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Fall 2022 Application Period:
International Applicants: October 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022
Domestic Applicants: October 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

MBA Application Details

  • Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Costs
Fall 2022 Application Period:
International Applicants: October 1, 2021 to April 1, 20221
Domestic Applicants: October 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • All applications and supplemental items must be received by the deadline.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and you are encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible.
  • We accept applications for fall quarter admission only.


Prior to the program start date, an applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association. Technology, Engineering, Math or Liberal Arts degree holders are preferred.


A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 U.S.A. scale) with particular emphasis placed on the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) is required to apply.

Meeting the minimum may not be sufficient to obtain admission. The program is competitive and most successful applicants will have a GPA above 3.0.

Work Experience:

Prior work experience, while desirable and taken into consideration for admissions decisions, is not required.

English Proficiency for International Students:
International applicants are required to submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) in order to apply. The exam must have been taken within the last two years and a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS is required. Most successful applications will have qualification better than the minimum.

Cal Poly is temporarily accepting scores from Duolingo. ​​​​​​Undergraduate and graduate students who are required to demonstrate English proficiency for fall 2022 can make use of this expanded policy or submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, if they are available. A Duolingo score of 115 will meet Cal Poly’s current standard.

More information can be found HERE

The application is completed and submitted via the Cal State Apply web site. A non-refundable fee of $70 (USD) is required.

On Cal State Apply you will submit each of the required items listed below:

Statement of purpose:
Summarize your career objectives, experience and reason for interest in this degree program

A resume including education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications, if any, and memberships

Letter of recommendation:
Three (3) confidential letters from a professor or manager/supervisor

Test scores:
The GRE or GMAT is required for the MBA program. International applicants must also provide either a TOEFL or IELTS score. Official score reports must be sent to institution code R4038.

Undergraduate transcript(s):
When to Submit Transcripts
Graduate applicants must send official transcripts (from degree granting institution), including work in progress course work by the application deadline. Transcripts must be sent directly from your former institution.

Once selected, Cal Poly will also need your final transcripts that includes your graduation date as soon as possible in order to certify your enrollment and allow you to register for classes.

International Transcripts
If any of your education was completed outside of the U.S. and the transcript is not in English, your official transcripts must be submitted in the native language accompanied by a certified English translation. The translator must be certified by one of the following:

  • Institute for International Education (IIE)
  • United States embassy or consulate

International transcripts may also need an independent evaluation of the international credentials . If this is required, you must pay the cost of the evaluation.

How to Submit Transcripts
Cal Poly will accept electronic transcripts via the following:

  • Parchment
  • Docufide
  • Naviance
  • National Student Clearing House
  • eScript-Safe
  • Military Services

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through another service, have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

You may also send official transcripts by mail to:
Cal Poly
Transcript Processing
MC 1001
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Note: Official transcripts are not needed from students who received their undergraduate degree from Cal Poly and have not attended any other colleges or universities since their graduation from Cal Poly.

The tables below outline program costs for academic year 2020-2021, excluding books, room and board, and other personal expenses.  Fees are estimates and are subject to change.

Accelerated 10-Month MBA Program (total program cost)

Program Costs Breakdown (total)


California Residents

Out-of-State U.S. Residents


Tuition & Registration Fees

$ 17,865

$ 30,537

$ 30,537

Professional Fees

$ 8,640

$ 8,640

$ 8,640

International Fee

$ 900

International Health Insurance

$ 1,565



$ 39,177

$ 41,642

* Reflects total program cost, including Intersession 

Traditional Two Year MBA Program (total program cost)

Program Costs Breakdown (total)


California Residents

Out-of-State U.S. Residents


Tuition & Registration Fees

$ 23,010

$ 38,850

$ 38,850

Professional Fees

$ 10,800

$ 10,800

$ 10,800

International Fee

$ 1,800

International Health Insurance

$ 2,832


$ 33,810

$ 49,650

$ 54,282

Admissions Deadlines

Application Period for Fall 2022 Opens

Oct 1, 2021

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2022

Feb 1, 2022

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 (International Applicants)

Apr 1, 2022

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 (Domestic Students)

Jun 1, 2022


Admissions FAQs

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...

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...

Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score?

Every cohort is different. We don’t have a minimum required score, however a GMAT score...


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