School of Business and Economics


The School of Business and Economics houses the following departments and programs:

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Wine Business

Points of Pride:

• Global leader in wine business education and research, including starting the first programs in the U.S. offering undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA degrees focused on the business of wine

• One of the 10 precent of business schools worldwide accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools

• The SSU Wine Business Institute's Wine Spectator Learning Center opens in 2017

• Focus on hands-on learning includes Sonoma State Cellars, Entreprenoma, a consulting class that works with clients in the North Bay business community, and more

• Home of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis

• Students and alumni are recognized by the business community as having hands-on, practical experiences that enable them to immediately contribute to business results

• Through its Center for Advising and Placement (CAP), the School offers customized recruiting services to regional and national companies for internships and career placements including Chevron, Korbel, Jackson Family Wines, Target, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Deloitte and Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Golden Pacific Systems, Exchange Bank, Redwood Credit Union, CrossCheck and the County of Sonoma

• Involved in conferences and events including the North Bay Economic Outlook Conference, professional seminars in the Wine Business Program, the Sustainable Enterprise Conference and the small business consulting program

• Recent faculty awards include the Gourmand Award for the best book in wine business, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Teacher of the Year, the North Bay Top 40 Business People under 40, the best paper award at the Associate for Business Research Wine Research conference, and first place in the John Molson MBA International Case Writing Competition