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Applications for Fall 2019 will be accepted beginning October 1, 2018
Priority application deadline - February 1, 2019
Final application deadline - April 1, 2019

MBA Application Details

  • Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Costs

Applications are accepted from October 1 through April 1. All applications and supplemental items must be received by April 1.

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.

A list of helpful hints for completing the online application can be found HERE.


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 scale) with particular emphasis placed on the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) is required.

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.

The application is completed and submitted via the Cal State Apply web site. A non-refundable fee of $55 (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: 

Either GRE or GMAT score are accepted. International applicants must also provide either a TOEFL or IELTS score. Official score reports must be sent to institution code 4038.

Undergraduate transcript(s):

Copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities are to be uploaded onto the application.

In addition, official transcripts need to be mailed to:

Cal Poly Admissions Office
1 Grand AVE
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031

Cal Poly will accept transcripts received via Parchment. If your school is registered with Parchment, please select Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as your institution and your transcripts will be sent directly to us.

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through a provider other than Parchment, please have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

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 2018-2019, 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

$ 17,625

$ 30,297

$ 30,297

Professional Fees

$ 8,640

$ 8,640

$ 8,640

International Fee

$ 900

International Health Insurance

$ 1,290


$ 26,265

$ 38,937

$ 41,127


Traditional Two Year MBA Program (total program cost)

Program Costs Breakdown (total)


California Residents

Out-of-State U.S. Residents


Tuition & Registration Fees

$ 22,452

$ 38,292

$ 38,292

Professional Fees

$ 10,800

$ 10,800

$ 10,800

International Fee

$ 1,800

International Health Insurance

$ 2,330


$ 33,252

$ 49,092

$ 53,222

Admissions Deadlines

Application Period for Fall 2019 Opens

Oct 1, 2018

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2019

Feb 1, 2019

Final Application Deadline for Fall 2019

Apr 1, 2019


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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If you are ready to enhance your career by earning an advanced degree, you are encouraged to apply to Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with completing your application. You may use the contact form above, or email us at

We hope you will be joining us on the beautiful California Central Coast soon!