The Program


The College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento, is dedicated to the success of its students by blending quality faculty, talented students, and relevant curriculum to deliver an innovative Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program. We are committed to graduating EMBA students who are prepared to function with integrity as effective top-level leaders in business, government, and professional organizations.

Learning Goals  

1. Leadership Skills: Our EMBA graduates will be able to use and evaluate appropriate leadership behaviors and skills to enhance personal and organizational effectiveness. 

2. Strategy: Our EMBA graduates will be able to identify and assess potential threats and opportunities in changing global environments, and use appropriate strategic models to enhance organizational effectiveness. 

3. Collaboration: Our EMBA students will be able to demonstrate skills used to collaborate effectively to accomplish the collective missions of their organizations. 

4. Communication:  Our EMBA students will be able to effectively communicate a shared vision and ensure understanding to achieve organizational and personal goals. 

5. Integrative Analyses: Our EMBA graduates will be able to synthesize relevant information from multiple business disciplines, including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, production, management science, and information technology, to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses for leading, planning, and decision making. 

6. Business Context: Our EMBA graduates will be able to identify the significance of ethics, legal regulation, economics, ethnic and social responsibility, cultural diversity, and global issues for planning and decision making.

Program Structure

The program, designed to meet the needs of highly engaged working professionals and managers, can be completed within 15-months. It begins with a two-day orientation event to introduce faculty members and the learning model, and build esprit de corps among cohort members. Orientation is followed by two days of “boot camp” refresher classes, which help participants, prepare for the academic rigor of the EMBA curriculum.

The core curriculum of eight required and four elective courses is structured to allow students to complete the 12 courses in 12 months. It's a 15-month program geared toward professionals who are looking to advance their career. It consists of 12 months of coursework on Fridays (3-7pm) and Saturdays (8am-2pm) in the Sacramento region-meals are provided. Every 3rd week, courses are conducted online allowing you to log in from the road if necessary. This blended-delivery format allows participants to schedule professional and personal travel around class meetings throughout the year.

After all coursework is completed, participants work independently to finalize and submit individual application projects, which synthesize learning from across the curriculum into a culminating experience.

The final program component is a one-day presentation of individual projects. After the presentation, the College of Business Administration hosts a graduation celebration for students and their guests.

Class Format (the typical format includes): 

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This format allows students to learn from many different approaches.  Team teaching and guest lectures from regionally and nationally prominent business leaders are important elements of the instructional design.

Cohort Mix

Cohort-based Learning

Participants will complete the program together as a cohort. This cohort-based format will provide a stimulating networking environment for the participants. Individuals will be able to learn together, share their experiences, and develop life-long professional relationships that will continue after graduation.

Student Employers:

