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Santa Clara University's Silicon Valley Executive Center processes all CAAP Program applications, and will communicate with students as quickly as possible regarding application status. Applications are typically processed within two to four weeks of receipt.

If you have any questions about your application, please email or call 408-554-4522.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than accounting from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or foreign equivalent. Applicants must submit an official transcript documenting conferral of the degree including final cumulative GPA. Transcripts should also be provided within the application, for any graduate or junior college coursework.

International transcripts must be evaluated by a California Board of Accountancy approved evaluation service found at Evaluations must show a U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency and final cumulative grade point average in the course by course review.

Students with an undergraduate or graduate GPA lower than 2.5 must submit both a statement of purpose and a letter of recommendation in addition to transcripts. Please note that a low GPA does not disqualify a student from acceptance.

Though there is no deadline for applications, it is recommended that potential students apply early in the application cycle.

Both the Summer and Weekend Program applications open in January each year.

Not sure which format is right for you? Register for a free CAAP Information Session (held monthly January through August) or contact us directly at or 408-554-4522.

Summer Program

Students in the summer program take 45 quarter units of accounting courses from June through September, meeting every weekday from 9AM - 1PM. Each course lasts eight or nine consecutive days, Monday-Friday. You can count on several hours of homework each night. Because of the intense nature of the courses, we recommend that students do not work while enrolled in this program.

Weekend Program

Students in the weekend program take the courses from September through June on Sundays. Students meet in class for eight hours on the specified day from 9AM - 6PM with a one-hour break. Each course lasts about five weeks. 

The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program is offered via a part-time schedule.  International students are welcome to apply, though are urged to confirm that their visa requirements will be satisfied by enrollment in a part-time academic program.

The Leavey School of Business offers graduate programs which may serve the needs of international students and for which they may be eligible. International students interested in these programs should contact the Graduate Business area at or 408-554-4539.

International transcripts must be evaluated by any California Board of Accountancy approved agency found at Evaluations must show a U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency and final cumulative grade point average. 

Students who completed their formal education at a non-English speaking institution must complete the TOEFL exam and submit the results with their application. 

A minimum level of English proficiency is required to study in the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program. To be considered for admission, students must submit TOEFL exam results with a minimum score of 90 (iBT). English courses completed at a community college or U.S. university do not fulfill this requirement.

You are exempt from this requirement if you are from a country whose official language is English or if your Bachelor's (or Master's, if applicable) degree was completed at an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction. However, all applicants may be asked to provide further evidence of English proficiency as needed and you may be required to speak with the program director for advanced counseling prior to an admissions decision.

Note:  Applicants whose native language is English need not submit TOEFL scores.

You should have your scores sent to Santa Clara University – Leavey School of Business.
Institution code: 4851, Department code: 02 

Want more information about the application process? Contact the CAAP Program at or 408-554-4522.