California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Introduction

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Founded in 1901, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is one of five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the U.S., with about 18,000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students.

Cal Poly maintains a guiding philosophy of “Learn By Doing” that is reflected in the school’s comprehensive curriculum combining technical and professional training with the arts and humanities. This prepares students to become resourceful professionals and innovative leaders from the moment they step foot on campus.

As one of the most selective universities in the California State University (CSU) system, Cal Poly consistently ranks “Best in the West” by U.S. News and World Report and is considered one of “The Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money Magazine.

Accreditation

Cal Poly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) every ten years. During the accreditation process, Cal Poly completes a self-study process, where we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of our programs—both curricular and co-curricular. The vehicle for doing this is the self-study, which asks us to define an inquiry that can measurably improve student learning, an exercise in collaboration and in thinking that is both critical and creative, to cite our own University Learning Objectives.

Awards

  • #1 Public-Master's University in the West by U.S. News. 22 consecutive years
  • #70 out of 1,500 colleges for "best overall value"
  • #13 among public schools for graduates' median salaries
  • #7 among public universities for return on investment
  • #4 in the nation for Aerospace & Computer Engineering
  • #5 in the nation for ROI, Orfalea College of Business
  • #1 in the nation for Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering
  • #3 in the nation for Civil Engineering
  • #1 in the nation for Architecture and Design
  • #4 Aerospace Engineering program in the nation for universities that do not offer a doctorate
  • Top 10 colleges for highest paid graduates in the field of Education

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a pleasant, progressive city of about 46,000 on California's Central Coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The city and university share a neighborly, small-campus, small-town feeling and one of the finest natural environments anywhere. Sparkling-clear air and a climate that's temperate year-round blend with majestic peaks, quiet valleys, and the nearby ocean to create an exhilarating environment that is ideal for learning and growing.

Another key feature contributing to the city's great quality of life is the delightful downtown. The heart of downtown is Mission Plaza with its wonderful creek side setting and beautifully restored mission. This historic plaza is complemented by a bustling downtown offering great shopping, outdoor and indoor dining, night life, and its famous Thursday Night Farmers' Market. San Luis Obispo won Sunset magazines's "Best Downtown" in the West designation.

We are a friendly place and encourage you to visit with us in person. Come to the campus and see the true richness of the educational possibilities at Cal Poly and the simply wonderful natural environment of San Luis Obispo and California's Central Coast.

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Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The Architectural Engineering Specialization was developed for those individuals interested in strengthening their understanding of structural behavior, becoming more familiar with the relationship between structures, architecture, and construction, plus becoming familiar with current design and analysis trends in the structural engineering profession. The program is ideal for continuing engineering students and for individuals who have graduated and wish to re-enter academia after gaining valuable work experience. [+]

About the Programn

The Architectural Engineering (ARCE) specialization was developed for those individuals interested in strengthening their understanding of structural behavior, becoming more familiar with the relationship between structures, architecture, and construction, plus becoming familiar with current design and analysis trends in the structural engineering profession.

The program is ideal for continuing engineering students and for individuals who have graduated and wish to re-enter academia after gaining valuable work experience. For those students still enrolled at Cal Poly-SLO there is an option to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Science with an Architectural Engineering Specialization simultaneously.... [-]


Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

This degree program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required.

The Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly takes Learn by Doing seriously. Over three-fourths of our courses include a lab section. That means our students spend most of their time out in the field collecting data or in the lab running experiments on modern equipment – not sitting at desks.... [-]


Master of Science in Business Analytics

Campus Full time 10 months September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The M.S. in Business Analytics is a comprehensive, 10-month interdisciplinary business degree program that encompasses economics, finance, accounting, marketing, and information systems. The program offers a holistic approach to data analytics, combining qualitative reasoning with quantitative tools to identify key business problems and translate data analytics into decisions that improve business performance. Students will acquire broad training in all aspects of business analytics with particular emphasis on industry projects, statistical modeling and communication. [+]

Why a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics?

In the increasingly competitive marketplace, organizations need business leaders who can make decisions informed by disparate sources of data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data analyst’s job category is expected to be one of the fastest-growing career fields and demand will continue to outpace available talent.

McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by 2018 in the US alone, there will be a shortage of 140,000-190,000 people with analytical expertise, and a shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts with the expertise to make decisions based on the analysis of big data.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the Orfalea College of Business offers its students an incredible opportunity to gain the knowledge, tools, and decision making skills to solve businesses’ most pressing problems while advancing their professional careers in the exciting and fast growing field of data analytics.... [-]


Master of Science in City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The MCRP Program cultivates talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comrehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Science in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program cultivates talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comrehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.

