Graduate Programs

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Research and Graduate Programs

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Building 116, Room 214

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0034

Tel: (805) 756-2328

The Graduate Experience
"Learn by doing" has been part of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo's philosophy from its earliest days as a vocational high school. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has evolved into a nationally ranked comprehensive university, but a hands-on approach to teaching and learning still remains.

The university's graduate programs may be found in all six of its colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Architecture and Environmental Design, Orfalea College of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science and Mathematics. Approximately 1,400 graduate students in a total student population of 22,500 have selected from over 40 master's programs, 6 certificate programs, 10 credential programs and a master's of professional study. Small classes enhance the emphasis on active learning methods and include a high proportion of lab and field work. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo promotes interaction among academia, business, industry, government, and society.

Student Success
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's graduate programs are designed to create a dynamic educational environment that inspires students to think effectively, take responsible action, and make a positive impact on society. Some quick facts:

  • For the 21st year in a row, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been rated the best public master's university in the West by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Approximately 530 graduate degrees and 200 credentials are awarded annually.
  • Most graduate students attend full time, although the majority of programs offer part-time studies.
  • The university hosts from 300 to 600 different employers each year, depending on the status of the national economy, through its on-campus recruiting program and job fair events.
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo operates four 11-week quarters per year; many of its graduate programs offer courses during the summer quarter.

San Luis Obispo Campus
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is located in San Luis Obispo, California, a town of 45,000, 230 miles south of San Francisco, 200 miles north of Los Angeles, and 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Cal Poly's total acreage is 9,678, making it one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation. With the charm of a small town, clean air, low crime rates, and no major traffic problems, San Luis Obispo is an inviting city that promotes a healthy lifestyle.


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