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Programs and Admissions


Applicants for admission to the MBA and M.S. programs must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its foreign equivalent before registering in the Leavey School of Business.


The Leavey School of Business actively shares the University’s commitment to excellence through diversity. SCU is dedicated to increasing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the student and faculty community, and to activities and actions that will lead to a more just and humane society. SCU strongly encourages applications from individuals with non-traditional backgrounds who have high potential and aptitude


Applicants for the Evening MBA may apply to begin study in the fall or spring quarters.   MSIS programs may apply to begin study in the fall or winter quarters. Accelerated MBA (AMBA), MSBA, MSSC and MSF applicants may apply to begin in the fall quarter only. MBA and M.S. program information and additional details are available in the Graduate Business Programs Admissions Office,  by phone at 408-554-4539.

Applicants must complete and submit the following items before the Admissions Committee will render an admissions decision:

  1. Application form, resume, and essay responses (completed online)
  2. Two completed confidential Letter of Recommendation forms (form available online)
  3. Two official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, or presently attending   (including  all junior/community colleges and extension programs).  All applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from outside the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). We require course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation. Exceptions are made for applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. university.
  4. Admissions interview are scheduled at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  5. Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Scores are valid for five years
  6. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) score, International English Language
    Testing System (IELTS), if required. Scores are valid for two years. Applicants who attended universities outside the US, UK, Canada and Australia are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.    Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL (internet-based test), or a 7 on the IELTS,. This requirement also may be met by scoring at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE, or if the applicant has a degree from an accredited U.S. university. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to fulfill the language requirement, even if their language of instruction was English.
  7. Non-refundable application fee of $100 ($150 for international student applicants requiring a student visa)   
    1. The online application fee must be paid by credit card or electronic check and submitted electronically at the time of application submission

Foreign-born admitted students requesting student visas must submit, after being accepted for admission, a current financial statement (no more than 90 days old) showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of study, and they must be enrolled in at least eight units each quarter.   Santa Clara University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Applicants are responsible for the appropriate submission of all application materials: 

  • Application form, resume, fee, and essay responses submitted online
  • Recommendation letters, and transcripts submitted in hard copy to the admissions office: Graduate Business Programs Admissions Committee, Leavey School of Business, Lucas Hall Suite 109, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0410
  • GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores sent directly from the test center to the Graduate Business Admissions Office.

The Admissions Committee will not review applications until all materials have been received.

International Students

The Global Engagement Office issues official immigration Form I-20 for students who need “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status” to international students who do no hold U.S. passports or Lawful Permanent Residence, and who wish to reside in the U.S. in F-1 student immigration status.


 In order to make sure we can process your I-20 in enough time for you to get your visa stamp, enter the U.S., arrive at SCU and complete your check-in and ISW before classes start, your I-20 Request packet must be submitted by the following deadlines: 

Students requesting Initial or Change of Status I-20:

Summer Start - Select Programs Only

May 1

Fall Quarter

August 1

Spring Quarter

February 1

Students transferring their F-1 SEVIS immigration record from another U.S. school or university:

Summer Start - Select Programs Only June 1
Fall Quarter September 1
Spring Quarter March 1


Applicants may be admitted with one or more contingencies. All contingencies are documented on the student’s Program Plan Card or acceptance letter, which is provided to the student at the time of admission. All contingencies must be fulfilled by the timeline indicated on the student’s Program Plan Card or acceptance letter (some contingencies are required to be satisfied prior to enrollment and others are required by the end of the student’s first term in residence.) Students who do not fulfill his or her contingency requirements by the requested date(s) will not be permitted to register for classes until the contingency is fulfilled.


The completed application package should be sent as early as possible. The deadlines are:

Fall Quarter (All programs)        Round 1:  April 1
Round 2:  June 1
Winter Quarter (MSIS)    November 1
Spring Quarter (Evening MBA,)   January 20


Admissions decisions are made throughout the year. Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability indicated by college records and GMAT/GRE scores, demonstrated management potential (including work experience and recommendations), and motivation to complete a demanding academic program. Once accepted, a nonrefundable tuition deposit is required prior to registration. The deposit is applied toward the student’s first-term tuition.


Candidates admitted to the MBA and MSIS programs may petition for an admission deferment to a subsequent term. Acceptance of the deferment request is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and requires submission of the non-refundable deposit. 

If a deferment request is granted, candidates may be given a deferment of up to one year  beyond that for which they were originally accepted.  Otherwise, they must formally re-apply. Official transcripts of course work taken in the interim must be submitted for review prior to the first quarter of enrollment.

The candidate must meet the requirements of the curriculum in effect at the time of first enrollment, not that of the admitted quarter.


Applicants who previously applied to the program and were not accepted may reapply to a future quarter up to one year after the original application. For reconsideration, applicants must submit an updated application form, reconsideration fee of $50, and new information (i.e., new GMAT/GRE score, additional course work, etc.). Reconsideration applications without additional information will not be considered

Applicants may apply for reconsideration one time only. A meeting with an admissions counselor is strongly recommended prior to applying for reconsideration.  Decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.


Students admitted to the program who cease registering for classes and do not apply for a leave of absence, or who never register, must formally re-apply for admission. If the original application is on file, re-application requires only a completed application form, updated resume, and $100 application fee. If the original application is no longer on file, essay responses, recommendation letters, official GMAT/GRE score, and updated transcripts must be resubmitted.

Re-admission is not guaranteed. Applicants re-admitted must meet the requirements of the curriculum in effect at time of re-admission, and must enroll for the respective quarter. Credit is not guaranteed for previously completed course work. Deferrals are not permitted


Students currently enrolled in an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited MBA program at another institution and who want to enroll at SCU may apply for courtesy student status. The application must include a completed application form, resume, $100 application fee, MBA transcript, and a letter from the current MBA program director clearly stating the specific courses the student will be permitted to complete at SCU. Registration is on a space-available basis and occurs after the registration period for matriculated students. Refer to Chapter 18 for course descriptions.