February 6, 2023
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Cal Poly out, Pepperdine in: Santa Barbara will get first MBA classes in January


With Cal Poly San Luis Obispo out of the running, Pepperdine University is set to win the race to open the first master’s in business administration program in the Santa Barbara area.

Cal Poly announced June 30 that it was abandoning plans for an MBA program, at the request of the office of California State University Chancellor Charles Reed, according to a Cal Poly news release. “The CSU instead will look to its Channel Islands campus to serve the Santa Barbara market for an MBA program, given its closer proximity to Santa Barbara,” the university’s statement said.

CSU Channel Islands, which is based near Camarillo, plans to start its MBA program in the fall of 2011. Cal Poly had been preparing to launch this fall.

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