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"The atmosphere of the Cal Poly MBA Program is very inviting. The MBA Faculty really go out of their way to help their students succeed. Because of the small class size, faculty are dedicated to students' success, both academically and professionally."
Sarah Vesey
MBA, Class of 2004

MBA Students

Cal Poly MBA Program: Traditional MBA

Complete the MBA in Four or More Quarters

Under this design students take four, five or six regular academic quarters to complete the program depending on how they structure and schedule their coursework. This option can be used to pursue an MBA degree without taking the full 16 units per quarter, pursuing the MBA degree on a part-time basis, or pursuing the MBA simultaneously with another masters' degree program (see Dual Degree).
  • MBA - General Management (60 units)
  • MBA - Graphic Communication Document Systems Management (64 units)
  • MBA - Architectural Management Track (60 units)*
  • MBA - Landscape Architectural Management Track (60 units)*
*Options restricted to existing Cal Poly Architecture students only.

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MBA Program Highlights

The MBA Program provides students with scheduling flexibility by allowing them to spread out their studies over a longer period of time. This may in turn open up part-time employment opportunities or allow for more involvement in university and student club activities.

Part-Time Pursuit of Degree
The MBA Program provides students, with work schedule flexibility, the option to pursue their degree on a part-time basis. While courses are typically offered during daytime hours, working professionals with work hour flexibility can choose to pursue their degree using this option. Classes typically meet Monday through Thursday. Friday's are reserved for team projects, guest speakers, career services and other extracurricular pursuits.

Opportunity Cost
For some students, the MBA Program will mean additional tuition for the extra quarter(s) of study, room and board, entertainment and lost income from not being in the work force on a full-time basis, etc.

Course Scheduling
Due to the structured nature of the program, all courses are offered only once per year. Required courses will remain consistent from year to year. However, it is possible that elective courses may not be offered at the desired level or volume, depending on how the student designs/schedules their course work.