EMBA Programs Admissions


The Sonoma Executive MBA (EMBA) application process is different than that for traditional programs. We encourage you to call us as you begin so that we can answer your questions, especially regarding particulars such as how the requirements apply to you or how you might finance your EMBA through channels like tuition reimbursement.

Admissions Application Checklist


Complete Both Applications

  1. Graduate Department Application
  2. CAL STATE Apply Application


Statement of Purpose

Write and submit your statement of purpose (1-2 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font). 


GMAT Score

If needed, GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score must be at least 450. We will accept equivalent test scores on another test (GRE, LSAT, etc.) Send score to California State University-Sonoma (OCC8060). 


Professional Resume

Email your professional resume, including name and contact information for two professional references to Nicki.Orser@sonoma.edu.


Academic Transcripts

Official hard copy transcripts from where you received your bachelor's degree or your last 60 units of coursework reflect a 2.5 GPA or higher. Must show proof of completion of a Bachelor's Degree at a minimum. Must show proficiency in English 


Wine Industry Experience

Required for Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business: 2 years of wine industry experience is required to apply. Alternatively, you can waive the 2 years wine industry experience by completing the foundation and intermediate levels of the Online Certificate in Wine Business Management.


Financial Aid

Submit your FAFSA application for financial aid.

FAFSA Application



Once you have submitted all the necessary application documents, you will be scheduled for an interview with the executive director of the Graduate & Executive Programs.


How much does the program cost?

The Sonoma Executive MBA and the Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business programs cost $49,500 – all inclusive. Tuition, books, parking passes, and costs for the travel are included in that cost. 

The Global Executive MBA in Wine Business program costs $49,500. 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.


Financing your Executive MBA

The EMBA adds value to both the student and their employer, so many companies already offer tuition assistance programs for their employees. Contact us to talk about your options.   

Graduate students enrolled in at least 4 units per semester may be eligible for up to $20,500 per academic year from the Federal Direct Loan program.

If you are applying for a federal loan in addition to receiving tuition support from an employer, you will need to submit a Change of Notification Form to the SSU Financial Aid Office. 

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

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


Where do I learn more?


For International Students

Please visit our International Students Admissions page for more information.