General Characteristics

The Master of City & Regional Planning degree (MCRP) is an applied, comprehensive, and professionally-based program. It is open to students with high standards of academic achievement who wish to pursue careers in city and regional planning. It is structured to prepare graduates to function in a general context of city planning, as well as in an area of special emphasis. The core courses cover planning theory, methods, law, and formulation and implementation of plans and policies.... [-]


Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare its students for successful careers in civil engineering by providing a high quality, practice-oriented education that emphasizes design project experiences, "hands-on" laboratory activities, and teamwork. [+]

Cal Poly Graduate Education

About the Program

The mission of the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program is to prepare its students for successful careers in civil engineering by providing a high quality, practice-oriented education that emphasizes design project experiences, "hands-on" laboratory activities, and teamwork.

The Civil Engineering Program's faculty, in consultation with engineering practitioners and alumni, have developed five educational objectives to support the program mission. The educational objectives represent the goals that we have for our graduates after they leave Cal Poly. The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering Program are as follows:... [-]


Master of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The MS program in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in several areas of emphasis including software engineering, computer architecture, programming languages, theory of computing, operating systems, database systems, distributed computing, computer networks, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and human computer interaction. The program is designed for maximum flexibility to allow students to concentrate in one or more areas of study. [+]

Develop an Expertise in Computer Science

Welcome to Graduate Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California

The MS program in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in several areas of emphasis including software engineering, computer architecture, programming languages, theory of computing, operating systems, database systems, distributed computing, computer networks, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and human computer interaction. The program is designed for maximum flexibility to allow students to concentrate in one or more areas of study.

Eligibility for admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and good standing at the last college attended. Applicants must have successfully completed introductory and upper-division Computer Science coursework in the amount equivalent to a Computer Science minor.... [-]


Master of Science in Engineering Management

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

MS Engineering Management is a concurrent degree program that includes courses in our MBA program and the MS Engineering program with a specialization in Integrated Technology Management. Students are required to have a prerequisite undergraduate bachelor's degree in a field of engineering or equivalent technical. The program’s goal is to develop high quality industry-ready graduates who will be facilitators of societal change and integrators of engineering and business principles. [+]

Master Program Designed for Engineers Who Want to do Business

Welcome to Graduate Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California

MS Engineering Management is a concurrent degree program that includes courses in our MBA program and the MS Engineering program with a specialization in Integrated Technology Management. Students are required to have a prerequisite undergraduate bachelor's degree in a field of engineering or equivalent technical. The program’s goal is to develop high quality industry-ready graduates who will be facilitators of societal change and integrators of engineering and business principles. In-class experiences include numerous simulations of management decision-making scenarios, case studies, team exercises, extensive interaction with faculty along with personal communication and presentation skills enhancement. The coursework is designed to provide managers with the ability to make data-supported, ethical decisions. A large fraction of our recent graduates have landed positions in high-tech, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies to design and improve business operations.... [-]


Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

As noted at the website of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers: Fire protection engineers use science and technology to protect people, property and businesses from destructive fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affects people, buildings and property. [+]

What is a Fire Protection Engineer?

As noted at the website of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers: Fire protection engineers use science and technology to protect people, property and businesses from destructive fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affects people, buildings and property. Fire protection engineers use the latest technologies to:

Design systems that control fires, alert people to danger and provide means for escape; Evaluate buildings to pinpoint the risks of fires and the means to prevent them; Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and construction materials; Investigate fires to discover how fire spreads, why protective measures failed, and how those measures could have been designed more effectively. ... [-]

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MS IE) program is designed to prepare students for a successful career in industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research. Through the MS IE program, students will sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers. [+]

Cal Poly Graduate Education

About the Program

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) program is designed to prepare students for a successful career in industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-doing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research. Through the MS IE program, students will sharpen both technical skills and non-technical skills required for success in their careers.

The graduate programs in the IME department are designed to prepare students for a successful carreer in industry as well as a further study in a Ph.D. program, building on its strength in learn-by-foing and project-based engineering education and focusing on applied research.... [-]


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The master’s program of Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly is designed to prepare you to work in research or product design. It provides a system level foundation of knowledge and students can select an area of emphasis based on their specific area of technological interest. [+]

Master the Skills of Product Design

Welcome to Graduate Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California

The master’s program of Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly is designed to prepare you to work in research or product design. It provides a system level foundation of knowledge and students can select an area of emphasis based on their specific area of technological interest. Degree candidates can select a thesis option or a non-thesis option. Graduates will develop competency in advanced mathematics, formulate system level solutions to problems, and develop effective communication and project management skills. Career opportunities can be found in automotive, computers, electronics, aviation, defense, HVAC, petroleum, food production, and many other fields.... [-]


