Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic and managerial accomplishments, professional and educational goals, desire to succeed, and potential for advancement.
Successful applicants will generally possess at least 10 years of professional full-time work experience, and will have held an executive or management level position for more than five years. Others will have had successful careers in professions such as medicine or law.
- Length, breadth and depth of your professional and managerial experience
- Potential for career advancement
- Support from your employing organization
- A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association
- Previous graduate-level coursework, when available
- Performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GMAT can be waived for applicants with a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA in a quantitative discipline (This is determined on a case-by-case basis, during your pre-applicant interview)
- Potential contributions to the learning experience of the class
- Professional maturity and motivation
- Ability and willingness to make a 22-month commitment
- Community service and professional activities
If you have questions about the admission process or would like additional information sent to you, please contact the EMBA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 594-6010.
Download EMBA Application Instructions (pdf)
Download an EMBA Application Checklist
To apply to the Executive MBA program, you must first register with the California
State University system, of which we are part, through the CSU Mentor online portal.
This is the first step in the application process, and should be completed prior to sending any supporting documents or materials. Please register through CSU Mentor as soon as possible, this creates an applicant profile for you with the SDSU Office of Graduate Admissions and allows you to proceed with the rest of the Executive MBA application.
Register and complete an application for Graduate Admission with the California State
University system online
The application for Graduate Admissions includes a nonrefundable $55 application fee. Payment of the application fee is by credit card or check/money order. Using the credit card method will expedite the processing of your application. SDSU must receive payment before your application will be reviewed. The application fee is nonrefundable and may not be transferred to another term. When completing the application, be sure to give your full legal name and avoid abbreviations.
Under "Major/Program Objective" select Business Administration: Executive MBA - External Degree (major code 221705). The term "external degree" designates that the Executive MBA program is a self-support program on a special sessions schedule.
Statement of Purpose
When asked to submit a statement of career objectives, please indicate: Sent to EMBA office directly.
Instructions for statement of career objective is explained in Part II: Supporting Documents.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The university requires that all students applying for admission to advanced degree programs present satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Test scores should be sent electronically to San Diego State University (Institutional Code 4682 for GRE and 9LT-2P-73 for GMAT). For complete information on the availability of these tests, applicants are invited to contact the Student Testing, Assessment and Research Office on campus.
All students applying for admission to the EMBA program may petition to waive the GRE General Test or GMAT requirement if the applicant holds a professional doctoral degree from an institution whose professional program is accredited. All students applying to the EMBA program may also petition to waive this examination requirement if the applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA or Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
All applicants who have completed three years of full-time study at the secondary or post-secondary level where English was not the language of instruction must pass the TOEFL test. For testing dates and locations and to schedule an appointment, http://www.ets.org/toefl. SDSU institutional code 4682
Please request ONE official transcript from ALL colleges and universities you have attended and listed on your online application. EMBA Transcript Request Form
Two letters of recommendation:
Please submit two recommendation letters. One of these letters should come from your immediate supervisor and the other from a business associate who can knowledgeably discuss your managerial and academic abilities, accomplishments and potential. EMBA Confidential Recommendation Form
Statement of Career Objectives:
This statement should include a description of your short and long-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the Executive MBA degree will help you to achieve them. This essay should be a maximum of two pages, double spaced.
Corporate/Individual Sponsorship Form:
This is required to insure that your organizational sponsor will agree to allow you to attend classes on the mandatory Fridays and Saturdays, and to determine if your organization plans to cover all or part of your educational fees. EMBA Corporate Sponsorship Form
NOTE: Letters of recommendation, statement of objectives, and sponsorship forms can also be submitted via email or fax.
Please submit the official transcript, two letters of recommendation, statement of career objective, and the corporate/individual sponsorship form to the following address:
Executive MBA Program, Attn: Patricia van Damme
Specialized & International Programs Office
College of Business Administration
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8232
All students applying to the EMBA program are required to present an updated resume and a business card at the time of the application interview.
If you have international coursework, you must have your school send us one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents.
IERF (International Education Research Foundation
6133 Bristol Pkwy #300, Culver City, CA 90230
Please request a "Detail report with course level identification" to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions.
Fall 2017 Application Opens October 1st, 2016
File completion deadlines
1st Deadline: December 1st, 2016 (decision by December 15th, 2016)
Take GMAT/GRE no later than November 15th, 2016
2nd Deadline: February 1st, 2017 (decision by February 15th, 2017)
Take GMAT/GRE no later than January 15th, 2017
3rd Deadline: May 1st, 2017 (decision by May 15th, 2017)
Take GMAT/GRE no later than April 15th, 2017
Testimonials"SDSU's EMBA program is an opportunity to transform the experienced manager into a savvy business leader. The outstanding program is further enriched by a rigorous selection process, which assures a diverse and committed student body. The uniqueness of the faculty, who are academicians as well as seasoned businessmen and women, lends a practical approach to the represented disciplines. The dedication to excellence by the EMBA administrative team virtually removes all obstacles and guarantees success for all participants."
Lynne H. Milgram, MD
Executive Medical Director
Sharp Community Medical Group
EMBA VI Graduate, 1997