OCOB Grad Programs

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Graduate Programs

Earning a graduate degree is a big decision, but one with great career potential. With a reputation for top academics, unmatched hands-on experiences and a superior return on investment, Cal Poly’s graduate business programs provide a clear pathway to success in today’s fast-paced world of business.

  • MBA
  • MS Accounting
  • MS Business Analytics
  • MS Engineering Management
  • MS Packaging Value Chain
  • MS Quantitative Economics
  • MS Taxation

The 360° Business Experience

Business is a human enterprise, with success dependent on people being able to collaborate, grow, create, innovate and lead. Our MBA program produces business leaders who are equally adept at navigating the technical and the people aspects of business. In an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment, we foster thoughtful, independent and responsible leaders.

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Cultivating Workforce-Ready Professionals

Whether pursuing a career in international public accounting, industry, government or a local CPA firm, our MS in Accounting – with its uniquely designed, multi-disciplinary approach, cutting-edge curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities – empowers our graduates to be confident and career-ready as they enter the workforce…and with a nearly 100% job placement rate.

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Harnessing the Power of Data

Data has changed the way businesses make decisions. More than ever organizations need data-savvy leaders with strategies and approaches informed by data. Our MS in Business Analytics is an accelerated, interdisciplinary and industry-relevant program that holistically develops both the analytical
mindset and technical skills needed for success in today’s competitive marketplace.

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MS Engineering Management

Bridging Worlds with a Dual Degree

Rapidly changing technological and business environments require individuals who are not simply smart engineers, but adept at participating and leading smart business solutions too. Our MS Engineering Management program allows students to earn both an MBA and MS simultaneously, providing them with a unique set of skills and expertise in high demand in today’s workplace.

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A Differentiator for Success

Packaging has become a strategic business function creating value for all players in the global packaging value chain. Our unique online MS and certificate programs in Packaging Value Chain help professionals
develop competencies in packaging science and technology, data analytics, marketing, finance, supply chain, operations and quantitative analysis to create efficient and effective packaging solutions.

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Creating Business-Savvy Economists

Economists are highly paid professionals, yet undergraduates are rarely trained to become one. With an emphasis on advanced econometrics, economic theory, data analysis and real-world, hands-on learning, our intensive one-year MS in Economics is ideal for those looking to advance analytical skills for business careers, or ramp up quantitative skills for PhD programs.

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Developing Specialized Tax Experts

Our curriculum ​covers all advanced areas of tax​ation​: ​state and local, corporate, partnerships, international, estate and gift. The curriculum is complemented by our tax speaker series, which brings in top industry professionals to discuss real-world tax situations.

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How We're Different

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  • OCOB Value Value
  • Student Centric Student Centric
  • Time To Complete Time To Complete
  • Location Location
  • Silicon Valley Ecosystem Silicon Valley Ecosystem
Career
Recruiting & Placement

Your Career Is A Priority

Career planning and placement is a priority from the time a student is enrolled. Our graduates routinely land exciting jobs at some of the largest and most prestigious companies in the region and the world.

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Value
Value

Less Expensive Than Many Peer Institutions

A Cal Poly education is a good investment, paying dividends for decades in terms of career potential and growth. The cost of attending our business graduate programs is less than many peer institutions, and we’re consistently ranked highly for return on investment.

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Student Centric
Student Centric

Students Always Come First

At our school, students come first. From enrollment to graduation, our faculty and staff are deeply committed to seeing students succeed. Class sizes are small, cohorts are actively engaged, and courses are taught by professors who enthusiastically seek to partner with students on projects.

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OCOB Graduation
Time To Complete

One Year Or Less

Time is money. For many graduate students, being out of the job market for too long doesn’t make economic sense. That’s why most all our master’s degrees can be completed in one year or less.

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Location

Best of Both Worlds

Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo offers the best of both worlds. Students get an unparalleled academic experience and powerful career pathways, all while living in one the California Central Coast’s most beautiful locations.

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Silicon Valley Ecosystem
Silicon Valley Ecosystem

Ties and Partnerships With Silicon Valley

We offer students a direct route into the Silicon Valley ecosystem, helping connect graduates to internships, training opportunities and jobs. Our ties and partnerships with Silicon Valley-based companies continue to grow year-after-year, as more of our graduates secure positions and look to hire fellow alumni.

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Student Profiles

Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson,
MS Taxation

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Ben Koos

Ben Koos,
MS Quantitative Economics

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Jeff Ernst

Jeff Ernst,
MS Business Analytics

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Sally Nguyen

Sally-Nguyen,
MS Business Analytics

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Charles Hu

Charles Hu,
MBA / MS Engineering Management

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Adorina Beit Tchoutcheca

Adorina Beit-Tchoutcheca,
MBA

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Jordan Sligh

Jordan Sligh,
MS Accounting

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MacKenzie Smith

MacKenzie Smith,
MS Quantitative Economics

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Brooke Stran

Brooke Stran,
MS Accounting

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Juan Carlos Castellanos

Juan Carlos Castellanos,
MS Taxation

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Julie Rizzolo

Julie-Rizzolo,
MS Accounting

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Katie Ng

Katie Ng,
MS Taxation

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Nandan Thor

Nandan Thor,
MBA / MS Industrial Engineering

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Vincent Hennessy

Vincent Hennessy,
MS Accounting

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Naren Doddapaneni

Naren Doddapaneni,
MS Business Analytics

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Nikki Kong

Nikki-Kong,
MBA / Certificate in Business Analytics

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Reed Kamsler

Reed Kamsler,
MS Quantitative Economics

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Important Dates

Oct 1, 2018

Application Period for Fall 2019 Opens

Apr 1, 2019

Final Application Deadline for Fall 2019

Jun 15, 2018

MS degrees are conferred in our annual commencement ceremony.

Aug 15, 2018

Orfalea College of Business welcomes the incoming MS classes for Academic Year 2018-2019.

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Events

Orfalea College of Business Seminar Series – 4/20/18

Seminars are on Fridays from 3:30-5pm, topics vary

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April 20, 2018

Orfalea College of Business Seminar Series – 4/27/18

Seminars are on Fridays from 3:30-5pm, topics vary

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April 27, 2018

Orfalea College of Business Seminar Series – 5/11/18

Seminars are on Fridays from 3:30-5pm, topics vary

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97%

Job Placement

Across all OCOB graduate programs, the placement rates as measured
at 90 days post-graduation is 97%.

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