Information Session for World's First Executive Degree in Wine Trade Set for August 1

Students and Professionals Explore Rare Learning Opportunity Unique to Region
July 28, 2015

ROHNERT PARK, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a public information session regarding the Executive Wine MBA program will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. Info sessions are designed as an opportunity for incoming students and interested professionals to meet with administrators, faculty, and staff for an overview of the program, outline of courses, and to address any questions. Admissions coordinators will also be in attendance to provide application counseling and support. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

"As the wine industry continues to grow and transform, Sonoma is emerging as the global leader in research and education. Our wine-focused Executive MBA is the only of its kind in the world. As a result, students are afforded a learning experience that is unmatched with outstanding career potential," John Stayton, Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Programs said. "Our goal in hosting the information sessions is to communicate the value of what we do and why, and engage students and professionals to connect our programs with the well-being of our communities and health of the broader economy."

Application deadline for the Executive Wine MBA is in January 2016 with classes beginning in March. Coursework takes place on alternating weekends over a 17-month period. This structure allows professionals and executives to develop their business acumen while bringing new skills to current work projects. Participants typically include wine industry professionals, including winemakers, viticulturists, brand managers, and distributors. Curricula includes consulting projects, case study analysis, simulations, and integrative strategy courses to improve knowledge of business plans, sustainable operations, brand marketing, and strategic planning in a complex and global environment.

Students also have opportunity to participate in organized group trips domestically and internationally that develop leadership communication skills, teamwork, self-assessment, and self-reflection.

An information session regarding the Executive MBA degree program, which begins October 2015 with application deadline in September, takes place August 8, 2015 on the SSU campus. For more information regarding upcoming information sessions, graduate business programs, or to apply, please visit or contact the Graduate and Executive Programs office at (707) 664-3501 or

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About the School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' vision is to be the educational nucleus of a thriving North Bay economy.  Its mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond. With undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs serving over 1500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards of excellence. For more information, visit