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Fall 2021 Classes

Leavey School of Business: The health and safety of the campus community are the top priority. We continue to closely monitor developments with the virus and we are cautiously optimistic that the numbers are headed in the right direction. As such, all important updates related to our gradual return to campus will be updated as they are announced. 

SCU has already engaged in a slow and cautious reopening and will continue to do so through summer quarter. The university reserves the right to be more cautious than public health guidance may dictate.

Last updated: April 19, 2021.

This site is information directly related to Graduate Business programs and how your Fall quarter will operate with the current COVID-19 situation.




As announced earlier, all MS programs (Business Analytics, Finance & Analytics and Information Systems) will be online for the Winter 2021 quarter.  These are some FAQs to answer what this means for you.

Admitted Student FAQs 

Are all classes going to be online?

Yes, all MS classes are going to be online for Winter 2021.  The Graduate Business Programs Office is hopeful that some MBA classes will be on-campus, but the planning around this has not been finalized and will depend on availability of space, instructors and government guidelines. 

Why aren’t MS classes being considered for on-campus in the Winter?

The answer is two-fold: 1) We need to slowly introduce populations back to campus to allow for proper social distancing and implementation of testing protocols.  2) Since the majority of MS students are international, abrupt changes in modality or inability to get a visa can severely impact their status and eligibility.  To avoid this and ease some stress around “what-ifs” scenarios we’ve decided to start with MBAs in Winter 2021. 

How does this affect me?

Well this depends.  It depends on your program.  Your visa status.  Your goals.  And the combination of these factors. 

I have a set graduation date in mind, does this change my ability to meet this?

We are committed to meeting the graduation dates our admitted students came in with.  If you planned to finish in a certain quarter, that is still available for you.  We are still running as many classes as usual online as we would on-campus.

If things get better and regulations are loosened, is there a chance we will move classes back on-campus in Winter quarter?

If we start your class online, we will finish it online.  If the situation gets better and regulations are loosened, we may be able to do some events on-campus, but we will NOT ask you to come to campus for classes in the Winter.

What if I don’t want to do Winter quarter online?

You can formally withdraw (if you exercised a deferral from Fall quarter) or you should NOT accept and NOT deposit if you are accepted for Winter.   

Can I defer?

Because the next start isn’t until Fall 2021, we will NOT hold a spot for you.  Instead, you should re-apply if you are serious about starting an MS program then.   

Can I get a refund on my deposit?

You must notify us by November 2, 2020 of your intent not to come and we will return your deposit by following the direction emailed to you under separate cover.  If you were just accepted, simply deny your acceptance and do not deposit.  Anyone who deposits AFTER the announcement date will not be offered a refund on their deposit. 

International & student visa-related questions:  

I’m an international student and I’m worried that this will affect my Optional Practical Training eligibility?

Winter quarter 2021 being online will NOT affect any international student's eligibility for OPT.  We anticipate you will be able to join us on-campus in time to meet OPT eligibility requirements (3 consecutive quarters of on-campus full-time enrollment).  

Will this affect my ability to do CPT?

To be eligible for CPT (which is immigration authorization to work off-campus during your academic program) international students must complete 3 consecutive quarters of full-time enrollment. As it currently stands, enrolling in classes online while outside the U.S. does not count towards the 3 consecutive quarters of full-time enrollment for CPT eligibility. We have requested additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (SEVP) and will update our policies if best practices or guidance changes. The ISS website ( will be updated if there are any changes.

Currently, if you begin your academic program while outside of the U.S. enrolling in Winter 2021 quarter online, and then enter the U.S. in F-1 status for Spring 2021, you can begin CPT in the Winter 2022 (if you take a full course load of classes in the Summer 2021) or Spring 2022 (if you do not take a full course load in Summer of 2021). 

Will I have to submit my I-20 paperwork if Winter is online?

SCU’s ISS team are still issuing I-20s and supporting visa applications for all admitted students. If you have not requested your I-20 yet, you should do so.

You can review our I-20 request process here.  

You can review our I-20 request deadlines here.  

Graduate business students submit I-20 requests directly to your graduate admissions team by uploading the required documents to your admitted student portal.

Your I-20 will be issued with a Spring quarter start date. You can plan to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the Spring 2021 start date (classes start on March 29, 2021; you may enter the U.S. on or after February 27, 2021).

We will continue to issue I-20s with Winter 2021 start dates only for students already in the U.S. who are: 

  • Transferring their active F-1 SEVIS immigration records to SCU from another school, or
  • Requesting an I-20 to file a Change of Status application with USCIS. 

If I’m in the United States and transfer my F1 visa to SCU, can I remain in the US to do the Winter quarter?  

If you are already in the U.S. and transferring your active F-1 SEVIS immigration record to SCU we assume you will either stay in the U.S. or that you will return to the U.S. for the start of classes. You will be required to attend International Student Welcome (ISW) and complete immigration check-in. Your immigration record will be validated to show you are in the U.S. You will be eligible to take your Fall classes online while in the U.S. or after you have completed immigration check-in and we have validated your immigration record, you may depart the U.S. and take classes from abroad, if you prefer. 

