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Admissions & COVID19 FAQs

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.

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

All deadlines have been extended: 

  • The final deadline for the Fall start of our MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance & Analytics and MS in Information System is now June 1st.  We will continue to issue scholarships until we have depleted our fund. 

  • MBA and EMBA deadlines are June 1st but will accept applications after June 1st on a space-available basis.  Scholarships are still available.

If your GMAT/GRE/TOEFL exam was canceled:

  • Apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Test Resources:

  • GMAC.com - Mar 26, 2020: Beginning in mid-April GMAC will launch 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 on March 23, 2020, in selected areas 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: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/  or see below for Duolingo test information.
  • Duolingo English Test: Santa Clara University is now accepting 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 WES evaluation: 

  • Our WES representatives have informed us that if they received your documents AFTER March 10th, there would 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.

Fall 2020 classes:

  • The health and safety of our community is our top priority. If reasons beyond our control prohibit the Fall start of on-campus classes, we do have contingency plans in place to ensure you can begin your academic pursuits with us on-line or a hybrid model.


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: