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Evening MBA Curriculum

Santa Clara Business School’s core curriculum consists of core courses as well as electives. The core curriculum is designed to provide students an in-depth mastery of the academic disciplines and applied functional areas necessary to challenge conventional thinking in the global marketplace. The classes are not only taught by full-time professors but also by practitioners.

The core courses provide students with an understanding of the "context" in which businesses operate. Students acquire a holistic knowledge of business and its operations that enable them to understand how businesses are designed and successfully implemented. The core classes provides more than just practical knowledge, case-based lessons and collaborative learning models to analyze, decide, and lead — rather than merely know. Hence, the students are able to build core management skills and then move on to specialized electives that reflect their areas of interest. Before each term, exemption exams are offered, allowing students already deeply versed in a particular subject area and the opportunity to replace core courses with electives.

Evening MBA curriculum comprises of a widevariety of business classes such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, and operations. Most course descriptions and the curriculum can be seen here »

Program Design

The design of the 2017 curriculum was guided by two overarching goals:
1. To provide students with the skills and bodies of knowledge that support successful, fulfilling careers. 2. To continue to strengthen the curriculum’s alignment with the LSB’s primary points of distinction: Engagement with Silicon Valley strong content related to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (in both new and established firms) Blending theory and practice to help students put ideas into action, and commitment to the Jesuit ideals of ethics, integrity and corporate and individual social responsibility.


During the fall, winter, and spring quarters, classes generally meet twice per week for ten weeks for 85 minutes per session. 2-unit courses generally meet twice per week for five weeks covering the first or second half of a quarter. 1-unit courses generally meet once per week for five weeks covering the first or second half of a quarter. The Summer quarter is condensed into seven weeks, and class sessions are proportionally longer. In all quarters, final exam periods are two hours.

Evening MBA classes generally meet twice per week, either Mondays & Wednesdays, or Tuesdays & Thursdays. Classes meet from 5:45 - 7:20pm and 7:35 - 9:10pm.

Curriculum Outline

The Santa Clara MBA curriculum consists of 70 units across 13 core courses (40 units), one required elective (2 units) and 27 additional units of free electives. While entering students are recommended a particular schedule for their first year, there is considerable flexibility in the order in which courses are taken (with the caveat that all prerequisites must be satisfied before enrolling in a particular course). Math analysis/calculus and basic statistics proficiency is expected when entering the MBA program.


Core Courses IDIS 3700 1 unit Effective Business Communications
  ACTG 3000 4 units Financial Accounting
  ECON 3000 4 units Managerial Economics
  FNCE 3000 4 units Financial Management
  MGMT 3000*  4 units Leading People and Organizations
  MGMT 3200 2 units Business Ethics
  MGMT 3050 4 units Strategy
  MKTG 3000 4 units Marketing is Everything
  MKTG 3200 2 units Doing Business in Silicon Valley
  OMIS 3000 4 units Business Analytics
  OMIS 3202 2 units Analytical Decision Making
  OMIS 3250 2 units Analysis, Design, and Management of Enterprise Platforms
  OMIS 3252 2 units Operations Management
Required “Challenges in” Elective    2 units  
Free Elective Courses    28 units  
Experimental Courses      
Independent Study       

Note: Courses are subject to change and availability in a given quarter is not guaranteed. *MGMT 3000 is taught as an Intensive Course over 4- 5 days (weekends and evenings) before the start of the first quarter.