# Fortune 100    
52 Autodesk    
90 Cisco System Inc    
68 Genentech, Inc.    
46 Intel Corporation     
79 Mattel, Inc.    
# Fortune 500 # Fortune 500  (Cont.)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Liberty Mutual
Chevron Corporation
General Dynamics
Bank of America
Oracle Corp.
Hewlett-Packard Company
McDonald's USA
AT&T Mobility
Hartford Financial Services
Citi Holding Company/Citigroup
Emerson Motor Company
Verizon Wireless
Sara Lee Fresh Bakery
Wells Fargo Bank
Monsanto Co.
First Data Government Solution
Apple, Inc.
State Street Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Micron Technology inc
Campbells Soup
Intel Corporation 
Mattel, Inc.
Cisco System Inc
Charles Schwab
  Others   Others (Cont.)
  A T.E.E.M. Electrical Engineering   iPMCG Inc
  Abilene Electric, Inc.   IRS
  Adecco   Isola Group
  ADT Security Services   ITT Technical Institute
  Aerojet   Jack In The Box
  Air Resources Board   Jeff King and Co
  Align Technology, Inc.   John Hancock Bond & Corp. Finance
  All Phase Security   John M. Cahill Associates
  All Pro Bail Bonds   K. Hovnanian Homes
  American Cancer Society   Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  Amity Software, Inc   Kaiser Permanente
  Anchor General   Keller Williams Realty
  Arden Towne Gas & Minimart Inc.   KEMA Services, Inc.
  Army Corp of Engineers   Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc
  Association of CA Water Agency   LeCroy Corporation PSG
  ASTONE/CROCKER/FLANAGAN   Legislative Data Center
  Aztec Solar, Inc   LexisNexis DBA State Net
  Azukar Lounge and Cocina   Lyon Realty
  B Street Theatre   Madsen Kneppers & Associates
  B.E.S.T. Consulting, Inc.   Maloof Sports & Entertainment
  Balanced Body, Inc.   Mascon Global Ltd
  Barnaby & Barnaby   Matheson Trucking Inc.
  Barrier Systems, Inc   McClellan Business Park, LLC
  Bass Lake Golf Course   Mercy General Hospital
  Blackstone Technology Group   Motion Control Engineering Inc
  Blood Source   MT2Telecom
  Blue Diamond Growers   Neumann Ltd
  Blue Shield of California   Next Level IT
  Blythe & Assoc., Inc.   Northern California Power Agency
  Board of Equalization   Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  BSK Associates   NSF International
  Burger Rehabilitation   Oasis Int'l
  Burgett Inc. dba Piano Disc   OSHPD-CA
  C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.   Owen-Dunn Insurance
  CA Mortgage Bankers Association   Pacific Interstate Insurance Brokers
  Cache Creek Casino Resort   Pacific Power Renewables
  California Casualty   Palm, Inc.
  California Dental Association   PCI Group a Hill Int'l Company
  California Emergency Foodlink   Pearson
  California ISO   Pixel Dust CREATE
  California Mortgage Bankers Assn.   Pizza Guys Franchises, Inc.
  California Municipal Utilities Association   Polycomp Administrative Services, Inc.
  California State Senate   POS Portal Inc.
  Calix   Pride Industries
  CalPERS   Quantros Inc
  CalSTRS   Raley's Family of Fine Stores
  Capital Planning Advisors, Inc.   Real Equity Capital
  Capital Program Management   Rexel
  Cassano Solutions, LLC   RM Controls, Inc
  Catholic Housing Program   Roebbelen Contracting Inc.
  Cemex   ROVI Corp
  Central Valley Training Center, Inc.   Rural Community Assistance Corp
  Checkpoint Screening   Ryhan Vineyards
  City of Concord   Sac. Valley Walnut Growes LLC
  City of Roseville   Sacramento MEPS
  City of Sacramento   Salisbury's Market
  Clear Image Inc.   Save Mart Employee Association
  Coldwell Banker   SBC
  Collet Construction Company   Schools Financial Credit Union
  Communication Service for the Deaf   Scott & Baldwin CPA's
  Community 1st Bank   Sims Recycling Solutions
  Community College League of CA   Sleep Train, Inc.
  COMSYS   SmileCare Dental Corp
  Cooper Roberts Research   SMUD
  CooperVision   Spectrum Energy Development
  CoreLogic   Spencer Composites Corp.
  County of Placer   Start to Finish Files
  County of Sacramento   State of CA Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  CPS Human Resource Services   State of CA Dept. of Finance
  Cramer & Associates   State of CA Dept. of Health Care Services
  Crossfield Technology LLC   State of CA Dept. of Housing
  CSEA/SEIU Local 1000   State of CA Dept. of Insurance
  CSU, Sacramento   State of CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control
  Darim Vision Corp.   State of CA Dept. of Transportation
  Dealer Track Inc.   State of CA Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  Debia Corporation   State of CA Employment Development Dept
  Defense Microelectronics   State of CA Fairs & Exposition
  Delta Systems Associates   State of CA Franchise Tax Board
  Dey L.P.   State of CA Prison Health Care Srvs
  Dimension 5 Solutions, Inc.   State of California
  DST Output   Steve’s Place Pizza USA, Inc
  ECMC   StoryRunners
  EdFund   Sunsweet
  Emeryville Sports Physical Therapy   SuperQuad LLC
  Entercom Sacramento   SureWest Communications
  Environmental Management Corp.   Sutter Health
  ERM   TCC Properties Inc.
  Esurance Insurance Company   Technology Solutions Group
  Fagan Financial Planners   Teichert, Inc
  Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce   Teledyne MEC
  Fairfield - Suisun Unified School District   The Cooper Companies
  Farmer's Insurance   The Golden 1 Credit Union
  FDI Collateral Management   The Permanente Medical Group
  Federal Bureau of Investigation   Tink, Inc.
  Fehr & Peers   TRANE
  Fidelity Investments   Travisa Visa Service, Inc.
  Find John Doe   Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialist
  First Republic Bank   Trofholz Tech Inc.
  Foothills Internal Medicine Associates, Inc.   Turner Construction Co
  Frasco   U. S. Coast Guard
  Fujitsu Imaging Products Group   U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  General Produce Co.   U.S. House of Representatives
  GMAC, LLC   UC Davis Health Systems
  Gregory Mountain Products   Ueltzen & Company, LLP
  Guiding Hands School, Inc.   Union Bank of California
  Hanson    United Auburn Indian Community -Thunder Valley
  Harris & Sloan Consulting Group Inc.   United Bakery
  Harris Intellect Property   University of the Pacific, CPCE
  Hartman Construction   Urata & Sons Cement Inc.
  Hearst-Argyle Television/KCRA   US Air Force
  Heinrich Property Management   US Army Corps of Engineers
  Hendricks & Partners   US Bank - Home Mortgage
  Henry Schein Dental   USS - POSCO Industries
  HMH Builders   VALIC
  HMR Architects   Vanir Development Company, Inc
  Home Sweet Home Appraisals   Vision Service Plan (VSP)
  IC-Engineering   Visionary Integration Professionals, LLC
  IDEXX Laboratories   Vista Solar
  Immuno Concepts   Webcetera L.P.
  Informatix, Inc   Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  International Business Systems - The Americas   Xchanging
Fortune 500 Source:
Program Features

