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Orfalea College of Business

Cal Poly business degrees rank among the top ten in the nation for return on investment.


The Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) prepares career-ready business leaders through hands-on discovery and dedicated mentorship. A curriculum infused with cutting edge technology trends, and supplemented by cultural and social service experience, gives students the knowledge and experience needed to thrive in California and the global economy. Our graduates are innovative problem solvers, prepared to excel in a variety of business roles and catalyze positive change, wherever they are.

Majors

Graduate Programs

With a reputation for top academics, unmatched hands-on experiences and a superior return on investment, Cal Poly’s graduate business programs provide a clear pathway to career success in today’s fast-paced world of business.

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Explore Our Majors

Cal Poly's six academic colleges offer more than 60 majors for you to consider.

We require students to declare a major as part of the application process in order to maximize their experience in their chosen field from Day One. While changing your major may be possible, we recommend you explore majors thoroughly before making your choice.

Learn by Doing

Our curriculum is built with industry in mind and puts learning into action, giving you a thorough knowledge of your field. Concepts in class are immediately put to use tackling genuine business problems. You are able to partner with real clients, enter projects in national and industrial competitions, and start your own profitable companies. By learning how to build, collaborate, create, develop and strategize, you acquire the in-demand skills necessary for success in the ever-changing business landscape.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) students planning a new business

Launch a Business

Develop, plan and launch a business with resources and support from faculty and professionals.

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Manage a Portfolio

Using more than $500,000 in real funds, you will learn to develop a comprehensive investment strategy.

COB students developing a product

Develop a Product

Design, develop, build and launch a product while managing all aspects of its production.

Student Services & career readiness

Whether tackling business problems in the classroom, networking on industry tours, or diving into summer internships, everything our students do is career-oriented. Our graduates go on to careers in accounting, law, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, government agencies, teaching, financial services, corporate finance, real estate, manufacturing, technology, human resources, consulting and more and are consistently hired by a wide range of industry leaders. Through academic advising, internships, career readiness and more, we help our students move towards achieving their goals and finding their place in the world after graduation. 

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Cal Poly and the Orfalea College of Business are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in business, in our classrooms and in our communities.

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Faculty

Cyrus A. Ramezani, Professor of Finance, with class

Orfalea faculty teach concepts for practical application, not just rote memorization.

Our faculty’s instruction is informed by years of industry experience and a thorough, real-world knowledge of the material. With research and expertise covering groundbreaking trends in technology like analytics and A.I. incorporated into their classroom activities, they create lessons that reflect relevant business issues and challenges.

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News and Events

Keep up with the latest news, events and projects from the Orfalea College of Business’ students, alumni and faculty.

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Business Magazine

Read longform features, interviews, profiles and other exciting business stories from Cal Poly and beyond.

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