Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

Introduced in June 2013, the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is designed to produce graduates who:

  • Recognize innovative ideas and assess their marketability
  • Understand the unique challenges of new business, including resource limitation and ability to scale
  • Operate within an ethical framework, implementing decisions with integrity
  • Create and sustain new ventures with potential for growth and long-term viability.

The MSE program is a 14-month, full-time degree program that equips students with the business skills and practical experience to ready themselves for careers in start-ups, social enterprise, and new business development. Most remaining program requirements are completed with classes that will also include students from the MBA and other M.S. programs. The MSE program is taught by the same faculty as the MBA program, and has the same Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation. A new class begins each June.


Admissions requirements for the MSE program are similar to those for the evening MBA program (please refer to the Admissions section, Chapter 3) with the following exceptions:

  • Admission is in the summer quarter only
  • Deferments are generally not permitted
  • Professional work experience is not required
  • An interview is required

Please refer to for additional information.


Course Waiver Policy
Students in the MSE program may receive credit for coursework taken previously in limited circumstances. Students with a professional qualification (CPA, CMA, Chartered Accountant or similar) or recent (within six years) substantial coursework in accounting, including through Intermediate Accounting, may receive credit for the Accounting requirement. Students with substantial preparation in statistics, including coursework (within six years) may receive credit for the Statistics core requirement. A minimum grade of B is required in each class accepted for waiver credit.

The determination of whether prior coursework or professional qualification is sufficient for credit may be made by the admissions staff in many circumstances. In unusual situations, students may be asked to prepare a petition outlining their prior preparation for faculty review.

This policy applies to matriculated students only. Course waivers may reduce the unit load in a given quarter. International students are required to maintain the term-unit load requirements as outlined by the Global Engagement Office at Santa Clara University. Policies for a non-matriculated students may be different.

Leaves of Absence
Due to the full-time nature of the MSE program, a student requiring a leave of absence will be required to withdraw from the program. Alternatives to continuing his/her education should be discussed with the director, M.S. Programs.

Program Withdrawal
Students who want to withdraw from the program and the university must notify the Graduate Business Programs Office of their intent in writing. Some portion of the tuition may be refunded and will be determined at time of withdrawal notification. Withdrawal from the university is not complete until the student clears obligations with the Bursar’s Office.

Transferring into Another Graduate Business Program
Transferring into another graduate business program is possible. A transfer will be granted only once, by application, and is at the discretion of the faculty director and the senior assistant dean. Applications can be submitted between September 15th and March 15th of each academic year.

Students wishing to apply for a transfer to another graduate business program will need to complete the following:

  • M.S. transfer application
  • A brief personal statement (1 page) advocating transfer
  • A recommendation from a SCU faculty member attesting to performance and supporting the transfer

The Faculty Director and Senior Assistant Dean will review the application, personal statement, and recommendation in concert with the student’s GRE/GMAT score and academic performance in the current M.S. program before making a decision on the request. A transfer back to the M.S. in Entrepreneurship is not possible once the student is approved to transfer to another graduate business program.

For information regarding entrance into the MBA program after completion of the MSE program, contact the Graduate Business Admissions Office, 109 Lucas Hall.

Academic Standing
To qualify for the MSE degree, a student must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all work taken in the Leavey School of Business. A grade of C- is considered a minimum passing grade in each course. A grade of F is considered a failing grade, and the units will not be counted toward graduation requirements.

After bootcamp (sessions 1 AND 2), if a student has a cumulative GPA below a 3.0, he/she will be placed on academic probation. A student then has one quarter to raise the GPA to 3.0.

The administration will reach out to the faculty midway through the term to acquire a status update on academic performance to ensure students are aware of academic resources and tutoring in an attempt to resolve matters before they can become GPA issues.

If a student has a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 at the end of his/her final quarter and all course requirements have been satisfied, no degree will be awarded until the cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or better through completion of additional course work in the SCU graduate business school.

Student Responsibility
Students enrolled in the MSE program are required to follow the same policies and procedures as students in the evening MBA program. Each student is personally responsible for knowing all of the academic regulations of the graduate business school. This includes, but is not limited to: grading, honor code, leave of absence, withdrawal, and concurrent enrollment policies. Please refer to the Academic Information section, Chapter 5, for additional information.


MSE program students can take advantage of all of the Graduate Business student life activities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Student network events
  • Career management seminars
  • Career fairs
  • Career counseling
  • End-of-quarter networking socials
  • Academic awards and recognition

In addition, special MSE activities will be offered by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Graduate Business Programs Office team.

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