MBA 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.



The program delivers core competencies in all aspects of management empowering graduates to occupy positions in industry, government, and not-for-profits. Wide-ranging courses in the essentials of economics, finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, organizational behavior, and operations management form the backbone of the program. Electives in areas such as people analytics, negotiations, and entrepreneurship support the exploration of particular interests.

Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

As an MBA student at Cal Poly, you will also have access to Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).  The CIE helps students and community members acquire the tools, develop the skills and cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur so that they may create economic and social value throughout the world. While it can mean starting a new business, entrepreneurial careers can be found or created in just about every field, industry, and organization.

Business Analytics Professional Certificate Program

MBA students can apply to add a Professional Certificate in Business Analytics to their studies, with 12 units being double-counted as MBA electives.  This allows students to gain a competitive edge with advanced technical skills without a significant increase in course load.

Graduate Students in Business Association 

Student engagement is a vital component of the Orfalea MBA program. MBA students are considered key contributors to their professional journey. The Graduate Students in Business Association (GSBA) is organized and run by Orfalea College of Business graduate students, and serves as a forum to exert a powerful influence on their program and careers.

The GSBA serves many functions. First and foremost it provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other outside the constraints of the classroom. Partnerships are struck up. Skillsets are shared, along with the personal learning experiences that accompany them. Business acumen is increased through stimulating conversations. Diversity in thought and people is experienced first-hand and up-close. Long lasting friendships are forged.

Through a GSBA administered Speaker Series students interact with business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, alumni, and personal development coaches. Social events provide for student-faculty interactions that extend beyond and contextualize classroom learning. Finally, the GSBA contributes to the planning and organization of company visits and tours during the academic year to enhance learning and personal reflection on career choices. The GSBA offers a sense of belonging and camaraderie that extends far beyond the time spent at Orfalea College of Business.

Graduate students interested in holding leadership positions are encouraged to run for officer positions. In addition to building relationships among peers, participation in the GSBA renders valuable networking opportunities to help build professional networks.

Alumni Profile – Rachel Maiorino