MS Business Analytics FAQs

  • Do I need a specific undergraduate degree to apply?

    We do not require a specific undergraduate degree. Successful candidates will have a strong technical aptitude with training in statistics, calculus, and computing. Strong communication skills and motivation are also highly valued

  • Are minimum GMAT or GRE scores required?

    There are no specific minimum scores on these test scores; but a high score makes your application more competitive. If your first attempt was not your best, you may retake the test to try to do better, and we will only take your best score into consideration. Most successful applicants will have scores in the 75th percentile or above. Particular emphasis is placed on the quantitative portion of the score for this program. However, we consider all elements of an application including GMAT or GRE scores, GPA, courses taken as an undergraduate, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.

  • Is the MS in Business Analytics a STEM designated program?

    Yes, the MS in Business Analytics is recognized as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designated program by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. That means F-1 students in our program who meet the requirements can apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT (for a total of 36 months).

    Please visit the USCIS site here, or contact the Cal Poly International Center for further information at

  • Are any courses offered online?

    No. This is a full-time on-campus program.

  • Is there any financial assistance available?

    Please check Cal Poly’s financial aid web site for your options in this regard. Generally, only financial aid in the form of loans is available for this program to those students who qualify. However, private scholarships or grants, veteran’s benefits, or other funding sources are accepted. Please contact Financial Aid at (805) 756-2927 for details.

  • Can I apply to start this program in the spring or winter quarters?

    No, it is a one-year cohort program that starts with a fall intersession (August– September) followed by the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

  • Will I have access to the Recreation Center and Health Center during Intersession?

    No. You will be charged mandatory fees for access to the Rec Center and the Health during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only.  For Intersession, you may purchase a pass directly from the Rec Center to gain access to the Rec Center; you will not be able to access the Health Center during Fall Intersession.