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Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo The Orfalea College of Business

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Admissions Programs
The Cal Poly MBA program seeks candidates that are bright, motivated, and demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a rigorous academic program. While admission is primarily based on GPA and GMAT achievement, we do consider additional factors such as work experience,...
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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 ... More More

Visiting And Contact Information

1 Grand Avenue, OCOB

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

United States

Phone: 805-756-2637

Fax: 805-756-0110


Admissions Statistics
Admissions Selectivity Rating:97
Average UGrad GPA:3.36
Average GMAT Score:640
GMAT Range (25-75%):580 - 750
Average Years of Work Experience:3.5
Total # of Applicants:181
Total # of Applicants Accepted:36
Total # Enrolled:31
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Application Process
Rolling Admission:Yes
Rolling Admission Deadline:07/01
Rolling Decision Notification:No
Regular Application Deadline:07/01
International Application Deadline:11/30
In-State Application Fee:$55
Out-of-State Application Fee:$55
International Applicant Application Fee:$55
Applications accepted for other terms than Fall:No
Early Decision Programs:No
Transfer Applicants Accepted:Yes
Transfer Admission Policy:Yes
Deferred Admission:No
Admissions Process Need Blind:Yes
Admissions Journal:
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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Admissions Requirements
GMAT Score:Required
Essay / Personal Statement:Required
Undergraduate GPA:Required
Extracurricular Activities:Optional
Letters of Recommendation:Optional
Work Experience:Optional
State Residency:Optional
Other:11/30 is the fall deadline for international applicants. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a competitive GMAT is required to be considered. Work experience is preferred.
For Non-Native English Speakers:TOEFL Required:Yes
TOEFL Recommended:No
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(Paper Based Test):
Minimum TOEFL Score
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Admissions Factors
GMAT Score:Very Important
Undergraduate GPA:Very Important
Letters of Recommendation:Considered
Essay / Personal Statement:Considered
Extracurricular Activities:Considered
Work Experience:Considered
Other Factors:Considered
Special programs offered to recruit underrepresented students or students with disadvantaged backgrounds:Not Reported
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  • GMAT Range (25-75%):
    580 - 750
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