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Note: Refer to designated chapters for curriculum details specific to the Masters of Science in Information Systems, Finance, and Entrepreneurship; Accelerated MBA, and Executive MBA Programs.
The Santa Clara MBA program is designed to develop leaders with a broad business, economic, and social perspective who are capable of managing change in dynamic environments. Students develop breadth of understanding through course work in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and operations management and information systems; and depth by concentrating electives in particular functional cross-disciplinary areas.
The below information describes the curriculum for students entering the Evening MBA Program Fall 2013 and later, and those continuing students who choose to change to the 2013 curriculum.
The design of the 2013 curriculum was guided by two overarching goals:
Students completing the program will be able to make and implement decisions, formulate and execute strategy at the appropriate level, and manage people and organizations to promote growth and prosperity.
OVERVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM
The Santa Clara MBA curriculum consists of 70 units comprised of seven Foundation I courses (28 units), five Foundation II courses (19 units), and 23 units of electives. Fifteen of the elective units are designated for the completion of a required concentration. The remaining eight elective units are unallocated and may be taken in any discipline.
There is considerable flexibility in the order in which other courses are taken, although all prerequisites must be satisfied before enrolling in a particular course. Math analysis/calculus proficiency, the preprogram requirement, must be demonstrated no later than the end of the first quarter of residence.
During the fall, winter, and spring quarters, classes generally meet twice per week for 75-minute sessions.
Each quarter, a few elective courses are offered on a once-a-week basis. One-unit courses are generally offered on Friday evenings and/or Saturdays. Four-unit classes will hold additional class sessions or extend class time for selected days.
Summer evening quarter classes are two hours in length and meet twice per week as the quarter is more condensed.
In all quarters, final exam periods are two hours in length.
Foundation I (28 Units)
Six unit courses are completed over two sequential quarters.
Foundation II (19 Units)
Elective Courses (23 Units – 15 within a Concentration, plus 8 additional elective units)
Any course offered in conjunction with the MBA program, with the exception of those otherwise required, is considered an elective. For descriptions of elective courses, see Chapter 18 of this bulletin. New courses are continually being developed. Please contact the Graduate Business Programs Office for information on new electives scheduled after this bulletin was finalized.
Santa Clara University’s MBA program has a general management perspective but also requires students to complete a concentration as a requirement for graduation. Students must declare a concentration when they begin the program but can change their selection at any time. Fifteen of the required 23 elective units are needed to earn a concentration. A concentration will be reflected on a student’s official transcript pending completion of all required courses for the concentration at the time the degree is awarded. Although the awarded concentration will appear on the student’s official degree transcript, the concentration does not appear on the student’s diploma.
Santa Clara’s MBA program currently offers six concentrations, the requirements for which are detailed below. Appropriate experimental courses (38**) and 1-unit courses may count toward a concentration if listed. Otherwise, consult the Graduate Business Programs Office for the petition procedure for such courses if not listed. Coursework completed outside of Santa Clara University will not satisfy a concentration requirement.
As a result of the dynamic nature of concentrations and course offerings, changes to concentration requirements may occur throughout the academic year. Consult with the Graduate Business Office, or the relevant concentration website , for the most recent concentration requirements.
Each concentration has a faculty coordinator(s). The coordinators are available to assist students in making decisions about their concentrations and for approving new and experimental courses that may count toward the concentration. Additionally, concentration coordinators organize topical events in conjunction with the Graduate Business Programs Team.
Data Science and Business Analytics
15 units of marketing electives plus a total of 12 elective units
Students are strongly encouraged to follow one of the areas of emphasis denoted below. However, specialization is not required, and will not be noted on the student’s transcript. Students may mix and match courses from the Product and Brand Management Emphasis, the Digital Marketing & e.Commerce Emphasis and the Channel Marketing & Sales Management Emphasis, and any other marketing courses.
With the exception of MKTG 3442, all marketing electives may be counted toward the Marketing concentration requirements.
