Sonoma MBA Programs Admissions



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Admissions Application Checklist


Complete Interest Form and Application

  1. Graduate Program Interest Form
  2. CAL STATE Apply Application


Statement of Purpose

Write and submit your statement of purpose (1-2 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font). The statement of purpose essay explains a bit about your academic and professional background, why you are interested in getting your MBA, and what you hope to do in your career after completing the program.)


GMAT Score

GMAT/GRE exams are not required for our Executive programs. GMAT/GRE Exams are optional for our Professional MBA programs.


Professional Resume

You may upload your resume, including name and contact information for two professional references, directly to your Cal State Apply application and/or upload a copy directly to your department file by using the Program Interest Form.  


Academic Transcripts

Please send copies of all OFFICIAL transcripts directly to SSU's Admissions & Records Office. (Please use this link for directions on how/where to send official transcripts.)

Official transcripts must reflect a 2.5 GPA or higher in your last 60 units of coursework. Official transcripts must show proof of completion of a Bachelor's Degree and must have been issued within the last two years. Students with foreign transcripts must submit a Foreign Coursework Evaluation through a company such as WES or SpanTran. Students who studied at a foreign university must show proof of English Language proficiency and may need to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores directly to the admissions office. Visit the International Admissions page for more details.


Prerequisite Courses 

Prerequisite business course requirements are typically waived for Executive MBA candidates with eight or more years of full-time work experience. 

Prerequisite business courses are required to enroll in the Sonoma Professional MBA programs. You may use this program interest form link to upload your unofficial transcripts and our admissions team will let you know if all requirements have been met. If not, we have affordable online options to quickly complete any needed courses.

If you studied business as an undergraduate you have most likely completed all of the needed courses: Micro & Macro Economics, Financial & Managerial Accounting, Statistics, and Finance.  

Prospective students may apply for admission to the program before completing prerequisite classes with the opportunity to be selected for "conditional" admission. Upon completion of needed courses, admitted students will then be updated to fully classified status. 


Wine Industry Experience

Required for Sonoma Professional Wine MBA, Executive Wine MBA, and Global Executive Wine MBA applicants: Two years of wine industry experience, an undergraduate degree in a related field, or completion of the first two levels of the online Wine Business Management Certificate program.


Financial Aid

Submit your application for financial aid. It is ideal to apply for aid by March 1st and please be sure to select Sonoma State as your preferred school.



Interviews are required for applicants to our Sonoma Executive MBA, Executive Wine MBA, and Global Executive Wine MBA programs. Once you have submitted all the necessary application documents, please contact the admissions specialist at to schedule your zoom interview with the executive director of the Graduate & Executive Programs.

How much does each program cost?

The Sonoma Professional MBA & Professional Wine MBA programs cost approximately $25,000 for domestic students. For out of state or international students, the cost is approximately $35,000.

The Sonoma Executive MBA and the Sonoma Wine Executive MBA programs cost $49,500 – all inclusive for both domestic and out of state/international students. Tuition, books, parking passes, and costs for the travel are included in that cost.

The Global Executive Wine MBA  program costs $49,500 for both domestic and out of state/international students.. This price includes tuition, all course materials, all in-country transportation, and food. It does not include the cost of lodging and flights for the in-country leadership intensives or flights for the international travel.

Financing your Sonoma MBA

A Sonoma MBA adds value to both the student and their employer, so many companies offer tuition assistance programs for their employees. Be sure to check with your employer to see if they offer this benefit.

Graduate students enrolled in at least 6 units per semester may be eligible for up to $20,500 per academic year from the Federal Direct Loan program. Some students also apply for Graduate PLUS loans. PLUS loans require a separate form that can be requested by emailing 

Here are a few ways you can make financing the MBA program possible:

  • Talk to your employer about tuition reimbursement.  
  • See if you qualify to receive financial aid.
  • Apply for a scholarship.

Where do I learn more?

  • Attend an Information Session: This is a great way for you to be informed of the details of the program, ask questions, and meet our executive director, alumni, current students, and our program personnel.
  • Schedule a Call: Our admissions specialist is happy to answer any questions you may have.​

For International Students

Please visit our International Students Admissions page for more information.