California State University, Sacramento

Based on real user feedback and statistics, csus.edu no longer supports Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Skip to Main Content

Graduate Programs College of Business

Support Page Content

MBA for Executives

Designed for experienced professionals and managers who aspire to leadership positions, Sacramento State’s Master’s of Business Administration for Executives is a 15-month, cohort-based, AACSB-accredited degree program.The EMBA was developed and delivered in close collaboration with local business leaders to address both individual and organizational development needs.

Download the EMBA Brochure and FAQs

  • Participants gain the business acumen and network necessary to advance to leadership positions, or to strike out on their own.
  • Public, private, and nonprofit employers prepare talented candidates for executive responsibilities.

EMBA Alumni Success Story

Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2022!

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2022 on a rolling basis. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis. Submit your application now to be considered for the Spring 2022 cohort!

Application Deadline for Spring 2022: December 1, 2021

The College of Business has decided to waive the GMAT/GRE admission test requirement for the Spring 2022 application cycle.

Fall 2021 Program Calendar

Term Cohort Location  Cohort Name Application Deadline Classes Begin 
Fall 2020 SAFE - Folsom, CA  SAFE2 June 26, 2020 October 2020
Spring 2021 Intel - Folsom, CA Intel 16 December 11, 2020 March 2021
Fall 2021 Sacramento State COB1 June 26, 2021 October 2021
Spring 2022 TBD Intel 17 December 1, 2021 March 2022

Class Profile & Admissions Criteria

Selecting strong candidates for admission to the EMBA program is critical to the impact of the program and the quality of other cohort members’ experience.

Because we believe that there is more to a candidate’s qualifications than just test scores and GPA, we have adopted a portfolio approach that takes into account four primary areas of evaluation when making admission decisions:

  1. Professional Experience (length, breadth, and depth of professional and managerial experience, and potential for career development).
  2. Academic Qualifications (a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association and previous graduate-level coursework if available).
  3. Additional Relevant Criteria (potential contribution to learning experience in the program, maturity and motivation, ability and willingness to commit the required time and energy to the program, community service and professional activities, and support of an applicant’s employing organization).
  4. Personal interview to ascertain candidate suitability.
Infographic: Demographic profile of eMBA class

Program Highlights

Accelerated Format

  • 15-month program (12 months of courses, 3 months individual projects)

Flexible Scheduling

  • Classes are held on Fridays (3-7pm) and Saturdays (8am-2pm)
  • Blended delivery (classes, lectures and distance learning)
  • Every 3rd week courses offered online (week 1, 2 & 4 in-person)

Cohort-based Learning

  • Stimulating networking environment
  • Group work

Outstanding faculty

  • Scholar with industry experience
  • Executive co-instructors & guest speakers

Quality Accredited Program

  • AACSB accredited program
  • Assurance of student learning

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates are required to have:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement)
  • Applicants with foreign documents must submit their transcripts for evaluation by one of the approved agencies. Please review the information from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • 5+ years of professional work experience
  • Applicants who earned a degree from an institution located in a nation where English is not the official language, or where the language of instruction at that institution was not English, must take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE and receive a passing score: a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5
  • Two Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Career Objectives (1 page): This statement should include a description of your long- and short-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the EMBA degree will help you to achieve them.
  • Current resume: A reverse chronological resume of your work experience including job title, organization (nature of business, gross sales/revenues, number of employees), location, dates of employment, a summary of duties and responsibilities, and a description of your organizational unit (size, scope, budget, personnel, and reporting relationships) for each position held.
  • Personal interview with our Faculty Director, Dr. Tyra Shao (30 minutes, virtual)

The COB reserves the right to admit fewer applicants than those meeting the minimum criteria. In limited cases, applicants who do not meet all the minimum admission criteria may be reviewed by the Admission Committee for the program, who may offer a ‘special admission’ recommendation to the Dean, or the Dean’s designee, for a final admission decision.

Applicants with Foreign Documents

Applicants with foreign documents must submit their transcripts for evaluation by one of the approved agencies. Please review the information from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Applicants who earned a degree from an institution located in a nation where English is not the official language, or where the language of instruction at that institution was not English, must take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE and receive a passing score: a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5

EMBA class pose on Chinese architechture

Spring 2022 Application Instructions

NOTE: You must complete the entire application process and pay the $70 fee by the appropriate deadline to be considered an applicant to the program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please follow the directions carefully below to be considered for the EMBA Spring 2022 program. Applicants will need to submit the following:

1. Complete an EMBA Spring 2022 Information Form

Applicants will upload the following documents in this portal:
- Unofficial copy of undergraduate degree transcripts to verify eligibility
- Resume

EMBA Spring 2022 Information Form

2. Complete a Cal State Apply Application and pay $70 application fee

- Add Program: Business Administration - Executive (EMBA) is located under Sacramento Extension
- Complete the Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information Sections
- Under Program Materials, applicants will submit the following:

  • Statement of Career Objectives (1 page): This statement should include a description of your long- and short-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the EMBA degree will help you to achieve them.
  • Current resume: A reverse chronological resume of your work experience including job title, organization (nature of business, gross sales/revenues, number of employees), location, dates of employment, a summary of duties and responsibilities, and a description of your organizational unit (size, scope, budget, personnel, and reporting relationships) for each position held.
  • Request for two (2) letters of recommendation: Applicants will enter name and an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out. Recommenders should complete the Recommendation Form and upload directly through the email portal.