Digital Marketing and e.Commerce Emphasis
Channel Marketing & Sales Management Emphasis
Product & Brand Management Emphasis
15 units of finance electives
Students who wish to may specialize in one of the two following tracks. However, specialization is not required, and will not be noted on the student’s transcript. Students may mix and match courses from the Corporate Track, the Investment Track, and any other finance courses.
With the exception of FNCE 451 and FNCE 3452, all finance electives may be counted toward the finance concentration requirements. Students who have taken FNCE 451 and 455 under the pre-2013 curriculum will receive two units toward finance concentration electives, and will have satisfied the pre-requisite for most Investment Track courses.
Leading Innovative Organizations
* Only one of MGMT 3549 and MGMT 3550 (but not both) will satisfy one of the four elective requirements.
Individual Studies Concentration
Students who want to pursue an ISC should begin by scheduling a meeting with the ISC Coordinator to obtain a list of instructions regarding administrative details.
Petitions to pursue an ISC must be approved by the ISC Coordinator, the Graduate Business Faculty Director, a faculty sponsor, and the Senior Assistant Dean for Graduate Business Programs. For questions about designing and declaring ISC, please contact the ISC Concentration Coordinator, Dr. Patricia Cameron-Loyd.
Food and Agribusiness
Note: Completion of one of the above listed concentrations is required in addition to the coursework in this specialization.
The Santa Clara MBA program recognizes the increasing importance of obtaining an international perspective on business and society. Students are exposed to multinational business issues and multicultural perspectives in many of the required courses. Most departments offer electives focusing on international issues from a disciplinary or functional perspective
MBA students have the option to participate in study abroad opportunities during the MBA program. Recent study abroad locations have included Brazil, China, France, England, Vietnam, Germany, New Zealand, Turkey, and India. Leavey School of Business faculty lead all trips. The Global Business Perspectives courses are considered elective courses. A maximum of two global initiative courses may be taken toward a student’s elective requirements.
GRADUATE TRANSFER CREDIT
Graduate transfer credit may be granted if specific requirements are met. A maximum of two courses (6 quarter units) of graduate credit from another AACSB-accredited MBA program may be transferred for either required or elective courses if the course was:
Graduate transfer credit is granted on a course-for-course basis only. No credit will be given for coursework done elsewhere while in the MBA program without prior approval. This restriction does not apply to students participating in the Jesuit Transfer Agreement.
Students are responsible for ensuring that they have completed all the prerequisites for a course before registering. Prerequisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions in Chapter 18 of this bulletin. Course prerequisites are reviewed annually by the academic departments.
Although not explicitly stated in the description of individual courses, when a course is named as a prerequisite, then its prerequisites also are included by reference, and all prerequisites must be satisfied before a student can enroll.
eCampus, the Web-based registration system, does not allow enrollment in any class or onto any waitlist if the prerequisites for that course have not been completed successfully. The system recognizes current enrollment in prerequisite classes at the time of registration. Course instructors cannot waive prerequisites. Additionally, 6-unit foundation courses must be completed in sequential quarters.
Note: Graduation will not be approved until all prerequisites, required courses, and other requirements of the program, have been fulfilled.
GRADUATION PETITION PROCESS
In order to graduate, all MBA students must complete and submit an online Petition to Graduate. The information provided in the petition will be used to order and mail the diploma and list all graduates’ names in the SCU commencement book. If this data changes after the petition has been submitted, students must re-submit an amended petition. Students failing to do so could be omitted from the commencement book and ceremony.
To be eligible to graduate, Graduate Business students must complete:
Note: Students who complete degree requirements and graduate in September 2015 (Summer 2015 term), December 2015 (Fall 2015 term), March 2016 (Spring 2016 term), or June 2016 (Spring 2016 term) will be eligible to walk in the June 2016 Commencement ceremony. Students who complete the degree requirement and plan to graduate in September 2016 (Summer 2016) or later will not be eligible to walk in the June 2016 Commencement ceremony; they are welcome to walk in the June 2017 ceremony.
Deadlines to submit a Petition to Graduate are as follows:
To Petition to Graduate visit the website: www.scu.edu/business/graduates/graduation/