Master of Science in Polymers and Coatings

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The M.S. in Polymers and Coatings Science offers a unique program closely tied to industry. Students gain academic preparation in polymers and coatings science through lecture and laboratory courses, then conduct a rigorous industrial internship or industry sponsored research. While on the internship, students specialize and develop advanced skills through directed study in areas related to their internship work. The program is designed to efficiently prepare students for challenging careers in the polymers and coatings industry. [+]

About the Program

The Masters of Science in Polymers and Coatings Science offers a unique program closely tied to industry. Students gain academic preparation in polymers and coatings science through lecture and laboratory courses, then conduct a rigorous industrial internship or industry sponsored research. While on the internship, students specialize and develop advanced skills through directed study in areas related to their internship work. The program is designed to efficiently prepare students for challenging careers in the polymers and coatings industry. The program also provides an excellent background for doctoral studies in areas related to polymer and coatings science. This program is unique in California and relies on the close relationship between the department and the polymers and coatings industry for its success.... [-]


Master of Science in Psychology

Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a 90-quarter unit professional degree program that fulfills the educational requirements for the state of California's Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. The program's mission is to provide the state of California with highly competent master-level clinicians trained to counsel individuals, couples, families, and groups in a multicultural society. Graduates are often employed by County Mental Health, Social Services, and other inpatient and outpatient community mental health centers. Many graduates also build successful private practices. Fifteen percent of our graduates pursue doctoral studies in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Science in Psychology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a 90-quarter unit professional degree program that fulfills the educational requirements for the state of California's Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license.

The program's mission is to provide the state of California with highly competent master-level clinicians trained to counsel individuals, couples, families, and groups in a multicultural society. Graduates are often employed by County Mental Health, Social Services, and other inpatient and outpatient community mental health centers. Many graduates also build successful private practices. Fifteen percent of our graduates pursue doctoral studies in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. ... [-]


Master of Science in Public Policy (MPP)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The Master of Public Policy degree program (MPP) is open to students who wish to pursue analytic careers in government, non-profit agencies or in businesses subject to government regulations. The MPP program is structured to prepare graduates to work as analysts and as program managers. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Public Policy degree program (MPP) is open to students who wish to pursue analytic careers in government, non-profit agencies or in businesses subject to government regulations. The MPP program is structured to prepare graduates to work as analysts and as program managers.

Core courses in the MPP program cover public policy, policy analysis, quantitative methods, and economic policy.

This is a two-year program for students taking 8 or more units per term. The program consists of 60 approved units (not including courses necessary to compensate for deficiencies). The degree culminates with a two-term seminar focused on analytical projects where students will develop, present, and discuss individual research.... [-]


Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The mission of the Electrical Engineering Department is to educate students to achieve excellence in the discipline of electrical engineering and to teach them to apply their education to solve practical problems in a socially responsible way. Students are prepared for careers of service, leadership, and distinction in a wide range of engineering and other related fields using a participatory, learn-by-doing, and “hands-on” laboratory, project, and design centered approach. Students are encouraged to participate in lifelong learning as essential in the presence of the ever-increasing pace of technological change. [+]

Cal Poly Graduate Education

About the Program

The mission of the Electrical Engineering Department is to educate students to achieve excellence in the discipline of electrical engineering and to teach them to apply their education to solve practical problems in a socially responsible way. Students are prepared for careers of service, leadership, and distinction in a wide range of engineering and other related fields using a participatory, learn-by-doing, and “hands-on” laboratory, project, and design centered approach. Students are encouraged to participate in lifelong learning as essential in the presence of the ever-increasing pace of technological change.

Diversity in the students, faculty and staff is embraced and enhances the quality and creativity of the campus experience and environment.... [-]


Master

Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA San Luis Obispo

The Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology program trains students with scientific, engineering, food, and agricultural backgrounds for leadership and management roles in the dairy foods manufacturing industry. This innovative, one-year master's degree includes coursework in dairy chemistry, dairy microbiology, plant management, project management, leadership, sustainability, and other areas critical to effective dairy plant management. Through the use of experiential and project-based learning, students will develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the international dairy foods industry. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology program trains students with scientific, engineering, food, and agricultural backgrounds for leadership and management roles in the dairy foods manufacturing industry. This innovative, one-year master's degree includes coursework in dairy chemistry, dairy microbiology, plant management, project management, leadership, sustainability, and other areas critical to effective dairy plant management. Through the use of experiential and project-based learning, students will develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the international dairy foods industry.

Program of Study

Graduate students in the MPS in Dairy Products Technology program are required to complete a prescribed course of study designed to give them an understanding of dairy science and manufacturing, industry structure, unit operations, sanitation, quality control, and regulatory requirements. In addition, students will develop the leadership skills and experience needed to manage and guide teams in a dairy processing environment. Three quarters of on-campus course work are followed by a one-quarter internship related to dairy foods manufacturing. To graduate with the MPS in Dairy Products Technology, students must then pass a comprehensive examination.... [-]


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