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The Evening MBA Program

For working professionals looking to reach the next level in their career, the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University proudly offers its Evening MBA program, Silicon Valley's #1 part-time program for working professionals as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Since 1923, Leavey has been educating and inspiring leaders to do more—deeper thinking, bigger ideas and better optimizations. Now, you can join our legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship without interrupting your career. 

Ranked #4 in California and in the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the Evening MBA program harnesses the influence of global business models to deliver an exceptional education based on real-world applications, giving you unprecedented access to a rich network of Silicon Valley professors, peers and professionals.

Part-time MBA in Silicon Valley
-- U.S. News & World Report
Top 30
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-- U.S. News & World Report

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Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Earn your master’s degree with the Leavey School of Business. As a graduate student, you’ll be able to join in Santa Clara University’s legacy of ethics and innovation while you continue your career.

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Program Overview

Evening MBA students posing outside Lucas Hall

Calendar check icon 2 year program with minimal career disruption
People icon Cohort-style course delivery with elective options
Clock icon Evening classes twice a week
Motherboard icon Focused concentrations such as Leading Innovative Organizations and Entrepreneurship
Globe Americas icon F1-student visa eligible
Briefcase icon Work experience required: 3+ years
Red dollar sign icon Total estimated tuition: $89,390

Spring (April) 2024 applications are due January 20th. Fall (September) 2024 applications are due April 1st (scholarship priority) or June 1st (final deadline).


Why should I choose Leavey for my Evening MBA program?

As one of the first business schools in the U.S. to be accredited by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University has worked hard to earn its distinguished reputation. In addition to being the No. 20 Best Graduate School, Santa Clara is also ranked No. 3 in Best Online MBAs, No. 1 in Academic Excellence, and No. 1 in Career Outcomes by Poets&Quants. 

Shaped by deep Silicon Valley roots and experiences, our Evening MBA takes advantage of the infectious innovative spirit and technological expertise that define our region. Here, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills to advance in the most in-demand fields, and gain a vast network of high-performing alumni, professors and mentors who share your interests and ambitions.

Nydia MacGregor, Faculty Director of the Evening MBA and Online Programs

How to Know if the Evening MBA is Right for You

If you’re a mid- to upper-level professional plotting your next career move, then an Evening MBA is the perfect place to start. An MBA is a versatile degree that helps candidates develop a skill set with broad applications beyond a particular area of expertise. Whether you want to move up in your current position with your company or pursue other career options, earning an MBA can open doors you hadn’t anticipated. 

  • At your current employer: According the Poets & Quants, professionals with MBAs and related graduate degrees in business report getting more promotions than those without an advanced degree. In some cases, getting an MBA may be even considered a prerequisite to advance into management roles.
  • With a new employer: An MBA will make your resumé stand out, especially if you earn your MBA from a highly ranked university with a respected business school. The number of employers looking to hire candidates with MBAs is on the rise, and an MBA can qualify you for positions with greater responsibility, likely substantially increasing your current salary.

What an MBA Can Give You

Pursuing an MBA can open up more opportunities than you previously imagined. Its benefits and uses are tangible and multifaceted; trained in several areas of business, you’ll be able to wield your knowledge and provide value almost anywhere. The experience, skills and network you gain from the degree can serve you well and provide a springboard for your next big step. 

While the upfront cost might be intimidating for some, 9-in-10 alumni report a positive return-on-investment (ROI) from their graduate business education, according to a 2021 GMAC survey. Your job title and salary can vary between industries, but here are some examples from Glassdoor of career upgrades that just two years of MBA evening classes can create.

Bachelor's Degree Only

Master's Degree

Business Analyst

Average salary: $90,094

Senior Business Analyst

Average salary: $114,377

Marketing Specialist

Average salary: $78,012

Marketing Manager

Average salary: $94,370

Project Manager

Average salary: $96,812

Director of Project Management

Average salary: $155,815

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Average Years of Work Experience: 8


MBA Alumni Advisory Board

The program helped me gain a better understanding of my purpose and craft a clear vision. It’s hard to put into words how much the program truly helped me professionally and personally.

Irshad Fardan, Evening MBA ‘20

Frequently Asked Questions

On all accounts, an Evening MBA offers the same progressive course content, one-on-one faculty support and exceptional professional benefits as a traditional on-campus degree, but with MBA night classes to fit your work schedule. Classes generally meet twice per week, beginning around 5:30 p.m. and ending around 9:30 p.m., for 10 weeks.