Cal State Apply Application

If elgible, applicants will be contacted for a personal 30-minute vritual interview with our Faculty Director, Dr. Tyra Shao.

Applications for Spring 2022 are due December 1, 2021. We are accepting applications for Spring 2022 on a rolling basis. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis. Submit your application now to be considered for the Spring 2022 cohort!

Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State sent electronically to gradtranscripts@csus.edu or hard copy to:

Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Sacramento
Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819

MBA Degree Learning Goals

Students will have certain capabilities (knowledge, skills, abilities) that result from your business degree program. At the Sacramento State, we call these capabilities learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are measured and analyzed through a broad range of assessments, from class assignments to standardized exams, to provide assurance of learning in the degree program. From time to time, the College of Business (COB) or your instructors may ask or require you to participate in assessments. We use the information from assessments to reinforce what is working or to make changes to support student learning and success. For example, we may revise curriculum or hire additional staff and faculty to support the needs of our students. We document how our students perform and the actions that we take to continuously improve. This process helps to enhance the student experience and maintain our external accreditation with AACSB International. Speaking of accreditation, less than 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB and thus this elite accreditation contributes greatly to the COB reputation. We hope that when you are asked to participate in assessment activities that you will accept the invitation and put your best effort forward.

Goal 1: Applied Business Knowledge: Master, integrate, and apply business knowledge and skills to current, practical, and important contexts and situations.

1.1 Apply concepts, skills, and tools to impact practical, real-world business situations.

Goal 2: Leadership and Strategy: Effectively accomplish organizational goals in collaborative dynamic environments.

2.1. Formulate strategies and engage organizations to improve organizational effectiveness for long-term sustainability and competitive advantage.

Goal 3: Effective Business Communication: Effectively communicate in a variety of business settings using appropriate techniques.

3.1. Communicate in an organizational setting using appropriate oral and written formats for various purposes.

Goal 4: Integrative Analysis and Problem Solving: Address business situations in novel ways through reason and holistic analytical thinking.

4.1. Address business situations from multiple business functional areas to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses for effective decision making and innovative problem solving.

Goal 5: Global Business Context: Identify the significance of ethics, legal regulation, economics, social responsibility, cultural diversity, and global issues for planning and decision making.

5.1. Evaluate and adapt organizational and individual responses to diverse regulatory systems and ethical environments.

5.2. Assess and change organizational responses to international economic systems and intercultural environments.

EMBA Cohort Photo

EMBA Program Cost and Academic Curriculum

As part of the California State University system, Sacramento State offers the lowest available tuition and fees for an AACSB-accredited Executive MBA program in the Sacramento region. The total cost for the program is $36,300 for Fall 2021 which includes books, course materials, meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch), and an international study tour (destination will be determined for your cohort). A fee increase is expected for the Spring 2022 term and will be confirmed prior to enrollment. The program will be billed in installments per class and a fee schedule will be provided for you based on the admission term. Please see the Program Calendar and Class Schedule under Current EMBA Student Information for the payment schedule and registration deadlines.

Course # Course Name
EMBA Curriculum (41 units)
Orientation (1 unit)
EMBA 210 Orientation
Required Courses (24 Units)
EMBA 222 Managerial Accounting for Executives 
EMBA 223 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making 
EMBA 224 Managerial Finance for Executives 
EMBA 225 Organizational Design and Management 
EMBA 226 Technology Management for Executives 
EMBA 227 Strategic Marketing Management 
EMBA 228  Strategic Analysis for Executives 
EMBA 229 Leadership and Change Management 
Elective Courses (12 units) Each cohort selects four of the following:
EMBA 241  Strategic Supply Chain Management 
EMBA 242 Product and Brand Management 
EMBA 243 Legal Issues in Business Environment 
EMBA 244 Corporate Performance Measurements 
EMBA 245 Competing in the Global Marketplace 
EMBA 246 Managing Creativity and Innovation 
EMBA 247 Executive Decision Making 
EMBA 248 Project Management for Executives 
EMBA 249 Management in the Public Sector 
EMBA 296 Experimental Offerings in Executive Management 
EMBA 299 Special Problems in Executive Management 
Culminating Experience (4 units)
EMBA 260  EMBA Individual Project 

Current EMBA Student Information


EMBA Graduation

Contact Information

Dr. Tyra Shao
EMBA Program Director

Recruitment & Admissions

Claire Goldsby, M.A.
Analyst and Admissions Coordinator
(916) 278-2895

Academic Advising

Serena Hoffman, M.S.
Academic Advisor
(916) 278-6391

Mailing Address

California State University, Sacramento
College of Business - EMBA
Tahoe Hall, Room 1020
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6088
(916) 278-5767