Executive MBA Program

EMBA Admissions

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.

Professional Experience

  • Length, breadth and depth of your professional and managerial experience
  • Potential for career advancement
  • Support from your employing organization

Academic Background

  • 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)

Additional Criteria

  • 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 emba@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-6010.


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 Apply 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 Apply 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

  1. Official Transcripts:

    Please request ONE official transcript from ALL colleges and universities you have attended and listed on your online application. EMBA Transcript Request Form

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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
Executive and Specialized Programs
Fowler College of Business
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.

All students applying to the EMBA program are required to interview with the Program Director. To schedule an appointment, please contact the EMBA Office at (619) 594-6010 or emba@mail.sdsu.edu. Your appointment will be scheduled after you submit your online application. Please bring a copy of your resume, unofficial transcripts and a business card to your interview.

International documents
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.

We recommend:

IERF (International Education Research Foundation
6133 Bristol Pkwy #300, Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 258-9451

Please request a "Detail report with course level identification" to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions.

An applicant interview is an integral part of the admissions process and provides you with the opportunity to elaborate upon your qualifications and to ask questions about the program. You may schedule your required interview after you apply.

Now accepting Fall 2018 Applications. Last day for submission is May 31st 2018.




"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