Professional MBA Programs Admissions


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Admissions Application Checklist


Complete Program Interest Form & Online 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 or GRE Score

GMAT/GRE Exams are optional. Official exam scores taken within the last two years may be submitted directly to the university.


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. Please be sure to show all relevant work experience and indicate whether it is full time or part time. We recommend that Professional MBA students have at least two years of full-time experience.  


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. 


Wine Industry Experience

Required for Sonoma Professional Wine MBA program: 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.



Prerequisite business courses are required to enroll in the Sonoma Professional MBA programs. You may use this link to upload your unofficial transcripts and complete a prerequisite reveiw form.   

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

Prospective students may submit the online university application before they finish the prerequisites with the opportunity to be selected for “conditional” admission. Upon completion of needed prereq courses, admitted students will then be updated to fully classified status.


Financial Aid

Submit your application for financial aid. 


How much does the program cost?

The cost of the MBA program is flexible depending on each student's degree progress and the number of courses enrolled in each semester. For domestic students, the typical cost to complete the program is $25,000. For out of state or international students, the cost is approximately $35,000.


Financing your MBA

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

  • Talk to your employer about tuition reimbursement.  
  • Apply for  Federal Financail Aid at
  • 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.