Program Features                                                                                   The unique features of the Sac State EMBA program provide unparalleled value to professionals and employers.

Executive-Level Education                                                                  The EMBA program is designed to develop business knowledge and skills to prepare seasoned professionals for executive or managerial decision making in any organization. Graduates will be able to think strategically under conditions of high uncertainty, and will be well prepared to advance their careers to more senior management positions.

Innovative Curriculum with Business Applications Emphasis      The EMBA curriculum provides a mix of cutting-edge theory and creative real-world applications to prepare participants to succeed in a challenging and changing global market. Our participants tackle case studies individually and in teams, throughout the program.

The curriculum culminates in a final project, which provides participants with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning to address a pressing organizational issue.  Individuals will work with local business, government, and nonprofit organizations and their leadership on real-world, real-time business challenges to combine community service with a synthesizing learning experience.

Outstanding Faculty                                                               The EMBA instructional team brings together outstanding scholars and business leaders to provide participants with the best of business theory and practice. Professors at the College of Business Administration earned their degrees from world-class doctoral programs. They are engaged in scholarly research and consulting work that reflects cutting-edge thinking and practice.  Executives and seasoned business professionals participate in the program as co-instructors and guest lecturers to provide real-world perspectives and networking opportunities for participants. 

In working with students, faculty members are flexible and creative in accommodating individuals’ professional schedules. They take a team approach with other faculty and students to create an exceptional and dynamic learning experience.

Quality Assurance                                                                 The College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International – the premier accrediting body for business schools worldwide. The EMBA program meets the AACSB accreditation standards regarding faculty qualifications and assurance of student learning outcomes.  The College has developed a specific program mission, program learning goals, and objectives to drive the assessment of student learning outcomes for each of the EMBA courses. What does being AACSB accredited mean to participants? It means attending a business school in the top 5% worldwide.

Cohort-Based Learning                                                Participants will complete the program together as part of a cohort.  This cohort-based format will provide a stimulating networking environment for the participants.  Individuals will be able to learn together, share their experiences, and develop long-term professional relationships that will continue long after graduation. 

Program Benefits

Benefits to Participants:

Stretch Your Mind                                                             Business leadership requires more than functional expertise. To succeed in the top positions – or in establishing and growing your own company – you will need to master a number of executive competencies. The EMBA curriculum and learning model are designed to help you achieve:

-Strategic thinking for the short and long views

-Sound decision-making under conditions of high uncertainty and incomplete information

-An holistic understanding of how functional areas interrelate to support the organization as a whole, and a global perspective on the role of the organization in the business environment

-The persuasive communication skills to deliver messages across the organization, and to represent the company effectively to external audiences.

Increase Your Value and Visibility for Career Advancement       The EMBA will prepare you for career advancement by developing your business knowledge and leadership competencies through the breadth of the rigorous curriculum and the case study approach to classroom instruction. As your intellectual capital and confidence increase, so does your value to your organization.

In addition, the interactive nature of class meetings, establishment of executive mentor relationships, and the frequent networking events with business executives and cohort members will increase your visibility both inside and outside of your organization.

Many participants tell us that they are promoted – in some cases, more than once – during the course of the EMBA program.

Build Your Network
The EMBA will help you build your professional network in several ways:

-Participants in the EMBA program are carefully selected, based upon their academic and professional achievements and an hour-long one-on-one interview, to assure cohort quality and diversity – and your classmates’ value to you as professional colleagues.

-Interactive class sessions, small group assignments, and networking events help to build team spirit and collegiality among cohort members that will extend well after graduation.

