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Centers and Institutes

The centers and institutes at the Leavey School of Business focus on interdisciplinary research and cultivate partnerships with the business community to broaden and test their findings. These partnerships provide learning opportunities for students and professionals, and give faculty the chance to investigate particular business problems


The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) provides networking, educational, and advisory services for members of the Santa Clara University community.  It also drives the development of entrepreneurship curricula and assists students, faculty/staff, and alumni with the launch of new ventures.  

The CIE connects with students through the Graduate Entrepreneurship Program, which features a variety of events at the curricular and co-curricular level, including a speaker series and Global Entrepreneurship Week activities, networking mixers, field trips and Silicon Valley event attendance opportunities.   In addition, the CIE provides students with business plan review and coaching both on an ad-hoc basis and through its quarterly Office Hours for Entrepreneurs series.

With a distinguished advisory board that includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, venture attorneys and accountants, corporate executives, and the deans of the schools of business, engineering, law and the college of arts and sciences, the CIE engages students with Silicon Valley community leaders and startups through internship and mentor opportunities.

Interested students are encouraged to enroll in the CIE Entrepreneurship Program.  For more information or to join the program mailing list, contact the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Since 1957, the Executive Development Center (EDC) has collaborated with hundreds of companies to provide educational experiences geared toward developing effective leaders, stronger teams, and impactful management practices. The EDC leverages its location and strong connections in the heart of Silicon Valley to deliver customized and innovative learning solutions designed to assist companies in tackling the biggest challenges of today’s business environments. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley guarantees that our high quality business faculty has the necessary understanding of the rapid pace of change and unique issues faced by companies based in this the most innovative and entrepreneurial business environment in the world. We draw upon the complete resources of the University and its network of distinguished educators, scholars, and practitioners, to design and deliver programs on topics that include innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, high performing teams, managing a global footprint, and the effective use of social media in management.


The Certified Equity Professional (CEP) Institute was established in 1989 to promote and provide a certification for the equity compensation administration profession. The CEP Institute offers three sequential independent study courses designed for equity compensation professionals to develop their knowledge and credibility in issues pertinent to the industry. The CEP Institute curriculum serves as the industry’s educational standard. Organizations and individuals use the institute’s exams to measure basic (Level I), intermediate (Level II), and advanced (Level III) knowledge, skills, and abilities related to equity compensation administration. The CEP program is designed for those directly involved in the day-to-day management and administration of equity compensation plans, as well as those working in related fields such as investment banking, equity brokerage, tax accounting, and law. Upon completion of the three courses and their corresponding examinations, the candidate receives the designation of Certified Equity Professional.

For further information, please contact:
Executive Development Center
Phone: 408-554-4521

Certified Equity Professional Institute
Phone: 408-554-2187


The Institute was formed in 1980 by Santa Clara University faculty members working with an advisory board of leading figures in U.S. retailing. Today, the board includes national leaders in the retail industry, including senior executives from major retailers such as DFS, Gap, Hugo Boss, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Trader Joe’s, Williams-Sonoma, and Wal-Mart. The focus of the institute is on innovation and disruptive events in retailing.  Contemporary topics include the evolution of the Internet, multi-channel retailing, and business analytics. The institute provides unique educational and career development opportunities for students and retail professionals through three major programs.

The Retail Studies Program produces graduates who are strongly motivated and highly educated in both business and the humanities. Open to SCU undergraduates in every field who are interested in careers in retail and aligned industries, Santa Clara University’s Retail Management Institute is a global leader in preparing graduates to meet new and heightened challenges in the field.

The institute also is a leader in two other important areas—management development and active research. Retailers are served with executive education via open-enrollment management development programs, seminars, and custom-designed programs. The Institute’s retail research program, the Retail Workbench Research and Education Center, aims to expand knowledge and solve important problems using advanced analytical techniques and information technologies to meet the needs of decision makers in the rapidly changing retail environment.

For additional information, please contact the Retail Management Institute at 408-554-4960 or via email at .


The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) Program provides an intense sequence of accounting coursework offered over nine months on either Saturdays or Sundays or during 14 weeks in the summer. The program fosters an intimate learning environment with high-quality faculty, and delivers the necessary accounting units to become a CPA. There are additional requirements to become a CPA in California. For details regarding these requirements, please visit For more information on the CAAP program, please contact the Executive Development Center at 408-554-4521.


The Center for Accounting Education and Practice (CAEP) was established in 2000 to expand and develop relationships among business students, faculty, and Silicon Valley accounting professionals. One of the Center’s responsibilities is to sponsor or co-sponsor seminars on contemporary issues of interest to our students and external constituents. Guest speakers include chief financial officers, fraud auditors, accounting policymakers, valuation experts, and government regulators. MBA students are welcome to attend all CAEP events.


The Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) has a long, distinguished history within the Leavey School of Business. Since its inception in 1973, the Institute has graduated more than 700 MBA students, many of whom now hold executive and management positions in the food industry throughout the world. FAI faculty members are recognized scholars and instructors with expertise in a wide range of food industry issues.

The Specialization in food and agribusiness is one of the few programs in the nation that combines a fully accredited MBA degree with an emphasis on food and agribusiness management. Students pursuing the specialization in food and agribusiness are eligible to receive financial aid from the FAI.

The Food, Hunger, Poverty, and Environment (FHPE) Pathway offers undergraduates the opportunity to focus on the complex interrelationships among food production, food consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment. Students pursuing the FHPE Pathway are encouraged to apply for competitive research fellowships. Students chosen as fellows pursue an original research project for a year that focuses on the themes within the FHPE Pathway.

All students are encouraged to enhance their coursework with the enrichment programs offered by the FAI. Through the internship program, students have the opportunity to apply their classroom education in a professional work environment. The Institute’s mentor program links students with food industry executives working in the student’s area of interest. The immersion program and field trips expose students to the rich diversity of the food industry through domestic and international learning experiences.

The Institute hosts numerous educational events throughout the year. The Food for Thought speaker series focuses on topics related to food, agribusiness, and social and environmental responsibility. Another speaker series, The Business of ..., highlights the experience of an executive or entrepreneur related to a particular food industry or food product. Career Talks features Food and Agribusiness alumni and industry specialists discussing their career paths and experience. The FAI also sponsors executive development programs, conferences, campus initiatives, and research projects.

For further information, please contact:
Food & Agribusiness Institute
Phone: 408-554-4086
Fax: 408-554-4777