity, and meet strategic goals
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of organizational settings through leadership-oriented career roles including hospital administrator, human resources manager, operations manager, executive coach, and sustainability manager

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MA in Sustainability Leadership (MSL)

The MSL is an interdisciplinary degree that teaches working adults eco-conscious leadership skills. The program explores the impact of organizational decision-making on society, the environment, and the organization at large.

The MSL program can be completed in as little as 13 months and includes:

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  • 9 credits of Claremont Core courses
  • 21 credits of MSL-specific courses
  • A 3-credit-hour capstone course

With tuition at $550 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $20,000.

  • Preparation for learners to function as socially responsible change agents in globally sustainable contexts and examine how leadership decisions impact people, the planet, and profit
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of organizational settings through leadership-oriented career roles including sustainability director, environmental policy planner, and corporate sustainability strategist

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MA in Social Impact (MSI)

A dynamic program that seeks to innovate and diversify the nonprofit and entrepreneurial ecosystem, the MSI prepares mission-driven change-makers through an emphasis on social impact, effective leadership, and sustainability.

The MSI program can be completed in as little as 13 months and includes:

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  • 9 credits of Claremont Core courses
  • 21 credits of MSI-specific courses
  • A 3-credit-hour capstone course

With tuition at $550 per credit hour, this means you can earn your degree for less than $20,000.

  • Emphasis on social impact, effective leadership, financial resources, and sustainability to prepare a new generation of diverse nonprofit founders and entrepreneurial innovators
  • Integration of the Claremont Core throughout courses, culminating in a capstone course where learners will apply research and leadership knowledge to create tangible outcomes in the workplace
  • Preparation to thrive in a variety of leadership-oriented, entrepreneurial career roles including social impact consultant, corporate social responsibility manager, and director of community outreach

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Executive CLU Core® Certificate

This certificate prepares learners for leadership using the Claremont Core framework, which emphasizes mindfulness, meaningful dialogue, collaboration, and lasting change.

The Executive CLU Core certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MCC5320 Invitation to Inquiry: Foundations of the Claremont Core® (3 units)
  • MSC5300 Strategic Communication: Building Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (3 units)
  • MCC5323 Executive Leadership Skills (3 units)

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Leadership Practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate

This certificate is designed for public leaders who want to build upon their knowledge and skills to become a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainer.

The DEI certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MCC5320 Invitation to Inquiry: Foundations of the Claremont Core® (3 units)
  • MSC5300 Strategic Communication: Building Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (3 units)
  • MDI5300 Advanced DEI Practices (3 units)

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Urban Management Certificate

This certificate is designed for public administrators seeking to lead innovative and sustainable management of critical areas such as human capital, fiscal affairs, and strategic partnerships.

The Urban Management certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MPA5304 Introduction to Public Finance (3 units)
  • MPA5305 Urban Sustainability (3 units)
  • MPA5312 Technology Tools for Spatial Planning (3 units)

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Innovations and Trends in Public Administration Certificate

This certificate uses contemporary practices and case studies, preparing public administrators with the latest knowledge and tools to tackle today’s top issues.

The Innovations and Trends in Public Administration certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MPA5306 Change Management in Complex Organizations (3 units)
  • MPA5307 Building Networks and Coalition Building (3 units)
  • MPA5309 Masterplans and Policy Evolution (3 units)

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Urban Planning Certificate

This certificate prepares strategic planners equipped with current knowledge and applicable skills for long-term, state-of-the-art urban planning — with an emphasis on sustainability.

The Urban Planning certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MPA5305 Urban Sustainability (3 units)
  • MPA5311 Scenario Planning for Public Administration (3 units)
  • MPA5312 Technology Tools for Spatial Planning (3 units)

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Advanced Practices in Public Finance and Administration Certificate

This certificate provides public administrators with the contemporary knowledge, tools, and legal understanding to take on complex, multisector, multilevel financing projects.

The Advanced Practices in Public Finance and Administration certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MPA5304 Introduction to Public Finance (3 units)
  • MPA5308 Innovative Funding Strategies for Social Change (3 units)
  • MPA5313 Legal Frameworks for Public Administration (3 units)

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Land Policy Certificate

This certificate provides students with the basic background, current knowledge, and essential tools they need for the planning and management of land use policy, especially at the local level.

The Land Policy certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MPA5303 Policy Development and Analysis (3 units)
  • MPA5309 Masterplans and Policy Evolution (3 units)
  • MPA5314 Land and Water Use and Management (3 units)

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Resource Management Certificate

This certificate employs case studies and offers students hands-on experiences with the latest technologies for understanding, planning, and managing top issues related to water, air, and land conservation.

The Resource Management certificate consists of three, eight-week courses that allow you to expand your knowledge quickly and upskill in your role.

Each CLU certificate is $1,650 per course or $4,950 for the whole certificate.

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  • MPA5311 Scenario Planning for Public Administration (3 units)
  • MPA5312 Technology Tools for Spatial Planning (3 units)
  • MPA5314 Land and Water Use and Management (3 units)

Certificate Courses

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