-Executives from the private, public, and non-profit sectors participate in the EMBA as executive speakers and co-instructors, and by providing  real-world case studies, sponsoring networking events, and hosting EMBA classes at their facilities.

Through your participation in the EMBA program, you will gain a powerful professional network that you can leverage and extend as your career advances.

Balance Your Commitments
The student-centered EMBA schedule, faculty and staff will help you achieve your educational goals while you meet your work and home responsibilities:

-Friday afternoon (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) class meetings make it possible to complete the program in 15 months while working full-time.

-One week in four, you will complete online assignments instead of meeting with the class.  This allows you to accommodate your professional and personal travel plans.

-The faculty understands the competing demands of your busy schedule, and will work with you to help you succeed.

-For the utmost convenience, our staff delivers textbooks to your classroom, serves snacks and meals during class meetings, and generally manages the details so you can keep focused on your study.

Save Your Budget
The Sacramento State EMBA is the best value in the region: An excellent academic program delivered on a convenient schedule at a reasonable cost. We encourage you to compare this exceptional program to others in the region.

For your convenience, the academic fee is broken into manageable, course-by-course payments. You may also apply for federal financial aid through the University, upon your acceptance to the program.

Benefits to Employers:

Employers will benefit directly from sponsoring their employees’ participation in the EMBA program in a variety of ways.

Increased Employee Contribution
Employees enrolled in this program will develop a more global perspective that will enhance their cross-functional contribution to their organizations.  They will also bring back innovative ideas to develop effective business strategies and improve the competitive positions of their organizations. Employers should benefit tremendously from their employees’ enhanced ability to contribute.

Employee Retention
Employers will be able to retain valuable employees by helping them prepare for career advancement to more senior management positions. 

Leadership Development
The program will enhance students’ ability to lead organizational performance improvement efforts and implement effective business strategies.

Access to Outstanding Faculty and Business Leaders
Employers and employees will have direct access to the EMBA faculty, as well as many outstanding business, government, and nonprofit leaders through their participation in the EMBA program.

Business Opportunities
Employees will develop long-term professional relationships with fellow students from other organizations that may lead to future business opportunities for their employers.

Value of the Program
The Sacramento State EMBA program offers an outstanding value to both employers and employees. Its unique combination of exceptional educational experience and reasonable cost make the Sacramento State EMBA the best value in the region and beyond.


Curriculum/Course Descriptions



EMBA 210 - Orientation (1 Unit)
This course provides students an overview of each of the classes presented in the program. Introduce the group to concepts and strategies related to critical thinking. Develop students’ critical thinking skills.  Introduce on-line technologies for instructional-related activities to the students. Provide students the opportunity to meet each other and start to form group norms.

EMBA 222 - Managerial Accounting for Executives (3 Units)
A consistent emphasis on managerial accounting and reporting is cost identification, allocation and control.  This course expands the traditional view of accounting to include an examination of the integration of the historic three tools with cost elements.  This expanded view would include environmental and political costs, compliance with multinational reporting standards, tax compliance and treaty cost.

EMBA 223 – Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (3 Units)
This course presents how business decisions are now made in an increasingly competitive and complex business environment.  The emphasis will be on how   to better respond to this challenge by using quantitative methods to forecast, extrapolate, analyze, and simulate a business situation for effective decision-making.  Case studies will be used to develop those capabilities.

EMBA 224 - Managerial Finance for Executives (3 Units)
This course prepares students for a well-rounded understanding of financial information and the financial performance expectations of organizations.  Students apply methods based on financial theory to make financial decisions areas of capital investments, long-term source of funds, and short-term cash and financial management.  Students gain the ability to make more sound financial decisions and to better evaluate the consequences of those decisions.

EMBA 225 - Organizational Design and Management (3 Units)
The course reviews the macro perspective of organization theory (structure, process, technology, people, and culture) that will require attention to organization structure, human resources, design, control, culture and inter-organizational relationship.

EMBA 226 - Technology Management for Executive (3 Units)
The course covers the major challenges organizations deal with today with managing their key technological resources as well as with implementing the recent technological innovations. The course addresses the digital opportunities and threats organizations face.

EMBA 227 - Strategic Marketing Management (3 Units)
The course presents how modern marketing principles can be applied to real-world situations.  The emphasis will be on studying strategies used by organizations in today’s highly competitive and evolving marketplace.  Case studies will be utilized to fully develop techniques for creating marketing programs given varying levels of resources and information available under diverse market conditions.

