Requirements Checklist

Please note

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent four-year baccalaureate degree approved by home country's Ministry of Education.

An application will not go into final review with the Admissions Committee until all admissions materials are received. You are welcome to drop materials off at our office in Lucas Hall, Suite 116, or mail them to:

Graduate Business Admissions
Leavey School of Business
Lucas Hall Suite 116
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Application Requirements

  1. Online application form complete with resume and essay question responses. Visit the online application web page here »
  2. Online application fee paid by credit card ($100 for domestic applicants; $150 for international applicants)
  3. Official GMAT or GRE exam results. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be sent directly from the ETS office to Santa Clara University (GMAT code BV3-WB51;GRE code 7238).
  4. Official Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) / International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score if your first language is not English. 
  5. Two official transcripts from each college / university-level institution attended, including extension programs, and the NACES Evaluation for international institutions attended.
  6. Two completed confidential Letters of Recommendation from faculty, managers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work. Downloadable forms provided in the online application.

After Submitting the Online Application

Once you've submitted a completed application, you will receive confirmation from our Admissions Team. Upon receiving all application materials, a member of the Admissions Team will reach out to schedule your final on-campus interview. Applicants from outside the immediate area will be given the option of a phone / Skype interview.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability as indicated by college records and GMAT/GRE, demonstrated career vision in the field of finance, personal and professional recommendations, and motivations to complete a demanding academic program.

MSF applications are reviewed after the deadline (December 1 - early deadline - or February 1). An Admissions interview will be conducted before a final offer of acceptance is made. Admissions decisions are made within two to three (2-3) weeks after the final admissions interview.

A $750 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure a position in the MSF program within four weeks of acceptance to the program.

Helpful Resources

Graduate Business Mailing Address

Graduate Business Admissions
Leavey School of Business
Lucas Hall Suite 116
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Call     408-554-4539

Institution Codes

  • GRE, reference Institution code: 7238
  • GMAT, reference Institution code: BV3-WB51
  • TOEFL, reference Institution code: 4851, Department code: 02

Have the GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores sent directly from the test center to the Graduate Business Admissions Committee.

International Applicants

In addition to submitting general application materials, international students should be aware of the requirements below. 

  1. Degree Evaluation
    All applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES We require course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation. Exceptions are made for applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. university.
  2. TOEFL
    Applicants whose first language is not English (regardless of whether your schooling was in English) must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and have ETS send the scores directly to Santa Clara University, Institution Code 4851, Department 02. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the IBT test. The TOEFL may be waived if the applicant receives a score in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GMAT/GRE, or has obtained a U.S. degree from an accredited institution.
Visa Preparation Process

International students who are admitted to the program will require an F-1 visa to enter the country. Once you have been officially admitted, in order to be issued an I-20, we will require the following documents: 

  1. I-20 Request Form
  2. Transfer Clearance Form – Only needed for students in F-1 status who are transferring from a university within the United States or who are working on OPT.
  3. Financial Documents – showing funding for tuition, living expenses, health insurance, and other costs for one academic year. Please see the estimated expenses on our ISS page for a breakdown.
  4. Affidavit of Support Form
  5. Passport – photocopy of biographical page of student passport 

All required forms can be found at:

Financial Aid for Foreign Students

The University Financial Aid Office can help you locate and apply for private loans. You may visit the Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building near the entrance of campus for additional information. Call the staff at 408-551-1000, or e-mail

International students are eligible to apply for scholarships. 

U.S. Employment for Foreign Students 

To learn more about employment opportunities for international students on- or off-campus, please visit the International Student Services website here »

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