Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. PLU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in areas of study that includes Humanities, Natural Sciences, Arts and Communication, Business, Nursing, and Social Sciences.

  • Average Tuition USD 51,838
  • Acceptance Rate 75%
  • Students 3,242
  • International Students 5%
  • Campus Setting Residential

School Description

Students studying at Pacific Lutheran University have a chance to explore the city of Tacoma through the Tacoma Immersion Experience Semester. This program offers them the chance to learn about the culture, history, and geography of the city. PLU has been awarded numerous distinctions which includes being ranked 15th 'best master's university in the country' by Washington Monthly.

Pacific Lutheran University has around 3300 students who have many ways to be involved on campus. The Involvement Fair, which is an event that is hosted each fall, offers the students a chance to get to learn more about the over 100 clubs and organizations available. Some of the clubs available include, the Chess Club, Chinese Studies Club, Hawaii Club, and Hip Hop 101.

Master Programs

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States

    Marriage and Family Therapy

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States

    Advancing Current Teachers

    A program that focuses on integrating technology into educational curricula. Includes instruction in foundations of educational technology, computer applications, utilizing technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials.

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States

    Business Administration

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States


    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States

    Marketing Research

    A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

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    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States

    Preparing New Teachers

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States

    Rainier Writing Workshop

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

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  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 391

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 88
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum incoming GRE 305
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 550
  • Minimum SAT 980
  • Minimum ACT 22
  • Average SAT Score 1625


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    Established in 1890


    Pacific Lutheran University offer the 'On The Road' program, which is for first year students to help them get acquainted with the city and region.

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          • Testimony
            1986-1989, Bachelor's Degree

            When I was a 35+ mother with 4 young children, PLU provided the opportunity to complete my undergraduate degree. Under the guidance of excellent mentorship from PLU faculty after completing my undergrad degree, they directed me to seek doctoral training. I completed a Duel PhD in Soc & Demography at PSU, minor in Gerontology, received a NIA pre-doctoral fellowship, a summer internship at NIA, then a Post-doctoral fellowship from NIA. Never when I began my journey at PLU did I see speaking at Oxford, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Seoul Government, or the opportunities in Asia in my future....but the PLU faculty saw/encourage something in me. PLU provided a strong foundation provided by the faculty and as a Chair & faculty one of my greatest pleasures is returning the circle of mentoring by going back to the foundations provided by the excellent Pacific Lutheran University faculty, and to those ratty binders which hold both their words and memories. Thank you PLU for setting me off on a wonderful highway of life. You took a middle-aged woman, taught her skills to think critically and objectively, set her on a path to make an inquiring scientist, scholar, administrator, entrepreneur, international visionary, speaker, advocate, and citizen. I thank you for helping me start my journey.

          • Testimony
            1999-2003, Bachelor's Degree

            PLU is the perfect landing place for the intelligent 18 year old who is growing into themselves as a person. I was given the best of educations in and out of the classroom. The Lutedome protected and nurtured me while the classroom grew my mind and instilled a world perspective that today allows me to navigate with everyone from intellectuals to artistic types to scientific guru's! The international program at PLU is second to none, everyone should participate. My 2002 trip to Cuba is still a resume highlight and conversation piece in all of my work negotiations. I am a LUTE FOR LIFE! At work, at home and in my heart!

          • Testimony
            2010-2013, Bachelor's Degree

            As a Transitioning Service member PLU provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to land a wonderful job as a Biologist with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service where I worked to save threatened and endangered species across the Pacific Northwest. I respected PLU so much for their efforts in supporting me and our nations veterans that I decided to join them. PLU is the perfect place for transitioning veterans and their families to land after military service. PLU will help them become acclimated to the civilian culture, and prepare them to launch into the next chapter of their grand adventure.