Technically speaking, an Evening MBA is a part-time MBA; it’s a graduate degree that you complete in increments and at a slower pace than a full-time MBA. This allows students to continue working and gathering income while earning their degree. However, as the name states, the evening program only offers MBA night classes so that working professionals can attend after their regular work hours.

Since the Evening MBA program at Leavey covers the same material as a traditional MBA, you’ll be able to enjoy the same personal and professional benefits that a full-time provides. That includes deeper and more dynamic skills, an expanded professional network, and a more modern and global business perspective. Then, you can leverage your new credentials and advanced knowledge to advocate for a promotion, earn a new job title, or pivot into a different career path.

Yes, Leavey also offers an Online MBA and Executive MBA program. The Online MBA, ranked the No. 3 Best Online MBA by Poets&Quants, covers the exact same material as our Evening MBA, but can be completed in as little as two years from wherever you prefer. The Executive MBA is designed for deeply experienced, senior professionals, and thus has a slightly different curriculum that focuses on leadership and management.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Paying for Your Degree

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Cost per Unit (2023-24) 
Merit Scholarships

For details on payment options and schedules, visit the Bursar's website here.

Federal and Private Loans

The University Financial Aid Office can help in locating and applying for these types of aid. You may visit the staff in Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building; call (408) 551-1000, or email


Explore all available graduate business scholarships here. 

Leavey Alumni Pathway for the Evening MBA Program

The Leavey School of Business is proud to offer a preferred and expedited admissions pathway for alumni who qualify. Students who have graduated from the Leavey School of Business with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher or SCU alumni who have earned a STEM degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be waived of the GMAT/GRE requirement for the Evening MBA and fast-tracked through the admissions process.

Evening MBA Curriculum

Our Evening MBA program curriculum consists of core courses and electives in various disciplines such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, economics and operations. The classes are not only taught by full-time professors but also by practitioners who blend theory with practice. The core curriculum provides holistic knowledge of different disciplines that enable students to understand how businesses are managed and operated. Hence, the students are able to build core management skills and then move on to specialized electives that reflect their areas of interest. The classes utilize theory along with practical, case-based lessons and collaborative learning models to facilitate practical learning.


During each quarter (fall, winter, spring and summer), MBA evening classes generally meet twice per week (either Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays) for 10 weeks for 95 minutes per session (5:45-7:20 p.m. and 7:35-9:10 p.m.). Two-unit courses generally meet twice per week for five weeks covering the first or second half of a quarter. One-unit courses generally meet once per week for five weeks covering the first or second half of a quarter. In all quarters, final exam periods are two hours. 

Curriculum Outline

The MBA curriculum consists of 70 units across 14 core courses (42 units), one required elective (2 units), and 26 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.

MBA in DSBA is STEM Certified

The new designation certifies the Data Science and Business Analytics curriculum as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and reflects a curricular focus on business skills with an emphasis on STEM applications. International students in the DSBA program who are on an F-1 visa will now be able to work in the U.S. for up to three years following graduation under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Read the Press Release here.

Core Courses

Effective Business Communications

2 units
Financial Accounting 4 units

Managerial Economics

4 units

Financial Management

4 units

Leading People and Organizations

4 units

Business Ethics

2 units


4 units

Marketing is Everything

4 units

Doing Business in Silicon Valley

2 units

Business Analytics

4 units

Quantitative Methods

2 units

Analytical Decision Making

2 units

Analysis, Design, and Management of Enterprise Platforms

2 units

Operations Management

2 units

Required “Challenges in” Elective 

2 units

Free Elective Courses 

26 units

Note: Courses are subject to change and availability in a given quarter is not guaranteed. *IDIS 3700 course is a 2 unit class only for students starting in the Fall 2018. MGMT 3000 is taught as an Intensive Course over 4- 5 days (weekends and evenings) before the start of the first quarter.


Online Electives

Evening MBA students can now take courses online to provide more flexibility and to make more elective choices available each quarter. A maximum of 12 units of elective courses may be taken online.  No core courses can be taken online.  Each online elective course will have a certain number of spaces allotted to on-campus students.

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Kelly Patterson

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Hersh Shefrin

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Desmond Lo

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