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About MBA

About MBA

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.

Our MBA program offers students a technically sound business foundation along with experiential learning, helping maximize skill development and individual potential. Employers recognize our graduates for their forward-looking managerial skillset coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude. The professionalism and situational readiness emphasized in the program paves the way for a seamless transition from the world of Learn by Doing—Cal Poly’s signature teaching philosophy—to the world of doing business.

Application /
Important Dates

  • Apr 1, 2021

    Application Deadline for Fall 2021 (International Applicants)

  • Jun 1, 2021

    Application Deadline for Fall 2021

  • Aug 10, 2020

    Program Start Date - Accelerated Programs

Key Features

OCOB Classroom

Uniquely Cal Poly

We believe in treating individuals like individuals, and insist on a focused engagement with students, colleagues and faculty, made possible by small class sizes, 3:1 student/faculty ratios, opportunities for interaction, and flexibility to align instruction to student priorities.

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Hands-On Field Trips

Regular field trips provide students the opportunity to experience a variety of businesses and business cultures firsthand. Students find these visits immensely informative, eye-opening and often return enthused to consider new and different career paths.

OCOB Graduation

Accelerated Pace

The pace of business is fast, as is our intensive 10-month program option, immersing students quickly into the world of business while delivering core competencies that ultimately lead to great positions in industry, government and non-profits upon graduation.


Ziemowit Bednarek

Ziemowit Bednarek

Associate Professor of Finance

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Adam Bordeman

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Chris Carr

Chris Carr

Professor of Business Law and Public Policy

Alfred Castillo

Assistant Professor Mgmt, HR & Info Systems

Leida Chen

Leida Chen

Professor Mgmt, HR & Info Systems

Ahmed Deif

Ahmed Deif

Associate Professor Industrial Technology

Allison Ellis

Assistant Professor, Management and Human Resources

Eric Fisher

Professor of Economics

Bruce Greenbaum

Bruce Greenbaum

Assistant Professor Mgmt, HR & Info Systems

Jeff Hess

Associate Professor of Marketing

Sanjiv Jaggia

Sanjiv Jaggia

Professor of Economics and Finance

James Kaney

Adjunct Accounting Faculty

William Lindsay

Adjunct Economics Faculty

Aric Shafran

Aric Shafran

Professor of Economics and Economics Area Chair

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Abraham B. (Rami) Shani

Professor of Mgmt, Organization Change & Development

Lisa Sperow

Director – Low Income Taxpayer Clinic; Accounting Lecturer

Taryn Stanko

Taryn Stanko

Associate Professor Mgmt, HR & Info Systems

Calvin Stevens

Calvin Stevens

Adjunct Faculty in Management, HR, and Information Systems

Jonathan York

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

Curriculum Overview

Wide-ranging courses in the essentials of economics, finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, organizational behavior and operations management form the program’s backbone. Electives in areas such as people analytics, negotiations, data management and entrepreneurship support the exploration...

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Program Specifics

Our MBA candidates are selected with care. We look for bright, hard-working, talented and one-of- a- kind individuals. We hold that unique experiences and perspectives enhance the collective intelligence of each cohort. Learn more about the program to see if it sounds like the right fit for you.    ...

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Graduate Program Events

OCOB Graduate Programs Virtual Info Session (10/30/20)

Learn about the MS Packaging Value Chain Program!


October 30, 2020

OCOB Graduate Programs Virtual Info Session (12/14/20)

Learn about the MS Quantitative Economics Program!


December 14, 2020

OCOB Graduate Programs Virtual Info Session (11/5/20)

Learn about the MS Business Analytics Program!


November 5, 2020

Student Profiles

Nikki Kong

MBA / Certificate in Business Analytics

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Adorina Beit Tchoutcheca

Adorina Beit-Tchoutcheca,

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Charles Hu

Charles Hu,
MBA / MS Engineering Management

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Nandan Thor

Nandan Thor,
MBA / MS Industrial Engineering

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