- Do I need a specific undergraduate degree to apply?
No. In fact, we add value to non-business majors by teaching them the language of business. So you can be trained in science, math, technology, engineering, any of the social sciences or liberal arts. Our cohorts come from diverse backgrounds and are multi-talented.
- Can I apply to start this program in the spring or winter quarters?
No, we admit students only in the fall quarter. Students who choose the accelerated 10-month program start in mid-August whereas those in the traditional 24-month program begin in mid-September.
- Is the GMAT or GRE test required?
No, GRE or GMAT scores are optional for Fall 2024 admissions. However, they are strongly encouraged for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.
- Who should write me a letter of recommendation?
Request recommendation letters from people who can comment on your work, attitude, accomplishments, motivation, goals, individuality, etc. They could be your professor, supervisor or mentor. A word of advice: Make it count! Do not have your letter writer simply restate what is clear from your resume. Please keep in mind that we want to contribute to the professional trajectory of unique individuals. It is highly likely you won’t find another person in the cohort who is like you.
- Is there financial aid?
Financial aid is available to qualified individuals. An excellent source of information about aid is available at the Graduate Education Resource page: https://grad.calpoly.edu/resources/financial-opportunities/financial-opportunities.htmlNew for 2023-24: We are also pleased to offer MBA Access Grants, a new opportunity for need-based financial aid. Applicants to the MBA program must complete the FAFSA application to be considered for this and other sources of support.Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to Cal Poly’s Financial Aid office.
- Are there any MBA courses offered online?
No, at this time all MBA courses are on-campus.
- When are classes held?
Courses are offered face-to-face during daytime hours typically on Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for team projects, guest speakers, career services and other extracurricular pursuits.
- When do I choose my pace for the program?
Once accepted and admitted into the program, students will be contacted by the program director asking for their selected pace (10-month vs Even Paced) prior to the start of fall intersession.