Helpful Information for International Applicants
You may have questions about graduate business study in the U.S. and this section and our FAQs may help you. If you need additional information, we welcome your email (email@example.com).
In addition to submitting general application materials, international students should be aware of the requirements below.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
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. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the IBT test. We also accept the IELTS. A minimum score of 7.0 is required. 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 have obtained a U.S. degree from an accredited institution. You should confirm your eligibility for a waiver with the Graduate Business Admissions office.
Foreign-born applicants requesting student visas (F-1) must be accepted and have placed a deposit in order to process an I-20. F-1 applicants must be enrolled in at least eight (8) units per quarter. See the University's website for international students for more information regarding student visas.
Once accepted to the Leavey School of Business, you need to complete the I-20 Request Form and the Financial Resource Statement and include official documents verifying funds to cover tuition, fees and living expenses for the first year of the two-year MBA program. These documents cannot be more than 90 days old.
NOTE: International students who are studying on the F-1 visa are not eligible for the Executive MBA program.
Federal financial aid is not available for non-US citizens, except in cases where they have attained Permanent Resident status and have made application for citizenship. For more information, please contact the Graduate Business Admissions and Financial Aid, Leavey School of Business, 408-554-4539.
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 »
How do I get my degree evaluated?
SCU requires a WES ICAP (World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package) evaluation for international degrees. For more information, see WES.
As an applicant who would need an F1 Student Visa to study in the U.S., which programs are full-time?
International applicants, those needing a student visa to study in the program, are eligible to apply for our Evening MBA and all MS programs. Due to the specialized nature of our Executive MBA program, F-1 visa holders are not eligible for admission. (H1 and H4 visa holders and permanent residents are eligible for these programs.)
Is it possible to receive conditional admission before taking the GMAT or GRE?
No. All required application materials must be received by the Admissions Office in order for an admissions decision to be made.
I have little work experience. Am I eligible for any of Santa Clara's MBA programs?
Exceptionally qualified international students with fewer than three years of professional work experience are eligible to apply to our Evening MBA program.
I have a three-year degree; am I eligible to apply?
Have your degree evaluated by World Education Services (WES). If your degree is evaluated as a Bachelor's Degree, we will accept it.
Do I need to take the TOEFL?
The TOEFL may be waived only if the applicant receives a score in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE. Applicants whose GMAT/GRE score was lower than the 50th percentile, and whose native 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 of 100 on the IBT test is required. Applications with a degree from an accredited U.S. university are waived from the TOEFL requirement.
Santa Clara University's MBA is a part-time program. Can I still enroll?
Yes. Our MBA program is considered flexible; therefore, it is possible for students to enroll in either a part-time or full-time equivalent course-load.
International students are required to enroll in at least 8 quarter units each term. Enrolling in 8 units per term, including summer term, you will finish your MBA in approximately two years. (Note: summer term is optional).