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California State Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo Orfalea College of Business Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 40

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Agribusiness, Architectural Management, General Management, Landscape Architectural Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 20% accepted out of 181 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.36
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 640
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

To be eligible for admission to Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business graduate programs, students must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, and a competitive undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores. For accepted applicants, the mid-80 percent GPA range was 2.8 to 3.75; for GMAT scores, the mid-80 percent range was 580 to 750. T...To be eligible for admission to Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business graduate programs, students must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, and a competitive undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores. For accepted applicants, the mid-80 percent GPA range was 2.8 to 3.75; for GMAT scores, the mid-80 percent range was 580 to 750. To be eligible for dual degree programs, students must meet the eligibility requirements for both programs.

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Important Dates

Round 1
April

1

Deadline
September

22

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 100
Percent International Students 5%
Total Full-Time Faculty 55
Full-Time Faculty 85%

Student Life

Life is good at Cal Poly. Located on a hilltop overlooking San Luis Obispo, “the college campus is gorgeous” and the surrounding town is beautiful, friendly, and student-orient­ed. No wonder many students say “the location” is among the Cal Poly’s greatest assets. Graduate students have access to the school’s excellent recreation center, health center, and library, and they may even choose to live on campus. Within the business school, the Graduate Students in Business Association (GSBA) organizes social gatherings for stu­dents and faculty, as well as fundraisers and professional development events. Cal Poly offers just a few graduate programs; therefore “the undergrads overwhelming­ly outnumber the graduate students” on campus. Fortunately, “the Graduate School of Business students have their own Room/Lounge with a fridge, microwave, tables, com­puters, and whiteboards”—a nice enclave for the more mature crowd. At Cal Poly, most MBA candidates are “young, career-driven” professionals, principally from technical or engineering backgrounds.

Student Testimonial

As an international student from the Republic of Moldovia, I feel immersed in an environment where my opinions and perceptions are challenged every day. Thrown together into a picture-perfect petri dish of competition and collaboration, students contribute, adapt and grow, eventually evolving into a network of life-long relationships.

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Career

At Cal Poly, Career Services hosts career fairs and networking events for the entire school community. They also offer career preparation assistance, including resume revisions and interview skills workshops. While graduate students are free to participate in these offerings, “the career services are more geared towards undergrads” at Cal Poly. Fortunately, the school boasts an excellent reputation and strong ties to the local commu­nity. Even without extensive assistance, around 85 percent of Cal Poly students have accepted a job offer by graduation; three months out, 100 percent of MBA alumni are employed.Top employers of Cal Poly MBA graduates include Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Rantec, General Dynamics, Sun MicroSystems, Deloitte Consulting, Qualcomm, IBM, Agilent Technology, Amgen Inc., Lawrence Livermore Labs, Pacific Gas & Electric, USDA, Dept of Veterans Affairs, KPMG, Pratt & Whitney, Morgan Stanley, Boston Scientific, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sandia National Lab, Lam Research, Columbia Sportswear, Adelaida Cellars. The mean base salary for MBA graduates is $100,000.

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About

The Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) offers one-year MBA programs that follow the educational philosophy of "learn by doing". The programs' in-class experience includes simulations of management decision-making scenarios, case studies, team exercises, extensive interaction with faculty and other students, and personal communication and presentation skills enhancement. The Orfalea College of Business' (OCOB) MBA programs are accredited by the AACSB and admit a limited number of students each year. This select group of graduate students fosters an eclectic student body with a strong sense of community and a culture that emphasizes high quality performance. Students accepted into and enrolled in Cal Poly's OCOB MBA programs may: - Enter the program without an undergraduate business degree and without completing prerequisite business course requirements. - Choose an accelerated option (Track One) that allows full-time students to follow a prescribed course of study and complete the program in less than a year or a traditional, non-accelerated option.(Track Two.) - Study relevant, current, challenging, and intellectually stimulating courses. - Enroll in short intensive summer sessions to complete the MBA program and/or follow the accelerated option requirements. - Enroll in a 2-1/2 week international business study tour to mainland China or India• Work with renowned faculty in a friendly and professional academic atmosphere. - Live and study on California's beautiful Central Coast In addition to a general management MBA, Cal Poly offers an MBA with a Specialization in Agribusiness, and an MBA with a specialization in Graphic Communication Document Systems Management, an MS in Accounting - Taxation. Two-year dual-degree options are also available for students wishing to pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously. For example, a formal joint MBA/MS program in Engineering Management (EMP) and various other informal MBA/MS or MBA/MA dual-degree options are available.

