History and Philosophy

A private non-profit non-secretarial educational institution Lincoln University was founded by Dr. Benjamin Lickey in 1919 in San Francisco.

From the school’s founding, LU has placed its focus on practical down-to-earth education with strong international character. In the 1960s – 70s, meeting the demand of international students in American business education, the University offered a curriculum of outstanding Business Administration programs with special emphasis to Master of Business Administration degree with a variety of concentration areas. In 2010 the curriculum was deepened by creations of the Doctor of Business Administration and then the Master of Science in International Business and Finance Management degree programs. In 2005, strong Diagnostic Imaging program was developed and resulted in the Bachelor of Science degree.

LU plays a vital role in students’ life by providing an educational setting where they can foster quality education, good citizenship, personal involvement, and contribution to the world community. The diversity of cultural backgrounds on campus exposes to life stories from all over the world, enhances students’ social skills, and presents a great opportunity for personal growth. At LU we believe that our primary task is to teach students not only concepts but also the process of discovery, analysis, and successful application. Our programs encompass theories blended with real-life applications. The following values summarize our philosophy: partnership, accountability, compassion, excellence, effectiveness, inclusiveness.

Our Advantages

From the quality of instruction, to affordability, and career prospects, Lincoln offers its students unique advantages.

Excellent Instructors

Senior professors with industry, scholarly, and educational experience teach and supervise LU programs.

Individual Attention

Small-classes provide environment for LU faculty members and staff to advice and mentor every student.

Career Prospects

The majority of LU graduates find their first employment within 3 months of graduation.

No waiting lists, best Schedules

Enroll in classes when you need them. Schedules are adapted to individual student requests.


One of the most affordable and fees transparent private education institutions in the Bay Area.

Credit Transfer

Easy transfer of qualifying credits from previously attended colleges and universities.


Located in the Oakland downtown, one block away from a subway station and bus routes.


Students with good academic records are eligible to apply for discounts and scholarships.


Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.

The Business Studies Unit at Lincoln University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66213. For a list of accredited programs click here.

Lincoln University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non immigrant students.

Lincoln University is included in the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Lincoln University can provide limited cost-of-attendance financial aid scholarships for students with the greatest financial need. Please contact Lincoln University’s financial aid office for information and to apply.