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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.

  • 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.

Download the EMBA Brochure and FAQs

Fall 2021 Applications are Open!

Application Deadline for Fall 2021: June 26, 2021

The College of Business has decided to waive the GMAT/GRE admission test requirement for the Fall 2021 application cycle.

Fall 2021 Program Calendar

Term Cohort Location  Application Deadline Classes Begin 
Fall 2020 SAFE - Folsom, CA  June 26, 2020 October 2020
Spring 2021 Intel - Folsom, CA December 11, 2020 March 2021
Fall 2021 TBD June 26, 2021 October 2021
Spring 2022 Intel - Folsom, CA December 10, 2021 March 2022
Infographic: Demographic profile of eMBA class

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, previous graduate-level coursework (if available), and performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  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.

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
EMBA class pose on Chinese architechture

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
  • Personal statement addressing purpose of application and interest in the EMBA program (approx. 1 page)
  • Employment history (Resume or CV)
  • Personal interview with our Faculty Director, Dr. Tyra Shao (30 minutes, virtual)

The CBA 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.

Fall 2021 Application Information

1. You are required to submit two applications (Cal State Apply and EMBA Supplemental Application). You can begin your EMBA Supplemental by registering and submitting the necessary documentation through the EMBA Supplemental Application for Fall 2021. There is no fee associated with this application. Once you submit your supplemental application, you will be given the opportunity to log back into your application student center and see a checklist of items needed including:
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Please send official transcripts to email or address below)

EMBA Supplemental Application for Fall 2021

2. You will also be required to submit an application via Cal State Apply and pay the $70 fee. Once you create an account, select the term — Fall 2021 — and the campus — Sacramento State. You will then see EMBA listed under "Sacramento Extension".

Cal State Apply Application

Submission Details

Applications for Fall 2021 due June 26, 2021.

Official transcripts should be sent to address below.

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

Electronic transcripts submission systems; that allow for you to enter an e-mail address; please use the following e-mail address: gradtranscripts@csus.edu It is the responsibility of the applicant to enter the correct e-mail address.

Fall 2021 courses will begin in October 2021.

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

Corporate and Individual Support Form

EMBA Cohort Photo

Executive MBA Program Costs

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 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.

EMBA Academic Curriculum

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 

Contact Information

Dr. Tyra Shao
EMBA Program Director

Recruitment & Admissions

Claire Goldsby, M.A.
Analyst and Admissions Coordinator
(916) 278-2895
Tahoe Hall, Room 1020

Academic Advising

Serena Hoffman, M.S.
Academic Advisor
(916) 278-6391
Tahoe Hall, Room 1020

Mailing Address

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