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  • Application Deadline:
    April 1st.
  • File Completion Deadline:
    May 1st.

Admission FAQs

Are there any prerequisite courses required for admission into the MBA program, since I possess no business background?
No. The program has been carefully designed to provide students, without a business education, all the business skills, knowledge and competencies needed to be successful business leaders.

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Admission Information for an MBA Degree

The Orfalea College of Business MBA Program is designed so that students holding an undergraduate degree in any discipline may qualify for admission consideration into the MBA Program. Successful completion of an undergraduate program/degree, from an accredited institution, is required prior to the start of the MBA program.

  • CSU Mentor Application
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended.
    Please send directly to the Admissions Office
    Admission Office
    Cal Poly State university
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031
    Note: 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.
  • GMAT or GRE exam results
Please submit the following documents through the appropriate link to the program which you are applying to via the Interfolio Website.
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • (1) Confidential Letters of Recommendation
MBA-General Management: www.apply.interfolio.com/22191
MBA-Graphic Communication Document Systems Mgmt.: www.apply.interfolio.com/23679

  • CSU Mentor Application
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended.
    All official transcripts MUST be submitted in the native language and accompanied by a certified English translation. The translator MUST be certified by one of the following:
    • Institute for International Education (IIE)
    • Amideast
    • Saudi Arabian Education Mission
    • United States embassy or consulate
    Your international academic credentials MUST also be evaluated by one of the following agencies. You will be responsible for arranging the evaluation of your international academic credentials and having the evaluation sent to the Admissions Office.

    Agencies Agency Report Required
    American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) Basic Statement of Comparability
    Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI) Basic Report
    World Education Services, Inc. (WES) Document-by-Document Report
    International Education Research Foundation (IERF) General Report
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores
    Applicants whose undergraduate work consist primarily in a language other than English, must take either the combined TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination. TOEFL Scores must be at least 550 on a paper-based test, at least 213 on a computer-based test, or at least 80 on the new internet-based exam. IELTS scores must be at least 7.0.

    Scores are waived for the following countries:
    Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Gambia,Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, New Zealand, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Educational Testing Service (TOEFL)
Please mail official transcripts and evaluation results as well as your TOEFL or IELTS directly to the following address:
Admission Office
Cal Poly State university
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031
  • GMAT or GRE exam results
  • Additional Requirements
    In addition to the items above, you will be required to submit documents in order to receive your I-20. Please find the necessary forms and instructions for these additional documents at the website for International Education and Programs.
Please submit the following documents through the appropriate link to the program which you are applying to via the Interfolio Website.
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • (1) Confidential Letters of Recommendation
MBA-General Management: www.apply.interfolio.com/22191
MBA-Graphic Communication Document Systems Mgmt.: www.apply.interfolio.com/23679

(Tracks restricted to Cal Poly students currently in the related undergraduate program)

Please submit the following documents through the appropriate link to the program which you are applying to via the Interfolio Website.
  • Application: Due to the nature of the restricted option to begin taking MBA courses, MBA in Architectural Management and MBA in Landscape Architecture Management candidates CANNOT use the online application. Instead, the process begins by downloading the paper application form(located on the CSU Mentor web site) and submitting it through the interfolio website.
  • A copy of your Cal Poly transcript (unofficial via Poly Profile is acceptable)
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • (1) Confidential Letters of Recommendation
  • A comprehensive list of ALL remaining courses that will be taken prior to the completion (awarding) of your undergraduate degree. This list MUST be comprehensive and include course title, number of units and quarter and year each course will be completed.
MBA Landscape Architecture Management: www.apply.interfolio.com/23706
MBA Architecture Management: www.apply.interfolio.com/23703