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Admissions Information


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a foreign equivalent (see International Students below). Applicants must submit an official transcript showing receipt of the bachelor’s or master's degree. If your undergraduate or graduate GPA is below 2.5, you must submit a statement of purpose and a letter of recommendation in addition to transcripts.

Veterans only: The CAAP program Admissions Committee reviews and evaluates transcripts for possible transfer credit and grants credit when appropriate, which determines the number of CAAP courses required.

Application Deadlines

We process applications and make acceptance decisions on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply early in the application cycle.

The Summer Program application will open on December 1, 2017.

The Weekend Program application cycle begins May 1, 2018.

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International Students

The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program is offered via a part-time weekend schedule.  As such, international students are ineligible to apply since US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements for international students mandate full-time enrollment in academic programs. Visas cannot be issued for the Summer CAAP 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,a student 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 


Weekend Program

Students in the weekend program take the courses from September through June on either Saturdays (cohort 1) or Sunday (cohort 2). Students meet in class on either Saturday or Sunday (not both) for eight hours each day: from 9AM - 6PM with a one-hour break. Each course lasts about five weeks. 

Summer Program

Students in the summer program take 45 quarter units of accounting courses from June through September, meeting every weekday from 9AM-1PM (cohort 1) or 2:30PM-6:30PM (cohort 2). 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.

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