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Cal Poly also offers a more conventional MBA program, with concentrations available in accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, human resources, hospitality management, entrepreneurship, information management, and international business. Even in its more conventional pursuits, however, the school forges a unique tack. A Cal Poly MBA, students inform us, is a “hands on MBA” with “a technical emphasis” that encourages a “learning-by-doing philosophy.” One student explains: “Very few professors will stand in the front of the room and lecture for four hours. Classes are very interactive and students are provided with plenty of opportunities to present their opinions and put learning points to use.” Students also report that “All classes require students to work on group projects, which prepares you well to work in teams in real world.” Cal Poly also offers a Professional MBA at its Metro in Downtown Los Angeles (minimum two years’ supervisory work experience mandatory for entry).
Cal Poly is “one of the few state universities using the quarter system,” which “makes things fly by. When you are starting the quarter, you already have to start studying for midterms; when mid-quarter arrives, you already have to start seeking for affordable books for the next quarter.” Fortunately, the program has “exceptional instructors” who “are mostly young (in their forties) and provide access to modern management principles and practices while at the same timing give information about classical management principles.” Good instruction helps ease the academic burden some, but students warn that many here “reduce their work responsibilities to cope with the heavy course load. It’s not an easy place for full-time/part-time working professionals.”
Graduate Business Program
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768