If I’ve already submitted I-20 paperwork, will I have to re-submit it?  

You do not need to submit your documents again. Our team will issue your I-20 within our normal 15 business day processing time.


Your I-20 will be issued with a Spring quarter start date. You can plan to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the Spring 2021 start date (classes start on March 29, 2021; you may enter the U.S. on or after February 27, 2021).

We will continue to issue I-20s with Winter 2021 start dates only for students already in the U.S. who are: 

  • Transferring their active F-1 SEVIS immigration records to SCU from another school, or
  • Requesting an I-20 to file a Change of Status application with USCIS.

When is the deadline for my I-20 paperwork for Spring 2021?
The deadline for students who plan to enter the U.S. in F-1 status in Spring 2021 is February 1, 2021. You can review our I-20 request deadlines here

Additional FAQs for International students can be found on the Global Engagement page found here


At Santa Clara University we understand the incredible stress and anxiety COVID19 is causing across the globe. 

For those of you who have planned for graduate school only to have your exam(s) canceled, transcript evaluations held and travel banned, please know we feel for you and are committed to helping you achieve your dream of graduate education.

Here we’ve created some answers to some of the pressing questions we’ve been getting over the last few weeks.

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We hope you find the answers you’re looking for here. If not, please feel free to reach out to our Admissions Team.  They are here to help you navigate these difficult times.

Prospective Students: Applying or thinking of applying

Test Examination Resources:

  • GMAT™ Exam (Test Center Based): The test-center based delivery is available 7 days a week and can be scheduled up to 6 months in advance.  
  • GMAT™ Online Exam: The GMAT™ Online exam has around the clock availability of the online exam.  It is an online and remote proctored solution developed to support candidates and schools during the disruption to test center-based delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. While open to all test-takers, the GMAT™ Online exam format is intended to support candidates working to meet upcoming b-school application deadlines.
  • GRE® General Test (Test Center Based): The General Test is offered year-round at Prometric® test centers, and also on specific dates at additional testing locations outside of the Prometric test center network. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Stay at Home GRE:  The GRE® General Test at home is here to stay. It's the same valid and reliable GRE General Test, delivered to test takers at home. Monitoring of the test is conducted using live remote proctors and artificial intelligence technology by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.
  • TOEFL Exam (Test Center Based): Find a location near you to test safely in person
  • TOEFL iBTE® Home Edition:  The TOEFL iBT® Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who prefer to take their test at home rather than a test center.
    • Note: If your GRE or GMAT verbal score is greater than the 50th percentile, or if you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the US, your TOEFL is waived. 
  • Duolingo English Test: Duolingo is a fast, convenient, and affordable English proficiency test.  No appointments, no test centers. Finish in under 1 hour and get results in less than 5 days.  When searching for Santa Clara University, please remember to select “Graduate” from the drop-down menu when submitting your score.  Our equivalent Duolingo score is 120.  
  • GMAT/GRE Waivers: Individuals who feel they have a competitive application may submit a GMAT/GRE Waiver request form before applying to the program.   Waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. Your waiver request will undergo evaluation by the Admissions Committee and your decision will be emailed to you within 1 week. All waiver decisions are final.
    • Any applicant who is granted a GMAT/GRE waiver is NOT ELIGIBLE for SCU Leavey School of Business scholarships.  
    • If you have taken the GMAT or GRE within the last 5 years, and you have a valid reportable score, you are not eligible for a waiver.
    • Apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver here.  

My Foreign Evaluation: 

  • Applicants with a degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated, regardless if the transcript is printed in English. We require a course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation. We have several service NACES approved providers.

    We recognize that due to the pandemic there are some schools who are unable to provide official transcripts. If you have an unofficial copy of your foreign transcript, please use SPANTRAN for your course-by-course evaluation. SPANTRAN will accept the unofficial transcript, evaluate it, and will submit a "preliminary" course-by-course evaluation and deliver it to SCU electronically. Once your school fully reopens, SPANTRAN will authenticate and verify your transcript with your institution and submit a final report.

    Note: For MBA, Online MBA and Executive MBA only, we may be able to move forward with your application without the course-by-course evaluation, but will need to receive your course-by-course evaluation if you enroll in the program.  
  • We are now accepting evaluations from the following companies: 


When can I register for Fall classes?

You don't have to worry about that.  Your Student Services team will enroll you in all Fall (Q1) classes.  You will begin enrolling yourself in classes beginning Winter (Q2).  Winter quarter registration will occur in October and we'll hold "How To Register" workshops to walk you through the process.

When will I be enrolled in classes?

You will be enrolled in late July.

What classes will I be enrolled in for Fall (MSIS)?

MSIS full-time students will be enrolled in 10 total units for Fall.  The classes with the asterisk (*) are the classes part-time students will be enrolled in.  Part-time students may enroll in 4-8 units.  You should talk to your program advisor for additional help if you want to enroll in fewer than 8 units as a part-time student. 

