Sonoma State Wine Business Institute

Sonoma, California

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Where Will Sonoma State University Take You?
Located in the heart of a World-Class Wine Region 

Sonoma State University (SSU) is based in the heart of Northern California’s famed and world-class wine region, Sonoma County. 

An hour’s drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County boasts beautiful seashore beaches, hiking trails, towering redwoods, famed mountain biking, the Russian River, rolling vineyards, wineries, and an array of idyllic small and medium-sized towns. 

The SSU campus is located in Rohnert Park, California, and offers a unique balance of academics, community, and lifestyle. SSU’s campus is picturesque with lakes, forests, and meandering walking paths among notable buildings, including the School of Business & Economics’ state-of-the-art facilities in Stevenson Hall, the Wine Spectator Learning Center, and our world-class Green Music Center. 

The Wine Business Institute (WBI) has announced several scholarship opportunities for the 2023/24 academic school year. Please use this link to learn about the current awards and for directions on how to apply. Be sure to submit both the university application via Cal State Apply as well as the Wine Business Institute scholarship application before the April 16th scholarship deadline if you are interested. For questions about our MBA programs or the application process, you may schedule a meeting with our Admissions Lead, Emily Porter or email our team at mba@sonoma.edu.
Degrees Offered
MBA: Wine Business 

Study with talented wine business professionals who bring rich experience and global perspectives to challenges and opportunities faced by wine business leaders in domestic and international markets around the world. 

Program Learning Objectives: 

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to make strategic business decisions
  •  Recognize and apply techniques for managing and motivating employees 
  • Design purpose-driven business solutions that can contribute towards a more sustainable world 
  • Navigate an ever-changing global environment

MBA Programs:

  • Duration: 1 Year Full-Time / 2 Years Part-Time 
  • Schedule: Weekday Evenings 
  • Program Start: August 
  • Location: Hybrid (SSU Campus & Online) 
  • Minimum Work Experience: 2 Years Professional 
Executive MBA: Global Wine Business 

Our Executive MBA in Wine Business Curriculum and Program Structure 

This innovative hybrid Executive MBA program is focused on wine business and is composed of powerful, experiential, project-based curricula divided into five online sessions. In between the five sessions are four in-person leadership residentials, three conducted in California, and one internationally. The program culminates in California with two days of final project presentations and a graduation celebration.

Top Four Reasons Graduates Pursue a WINE EMBA:

  1. Advance Career Opportunities 
  2. Develop Professional Leadership Skills
  3. Improve Job Effectiveness 
  4. Increase Salary Potential

Learning Objectives 

  • Perform situation analysis of a firm’s internal and external environments (including macro-economic analysis) 
  • Apply financial tools used to support business decisions 
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing (delivering a professional presentation) 
  • Critically evaluate problems and arrive at well-reasoned solutions 
  • Describe and apply major leadership theories to solve business situations 
  • Engage and provide feedback to teammates to earn trust and achieve desired outcomes 

GWEMBA Program:

  • Duration: 18 months 
  • Program Start: October 
  • Minimum Work Experience: 6 Years Professional 

* Program schedule, activities, locations, and delivery modes are subject to change.

About the Wine Business Institute

The Wine Business Institute (WBI) serves as an intellectual and industry center for faculty, students, and the business community. Founded in 1996 as a partnership between the wine industry and the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, the WBI provides cutting-edge research that informs industry best practices and program curriculum. The WBI offers online and in-person wine-focused degrees and industry certifications.

About Our Facilities – Wine Spectator Learning Center

Home to our Graduate and Professional Wine Business Certificate program, the Wine Spectator Learning Center is an education and industry hub designed around advanced-technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders.

About Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics

Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. With an emphasis on experiential learning and a faculty dedicated to teaching and research, the school is committed to preparing the next generation of business leaders.

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  • Online Certificate in Wine Business Management
  • Online Certificate in Wine Industry Finance and Accounting
  • BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Wine Business Strategies
  • Executive MBA: Global Wine Business
  • MBA: Wine Business 

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