Graduate Business Programs

CBA Graduate Programs FAQs

We will be accepting applications for the MBA, MSA, and MSIS programs for the Fall 2020 semester beginning October 1, 2019 via Cal State Apply.  Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted via Cal State Apply. It is recommended that applicants who do not have undergraduate degree in business and/or International applicants apply early.


Semester Application Deadline Supporting Documents Due
Fall 2020 (MBA & MSA) July 1, 2020 July 1, 2020
Fall 2020 (MSIS) July 1, 2020 August 1, 2020
Spring 2021 (MSA General only) November 1, 2020 December 1, 2020

General Admissions Requirements for MBA Program

  • 4 year Bachelor's Degree
  • 2.5 overall GPA 
  • No GMAT or GRE is currently required 
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 2+ years of work experience
  • TOEFL (If required) 213 Computer Based/550 Paper Based/80 Internet-Based or the IELTS with a score of 6.5 or better
**A GPA under the recommended 3.0 may be considered if it offset by a higher GMAT or GRE score.

General Admissions Requirements for MSIS Program

  • Resume
  • 4 Year Bachelor's Degree
  • 2.5 overall GPA recommended
  • GMAT or GRE taken in the last five year.
  • GMAT is waived if one of the following is satisfied. To request a GMAT waiver, send your resume and transcript to MSIS program coordinator (Dr. Zhongming Ma,
    • Bachelor's degree in Information Systems or closely related field, or
    • 3.0 or higher of GPA in Bachelor’s degree, or
    • 4+ years of relevant work experience, or
    • Previous post graduate degree (e.g., MBA, MS, Ph.D., J.D.), or
    • 3.0 or higher of 3 years’ GPA for students of 3+1+Master program.
  • English language proficiency (If required):
    • TOEFL (If required) 213 Computer Based/550 Paper Based/80 Internet Based, or
    • IELTS 6.5 or
    • CPELI Level 6 (Cal Poly English Language Institute)

General Admissions Requirements for the MSA Program

  • 4 Year Bachelor's Degree
  • 3.0 overall GPA (recommended)
  • GMAT or GRE score taken in the last five year, or a department issued waiver*
    • *Students with an Accounting degree from an AACSB Accredited Institution, earned within the last seven years with a minimum Accounting GPA of 3.25 may waive the GMAT.  Those applicants are subject to all other admission requirements.
  • TOEFL (If required) 213 Computer Based/550 Paper Based/80 Internet Based or the IELTS with a score of 6.5 or better
**A GPA under the recommended 3.0 may be considered if it offset by a higher GMAT or GRE score.

For international applicants, the same general admissions requirements as stated above apply. However, international applicants are also required to provide the following information in addition to the CSU application: 

  •  Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Agreement to Purchase Cal Poly Pomona Group Health Insurance
  • Supplementary Information of International (VISA) applicants

Please contact Admissions & Enrollment for more information on international admissions.

Unfortunately BroncoDirect does not show if our offices have received your supporting documentation, therefore you should call our office at (909) 869-2363 or email us at However, if we are missing one or all of your supporting documents, we will inform you through mail or e-mail which items are missing.

Documents are to be sent to two separate locations:
Your official transcripts and TOEFL scores are to be sent to the Admissions & Enrollment Planning at:  

Admissions & Enrollment Planning
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768 

Your resume, two Letters of Recommendation, and GMAT/GRE scores should be uploaded to you Cal State Apply  application.
Items can also be emailed to:  or mailed to the Graduate Business Administration office at: 

Graduate Business Administration
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Information on how to sign up for the GMAT can be found at:

When you complete your application for admission, you are given access to information on BroncoDirect where you can log into our system. You will need to claim your account in order to have access to BroncoDirect. Once you are logged in on the right hand side there is a link under Admissions called “View my Application Status.” This link will enable you to view where your application is currently standing in the admissions process.