MSIS 2601: Object-Oriented Programming (4 units) OR MSIS 2607: Data Analytics with Python (4 units)*
MSIS 2603: Database Management: Fundamentals of SQL (2 units)*
MSIS 2613: Database Management Systems - Design, Development & Administration (2 units)*
ACTG 2608: Financial Accounting
What classes will I be enrolled in for Fall (MSBA)?
MSBA full-time students will be enrolled in 16 total units for Fall.  The classes with the asterisk (*) are the classes part-time students will be enrolled in.  Part-time students will be enrolled in 10 units. Because of the cohorted nature of the program, there is no flexibility in scheduling for the fall.
FNCE 2501: Finance Principles (2 units, bootcamp.  Will start and end before 9/21/20)*
MSIS 2507: Data Analytics w/ Python (4 units)
ECON 2509: Econometrics w/ R (4 units)*
MSIS 2502: Math for Finance & Analytics (4 units)*
What classes will I be enrolled in for Fall (MSFA)?
MSFA full-time students will be enrolled in 12 total units for Fall.  The classes with the asterisk (*) are the classes part-time students will be enrolled in.  Part-time students will be enrolled in 8 units. Because of the cohorted nature of the program, there is no flexibility in scheduling for the fall.
MSIS 2402: Math for Finance & Analytics w/ R (4 units)*
FNCE 2400: Corporate Finance & Financial Analysis (4 units)*
MSIS 2403: Database Management: Fundamentals of SQL (2 units)
ECON 2409: Econometrics (2 units)

What kind of on-campus events do you anticipate having?

We are planning to offer our usual slate of new students events and career workshops.  Many of these are to help prepare our students for their start as an SCU student.  We will have our professional photographer on-campus for headshots, we’ll have a host of our career workshops such as VMock and Resume Review, LinkedIn Tips, Elevator Pitch, Networking Etiquette, Behavioral Interviewing , 1:1 Mock Interviews with Career Coaches and small group networking.

Event size will be determined by government standards and recommended best practices. 

Will events be recorded for those who cannot make the real-time presentation?

We will do our best to record all events when we can. Some events will use guest speakers who are reluctant to record their presentations/talks.  In those cases, recording will not be possible.  We will also NOT record small group networking events for obvious reasons.

So if I’m local, I can come to campus to attend all events?

Keep in mind there will be social distancing requirements and size limitations, so all students will be required to register for any event.  We will also work to target audiences for whom we think the event would be most impactful and provide the live stream for all others.

If campus reopens and classes resume on-campus/hybrid, but I’m concerned about flying/traveling, can I start the program online until Winter quarter (January 2021) even though campus is partially open?

Our classes will NOT resume on-campus in the Fall.  We are committed to keeping them online to ensure as little disruption to your schedule as possible.  If you are uncomfortable coming to campus, we encourage you to remain at a location you are comfortable with.

If I’m an MSBA/MSFA/MSIS can I defer enrollment to a later quarter?

NOTE: We are no longer accepting deferral requests to Winter quarter (January 2021).  The deadline has passed.  

MSBA/MSFA CANNOT defer to a later quarter as we only have a Fall start.

If I’m an MSBA/MSFA/MSIS can I defer enrollment to next Fall?

Unfortunately, no.  Because of updates to program, we require a new application for Fall quarter admission.

If I am an MBA admitted student can I defer enrollment?

Yes, deposited MBA students can defer to Spring or Fall 2021.

How many quarters can I do online?  If Fall is approved, but Winter is not and I’m unable to join in Winter what happens?

You will be allowed to take a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the program as long as you are in good standing following your Fall quarter.  Good standing is a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.  

A student on LOA is allowed to take up to 4 quarters off from the time of last enrollment.  If you successfully complete the Fall quarter and take a leave beginning Winter, you must return at the start of the following Winter quarter (January 2022).  If you fail to do that, you will be DISCONTINUED from the program and will have to re-apply for admission if you wish to return.

While on a LOA, you are NOT considered an Santa Clara University student and will not have access to SCU resources such as programming, an SCU.EDU email or access to other SCU online resources or on-campus services among other things.  

Any student considering this option should talk to a program advisor for specific information on their individual circumstance.

If I made a deposit and I don’t want to start online, can I get my deposit back?

Yes, but all requests must be made by June 26th, 2020.  You may do so using the form sent to you in the email announcement.

If I start online in the Fall and am still unable to enter the US in the Winter quarter because of travel restrictions, or my visa was denied, or unable to make a timely appointment will I be able to defer to the next year?

Because of any possible updates to the program, one year deferrals are not allowed.  Deposited students may re-apply for next year’s start.  Upon completion of the application, email for an application fee waiver.

Answers pertaining to international students and visa issues:

Immigration Considerations Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ways to engage with us:

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  • Contact a current MBA student: You can't beat the perspective of a current student. They look forward to sharing their experience with you.

  • Experience a virtual lecture with graduate faculty:

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