College of Business Administration

  • IMBA in Singapore­ We are now recruiting a 4th cohort, it is the only Sacramento State degree program offered on foreign soil. IMBA Singapore responds to the strong demand for well-educated global executives and managers, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.  
  • Financial Services Lab / Bloomberg Terminals – Scaling up its commitment to financial literacy, CBA recently acquired 12 Bloomberg terminals and has a dedicated space open to all students in the University Library as part of the CBA commitment to financial literacy at Sacramento State.
  • The Student Investment Fund Management (SIF) Program – a collaboration between CBA and University Enterprises, Inc. to provide students with direct experience in the world of Wall Street. Beginning in 2010 with an initial investment of $250K, the fund has grown to $450K. A competitive process selects the students (average participation is 40 students annually) who manage the portfolio under the supervision of CBA faculty members. 
  • BHON (Business Honors) – is a highly selective and cohort-based undergraduate degree program that integrates common coursework with hands-on practicum in a modular and accelerated format.  Now in its 5th year, BHON is built around a three-tier curriculum structure that includes business foundation courses, integration courses, and a practicum seminar that features an onsite “day-in-the-life” experience at a Fortune 500 company.
  • The Business Ambassador Program – A peer-to-peer program staffed by upper division business students, who connect with new business students (supporting the Sac State Graduation Initiative). Four Ambassadors serve approximately 1200-1500 students annually.
  • Global Mindset – In 2015, four faculty & one staff member earned certification at the Najafi Global Mindset Institute to enhance curriculum and cultivate inclusive leaders. The CBA administers the GMI™ and coaches students on strategies to develop and strengthen assets that would enhance their ability to lead and influence people of diverse cultures. 
  • Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Conference – Approximately 10 CBA students annually participate in a two-and-a-half day conference sponsored by Quinnipiac University intended to bring an international group of current and future leaders from the financial industry together to explore important developments within our global financial markets. 
  • CFP certification – Students who successfully complete the Financial Planning track of the Finance concentration education component for obtaining the CFP® certification are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.
  • CBA Annual Film Festival – Each Fall semester, approximately 30 Students in HROB 158, a Human Resource Management special topics class on “Leading with Emotional Intelligence,” work in teams and produce 8-minute films to integrate leadership theories with emotional intelligence concepts based on a theoretical question assigned to them. Locally juried by academics, artists, and business executives, this festival, now in its 6th year, presents films to a diverse audience.
  • Stories Without Words – This assignment given at entry- and advanced-level management courses focuses on self-awareness, self-development, verbal and nonverbal communication, and continuing refinement of technological skills (specifically related to photography, Photoshop editing, and the creation of a web design layout using Muse software). At the advanced level, the exercise offers reflection on what it means to be an educated person.
  • Immersive Travel – Students in the EMBA and IMBA have opportunities to take part in study travel programs which include visits with international and domestic governments, small and medium enterprises, and multinational corporations to garner a better understanding of the business practices globally. 
  • Lifetime Career Services – The CBA assists alumni of its graduate programs facilitate career change (about 10 per year). The lifetime service strengthens alumni relations, broadens the CBA’s professional network, and contributes to a growing database of alumni who want to give back to the college by making job referrals and serving as industry advisors, event speakers, and mentors.

CBA Impact (Past 5 years)


  • In the past 5 years CBA faculty produced 522 intellectual contributions (ICs), including 175 articles in peer-reviewed journals. About 95% of all tenured and tenure-track faculty published ICs in the last 5 years.
  • According to Google Scholar, CBA faculty research received 6,425 citations producing a 3.9 mean h-index and 3.0 mean i10-index over the past five years.
  • Research Gate assessed the combined ‘RG reach’ of CBA faculty to be 15,470; they estimate that each publication produced by a CBA faculty member gets referenced 10.1 times.
  • CBA faculty served on 17 editorial boards, including at leading peer-reviewed journals like Academy of Management Review, Leadership Quarterly, and Advances in Accounting; 3 CBA faculty members have served as editor or guest editor.   
  • Intellectual contributions of CBA faculty members have produced over 350 media mentions at outlets across the world like The NY Times, Fortune, Russian Times, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, USA Today, Yahoo Health, and the like.
  • CBA faculty served as invited visiting professors or scholars at CSU Fullerton; Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, Turkey; Nankai University, Tianjin, China; Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China; US Military Academy – West Point; ESADE Business School, Spain.
  • Dean Pierre Balthazard was the lead author on the 2012 Leadership Quarterly article that earned the Research Paper of the Year award sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Professor Stephen Wheeler is President of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Western Region and member of the National AAA Council; MIS Professor Taylor Wells is Mini-track Co-chair at AMCIS and Managing Editor of the AIS Transactions; Finance Professor Sanjay Varshney serves as the Chief Economist for the Sacramento Business Review.
  • The Sacramento Business Review has become the most credible source of independent thinking, insights, and research on the economy of California’s capital region. It presents the most comprehensive, precise, and intellectually sophisticated analysis of the regional economy.


  • Sacramento State boasts the perennially 2nd-ranked MBA program among all California State Universities and approximately #130 nationally in 2012-2015. (U.S. News & World Report)
  • The CBA Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) ranks 70th in the top 100 best online programs nationally. (US News & World Report); the program was also rated the 6th most affordable online Master of Accounting in a 2014-15 national ranking. (
  • Since 2005 CBA has graduated over 750 EMBA students from its 24 cohorts and continues to fuel top positions within leading Fortune 500 companies in Sacramento and the Bay Area.
  • We have completed 3 cohorts of our MBA program in Singapore (or about 50 students), the only CSU program in any discipline that operates fully on foreign soil.
  • The CBA became only the second business school in Northern California (with Haas at Berkeley) to develop a strategic alliance with the Thunderbird School of Global Management to introduce Global Mindset™ in our curriculum.
  • The CBA’s Center for Small Business with the help of over 20,000 CBA students and faculty have served over 4,000 small businesses and family enterprises since 1969; many through capstone team projects in our Strategic Management class.
  • CBA students have won several awards over the past five years at other competitions like I-Corps™, CSUPERB, and Future Four, among others.
  • From a field of hundreds of nominees from the capital region, the Sacramento Business Journal selected 12 CBA graduates as honorees (a third of the total winners) in the 2015 “40 under 40.”