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MBA for Executives

Cohort-Based Program with Experienced Professionals

EMBA Cohort Graduation

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.

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  • 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

Spring 2023 Application Open Now

Spring 2023 applications are now open. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Application Deadline for Spring 2023: December 1, 2022

The College of Business has decided to waive the GMAT/GRE admission test requirement for EMBA applicants for the Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 application cycle.

Spring 2023 Program Calendar

Term Cohort Location  Cohort Name Application Deadline Classes Begin 
Fall 2021 Sacramento State COB1 June 26, 2021 October 2021
Spring 2022 Sacramento State  COB2 December 1, 2021 March 2022
Fall 2022 Sacramento State COB3 May 16, 2022 September 2022
Spring 2023 Sacramento State COB4 December 1, 2022 March 2023
Fall 2023 Sacramento State COB5 May 16, 2023 September 2023

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 each 4 weeks in length and held on Fridays (3-7pm) and Saturdays (8am-2pm)
  • Blended delivery (classes, lectures and distance learning)
  • Every 3rd week courses offered online (weeks 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

Career Services

  • Personalized services available to graduate business students and alumni

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
  • 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 architecture

EMBA Program Cost

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 $41,425 or $1,000 per unit which includes books, course materials, meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch), and an international study tour (destination will be determined for your cohort).

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.

Financial Aid

To apply for Financial Aid, please visit the College of Continuing Education Financial Aid website.

For questions, please contact: ccefinancialaid@csus.edu

EMBA Academic Curriculum

Course descriptons can be found in the current Academic Catalogue.

After the two-day orientation event to introduce faculty, staff, and cohort members, students will participate in two days of “boot camp” refresher classes (Statistics, Economics, Finance, and Accounting) which help participants prepare for the academic rigor of the EMBA curriculum.

Note: EMBA 227 is the Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course that fulfills the first step of your Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). To complete the first step of the Graduate GWAR, all graduate students must earn a grade of B or higher in the required GWI course. More information can be found here.

Course # Course Name
EMBA Curriculum (41 units)
Orientation (1 unit)
EMBA 210 Orientation and Bootcamp 
Bootcamp Statistics 
Bootcamp Economics 
Bootcamp Finance
Bootcamp Accounting 
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 

Dual Degree Programs

The Executive MBA program has partnerships with the College of Pharmacy at California Northstate University (CNUCOP) and the McGeorge School of Law at University of Pacific to accept nine (9) semester units of courses as elective units toward the graduation requirements of the EMBA Program.

Students must apply and be admitted separately into each program, satisfying the admission requirements of each institution. Students who are admitted into both programs can enroll and complete both programs in any order that they wish as long as they have at least one semester of concurrent enrollment in both institutions. Students must seek advance approval from the respective program administrator in order to request that the institution accept graduate courses to be transferred.

Learn more about the JD/MBA Program

Learn more about the PharmD/MBA Program

Spring 2023 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 2023 program. Applicants will need to submit the following:

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

Download the MBA Instructions for the Cal State Apply Application as an example

- 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
  • 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 can complete the EMBA Recommendation Form or write their own letter and upload directly through the email portal. Please see page 27 of these instructions for more details on the recommendation submission process.

Cal State Apply Application

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

Applications for Spring 2023 are due December 1, 2022. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

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

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

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