EMBA 228 - Strategic Analysis for Executives (3 Units)
The course is an interactive learning experience that examines the roles, functions, and skills of top-level executives. The course addresses the need for utilizing the latest strategic approaches. The strategy formulation perspective is designed to increase understanding of the functions and responsibilities of general management.

EMBA 229 - Leadership and Change Management (3 Units)
Introduce the concept of leadership in business organizations. The key themes of the course are leading teams and leading during times of change.

EMBA 260 – EMBA Individual Project (4 Units)
The course provides understanding of all the functions of an organization, and how those functions interrelate and interact.  The course emphasizes striking a balance among the various organizational functions, such as in accounting, finance, human relations, information systems, operations, and marketing.  Completion of an individual project is required.

B.  ELECTIVE COURSES (Four Courses Selected by Each Cohort)

EMBA 242 - Product and Brand Management (3 Units)
This course focuses on developing successful products and services as an on-going and iterative process.  It explores customer needs and expectations change, the dynamics of the marketplace make, and the need to continually refine and improve the product and service offerings.  Attention is given to how and when products must be modified over time to achieve their maximum potential, and eventually eliminated so resources can be directed to new products and services with greater long-term value.

EMBA 243 - Legal Issues in Business Environment (3 Units)
The course addresses sales contracts, employment law, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, and antitrust matters. The course also covers the interaction between a client and an attorney, how to use and communicate with a lawyer, and how to make legal-executive decisions. In all components, the course stresses ethical standards and the responsible roles of businesses in society.

EMBA 244 - Corporate Performance Measurements (3 Units)
The course introduces models to evaluate uncertain project outcomes, financial methods to estimate the intrinsic worth of the firm, metrics to evaluate firm performance in terms of shareholder value created, tools to analyze the shareholder wealth consequences of corporate restructuring activities, and discusses the ethical implications of corporate restructuring activities. An additional dimension of metrics will include human based metrics such as performance reviews and human development.

EMBA 245 - Competing in the Global Marketplace (3 Units)
Learn the principles of effective international management in a complex global environment of interactive socio-cultural, economic, and political forces. The course covers competitive strategies in the rapidly growing globalization and addresses what today’s networked economy offers.

EMBA 246 - Managing Creativity and Innovation (3 Units)
This course will provide students with a strong theoretical foundation and a set of practical tools for the management of creativity and innovation.  It will help students understand the innovation process and rethink an organization’s human resources strategy and transform it into a system that will promote growth and effectiveness at all levels of the organization.  The course will also provide a framework for a learning organization to recognize failures, disruptive technologies and strategies to overcome them.

EMBA 247 - Executive Decision Making (3 Units)
The course provides a framework for analyzing and identifying key management issues as well as developing plans for action. The course focuses on identifying what managers do, what distinguishes effective management, how managers make decisions, and what makes a company excellent.

EMBA 248 - Project Management for Executives (3 Units)
This course covers the knowledge and skills as well as the principles and practices required to organize, plan and control projects of all sizes. Topics covered in this course include a review of project characteristics and vulnerabilities, development of managerial philosophy and execution objectives, organization structure and interfaces, and management and control techniques.

EMBA 249 - Management in the Public Sector (3 Units)
Managing public sector organizations requires unique skill sets.  Governmental entities serve multiple constituencies, some of which may have differing and competing objectives and needs.  Traditional and innovative management practices have to be tempered by political realities and the public’s emphasis on service with accountability.  Managers have to perform their traditional roles while also being public relations specialists in dealing with the various constituencies of the public sector entity.

EMBA 299 - Special Problems in Executive Management (1-3 Units)
Individual projects or directed reading with examination for students qualified to carry on independent work. Note: Enrollment requires approval of faculty member supervising work in addition to the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate and External Programs. Petitions to be obtained from the Graduate Business Advising Center (GBAC).


EMBA Faculty – From Research to Practice
Faculty in the college of business administration (CBA) have doctorates from leading academic institutions which add to its diversity, academic strength, and teaching talent. They are well published in respected and leading academic and practitioner peer reviewed journals and continuously conduct cutting edge research that adds to the universe of scholarship, creativity, and innovation. Many engage in significant grants and contracts activity which allow them to put their research into practice.

In addition to CBA faculty there is also a select group of distinguished executive practitioners that teach in the program. These leading Fortune 500 practitioners and successful entrepreneurs bring a wealth of knowledge in their functional expertise as well as in-depth industry experience.

This co-instruction model presents an unparalleled value among MBA programs nationwide. 

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