Lincoln University (LU) is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution based in Oakland, California. It was founded in 1919 in San Francisco by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Lickey. In 1950, the University became a non-profit tax-exempt institution under the United States Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c) (3).

From the school’s founding, Lincoln University has placed its focus on adult education while keeping an international character. These features became distinguishing marks of the institution. It was among the first post-secondary educational institutions in California to offer programs for working adults. The emphasis was further refined to meet the demands of international students. Constant academic development became a characteristic of the school. In the 1960s - 70s, the University offered a curriculum of outstanding well-balanced Business Administration programs with special emphasis to Master of Business Administration degree accompanied by a variety of concentration areas. The business curriculum was finalized in 2009 by the creation and approval of the Doctor of Business Administration Degree. In 2005, strong Diagnostic Imaging program was developed and resulted in the Bachelor of Science degree in 2012. In 2014, the university introduced the Master of Science Degrees in International Business and Finance Management.