If you received your BA/BS degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona or any AACSB accredited institution within the last 10 years, all prerequisites will be satisfied and you can start directly on the program coursework.  The MBA consists of 45 quarter units and can be completed in as little as six quarters based on the number of successfully completed courses per quarter.

We currently do not have any available information sessions. However, you are welcome to contact the Graduate Office or one of our Graduate Advisors for more information about our programs at 909-869-2363.

At Cal Poly Pomona, we offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of working professionals: 
  •  The General MBA:  provides a student with a broad-based business curriculum.  The program provides education for managerial positions in business, industry, and government.  The degree program also enables those students already in responsible positions to update their skills for advancement in the organizations where they are currently employed.

  • The Master’s of Science in Information Security: is provided for people who wish to pursue a career in IT auditing, security, and forensics.

Regardless of what program you decide to choose, all of our programs are AACSB accredited

All of our programs are catered towards working professionals, therefore all of our Graduate Business Administration (GBA) courses are offered one night a week from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

All of our Graduate Business Programs consist of the following format:

  • Prerequisite Courses
  • Core Courses,
  • Elective Courses,
  • and a Terminal Option (Business Research Project, Master’s Thesis, or Comprehensive Exam). 

Prerequisite courses are required to promote success in the core classes.  These requirements will be determined upon review of the student’s academic transcripts.  Completion of prerequisites is not required prior to admission into the program.  However, prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the 600-level core courses.  A student may have prerequisites waived if they meet the following criteria, however we do suggest that you meet with one of our advisors to ensure that you may waive prerequisite classes: 

  1. A grade of “B” or better has been received for each undergraduate equivalent course. 
  2. Equivalent coursework has been completed in the past seven years.
  3. When two equivalent courses are required both courses must have been taken.  
  4. For students with a conferred business degree from an AACSB accredited institution within the last 10 years, all prerequisites are satisfied.

Graduate students are eligible for both scholarships and financial aid. For more information about scholarships, FAFSA and different types of financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website at:

The following link will provide you with the current cost of tuition at Cal Poly Pomona for residents and non-residents

Once you attain your MBA, MSA, or MSIS from Cal Poly Pomona you are eligible to join our Alumni Association. With over 300 active members, the College of Business Administration Alumni Chapter comprises the largest alumni chapter at Cal Poly Pomona. Our members are some of the most successful people in Southern California and beyond. The CBA Alumni Chapter provides excellent professional and social networking opportunities for its members, including the prestigious Annual MBA Alumni Summit and the exciting Annual Alumni Night at the Ballpark. Our members are actively involved in professional development, mentoring, and community partnerships and are willing to share their expertise with you. Whether you are already at the height of your career or are working your way up the ladder of success, we encourage you to join our esteemed and fun group!

Striking the perfect balance between urban excitement and rural charm, Cal Poly Pomona is nestled in 1,428 rolling acres in the heart of sunny Southern California. With 2,600 faculty and staff to serve 20,000 students, Cal Poly Pomona’s mission is to advance knowledge by linking theory and practice while preparing students for leadership and careers in a multicultural world. The university champions an approach that places learning at the center of every program, course, and activity on campus. Students are afforded opportunities to apply their knowledge through hands-on projects, collaborate with faculty members on research, and participate in valuable internships and service-learning programs. 

The Cal Poly Pomona College of Business Administration has earned accreditation from AACSB—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  AACSB is the sole business accrediting agency recognized by the Commission of Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation. An AACSB accreditation is the highest accreditation a college of business can achieve and represents an independent verification of the high quality education provided.  This quality extends throughout our program encompassing program admissions standards, faculty utilization and curriculum content.   

The AACSB accreditation also assures current and prospective employees that Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Business Program graduates come from a program where content and quality have been evaluated and satisfy established standards.  In industries located overseas, the need to distinguish between programs is more acute and accreditation is even more valuable.  An employer can also be confident that a Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Business student’s course of study includes an understanding of today’s complex business environment.