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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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Fall 2020 Class Updates & FAQs

Leavey School of Business - Most graduate programs in the School of Business will be 100% online for the fall 2020 quarter. 

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

If your GMAT/GRE/TOEFL exam was canceled.

  • Apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Test Resources:

  • This past spring, GMAC launched an online proctored alternative to the GMAT exam. The test will offer a comparable structure, time, and scoring as the exam delivered in the test centers.

  • GRE: Stay at Home GRE:  ETS launched the GRE® General Test at-home test to meet the needs of students affected by test center closures. It's the same valid and reliable GRE General Test, delivered to test takers at home. 
  • My TOEFL exam was canceled, what can I do: 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.  If not, visit TOEFL at home Registration:  or see below for Duolingo test information.
  • Duolingo English Test: Santa Clara University accepts the English Proficiency exam provided via Duolingo.  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.  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 2 days. 

My Foreign Evaluation: 

  • WES is now open and evaluating transcripts, however there may be a delay in the processing of your materials.  To better evaluate your situation, we’re asking all prospective students to fill out this form to help us determine what documents you do have for evaluation. For MBA, Online MBA and Executive MBA, we may be able to move forward with your application but will need to receive your WES by September 1st if you enroll.
  • In addition to WES, 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 co-horted 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 co-horted 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:

Ways to engage with us:

  • Attend virtual events: Register for a virtual networking information session, webinars, and online class visits. If you have connected with us, we will email you. If you haven't, please join our mailing list. 

  • Follow us on LinkedIn, FacebookInstagram, and Twitter: Stay connected to see how we are continuing to engage with students and the broader university community. 

  • 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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