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Students Say

Poised at the intersection of business and technology, California Polytechnic State University’s graduate business programs are a great choice for students with a back­ground in applied science or architecture. As a state school, Cal Poly is “less expensive” than comparable private institutions, yet its AACSB-accredited business programs are rigorous, current, and intimate, enrolling fewer than 50 students each year. The MBA comprises 60 to 64 total credits for graduation; depending on your schedule, availability, and academic goals, students have “the option for one- or two-year completion” of the MBA, with an academic focus in general management, agribusiness, or graphic commu­nication document systems management. The chance to complete a specialized MBA in just one year—even without an undergraduate degree in business—is a huge advantage to this program. At the same time, students must be prepared to work hard: not only is coursework challenging and accelerated, “the program requires students [to] maintain a 3.0 GPA” throughout. For working students who want to pursue a degree part-time, or for those who’d like to explore concurrent employment or internship opportunities, Cal Poly also allows students to take fewer than the full-time 16 units per quarter, through a secondary MBA track. For many, the major benefit of Cal Poly is its strength in technical fields, which students can exploit through technology-oriented electives, or through formal dual degree pro­grams with other academic departments. Of particular note, the school offers joint MS and MBA degrees in engineering management and engineering fields (including aero­space, civil and environmental, computer science, and more). Almost 40 percent of cur­rent MBA candidates are concurrently enrolled in a master’s program, telling us that, “the dual degree program is fantastic” at Cal Poly. A current student adds, “The MBA/EMP dual degree program they offer was exactly the type of program that I was looking for, and Cal Poly has a tremendous reputation in the world of engineering.” A hallmark of the Cal Poly MBA program is the “learning-by-doing teaching style,” which encourages students to develop applicable skills through coursework. To that end, classes and assignments include teamwork, case studies, and presentations. Additionally, the “international business course”—a unique offering within an accelerat­ed program—gives students the opportunity to study a foreign economy and business practices during a two-week trip overseas. In recent years, the program took students to India and China. Students can also tailor their education by pursuing research projects in conjunction with Cal Poly faculty, or by competing with other business students in national case study and strategy competitions. When it comes to Cal Poly’s faculty and administration, it’s a mixed bag. Here, “There are some professors that are outstanding, and some that are good in their field, but not good at teaching.” A student summarizes, “It’s a cliché, but the more effort you put into the program, the more you will get out of the program.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Cisco Networking Lab, HP Projects Lab, Graphic Communication Institute, Small Business Institute, Industrial Technology Digital Research Center, Textile Research and Testing Laboratory. Engineering related: Applied Research & Development Facilities,Cal Poly National Pool Industry Research Center, Center for Sustainability in Engineering, Electric Power Institute, Cal Poly Center for Global Automatic Identification Technologies (proposed).

  • International Student Support Groups
  • Research Facilities:

    Cisco Networking Lab, HP Projects Lab, Graphic Communication Institute, Small Business Institute, Industrial Technology Digital Research Center, Textile Research and Testing Laboratory. Engineering related: Applied Research & Development Facilities,Cal Poly National Pool Industry Research Center, Center for Sustainability in Engineering, Electric Power Institute, Cal Poly Center for Global Automatic Identification Technologies (proposed).

  • Study Abroad:

    Australia (Swinburne University of Technology, University of Canberra, University of Melbourne: Land and Food Resources Department) Austria (FH Joanneum Fachhochschul Studiengangen), Brazil (Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro), Chile (Universidad La Serena), China (Nanjing University of Technology), Denmark (Copenhagen Business School), Finland (Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, Seinajoen University of Applied Sciences), France(Institut de Formation Internationale, Rouen, France, L'Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Val-de-Seine, France), Germany (Fachhochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe,Germany, Fachhochschule Munchen-Munich University of Applied Science Munich,Germany, Ludwigsburg University of Educaton, University of Bremen), Honduras (Centro De Diseno Arquitectura y Construccion Tegucigalpa,Honduras), Korea (Seoul National University of Technology), Mexico (Benemerita Universidad Autonomo De Puebla), Norway (Agricultural University of Norway), South Korea (Daegu University, Seoul National University of Technology), Spain (Tecnun, University of Navarra), Sweden(Chalmers University of Technology Goteborg, Sweden), Switzerland (HSR Hochschule fur Technik Rapperswil), Taiwan (Chaoyang University of Technology, Chaoyang, Taiwan R.O.C.)

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo The Orfalea College of Business include:

Gary Bloom - CEO, Veritas

Burt Rutan - Pres., Scaled Composites, designer SpaceShipOne

Bill Swanson - Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Company

Linda Ozawa Olds - Founder, Jamba Juice

Robert Rowell - President, Golden State Warriors

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 90%
Three Month Employment 95%
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