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Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are a few of the most asked questions about our MBA programs, and you may find the information you're looking for here.

If we haven't answered your question, please call us (408-554-4539) or send us a quick email at gradbusiness@scu.edu.


For Evening MBA, the application deadlines comes in two quarters, Fall and Spring:

  • Fall Quarter
    • April 1 - Scholarship Consideration
    • June 1 - Final Deadline
  • Spring Quarter
    • January 20 - Final Deadline

Executive MBA

  • Fall Quarter
    • April 1 - Scholarship Consideration
    • June 1 - Final Deadline

Our programs are rigorous; therefore some programs require prerequisites to ensure your success.

  • Evening MBA
    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent four-year baccalaureate degree approved by your home country's Ministry of Education.
    • Must satisfy any pre-program competencies for your degree program (none for the MBA program)
    • Must have three or more years of work experience
  • Executive MBA
    • None


The GMAT or GRE is a required component for our graduate business applications. However, waivers are available for qualified applicants. The GMAT/GRE must be taken prior to the deadline for which you are applying and we do not allow for conditional acceptance while applicants prepare for the exam.

Official Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) / International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score is required, if your first language is not English.

Executive MBA candidates are encouraged to take the Executive Assessment. The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals.  The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting gmac.com/ea. GMAT and GRE scores are also accepted.

While the  GMAT  (Graduate Management Admissions Test) has been the standard exam used for business schools, the  GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is also accepted. We do not prefer one exam over the other.

We do not have minimum test scores and your application evaluation is based a comprehensive review. The average GMAT and GRE scores for Evening MBA program are 626 and 308 respectively. The average TOEFL score is 101.

Scores from either test are valid for five (5) years. Applicants are welcome to take either exam more than once; we will only consider the highest score.

  • GMAT School Code: BV3-WB51
  • GRE School Code: 4851
  • TOEFL School Code: 4851

 

We prefer applicants have at least three years of work experience, however applications are evaluated holistically. Applicants with less than three years of work experience would be advised to present strong academics and test scores. All interested students with a Bachelor's Degree are eligible to apply.

Yes, you may submit, but you will not receive a decision until a score is reported. Self-reported GMAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL scores can be submitted with the application, but a verified score will be needed prior to admitted students joining the program. We recommend that applicants take the test at least 4 weeksbefore the posted deadline. Delays in taking and/or reporting the test scores will postpone the completion of your application, and ultimately a decision. All scores verified.

All MBA students are eligible for merit-based scholarship. Applicants that submit their completed application by April 1st deadline will automatically be considered. Highly qualified applicants who submit after April 1st will be considered if there is scholarship still available. You cannot apply for these scholarships.

The Executive MBA is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and H1 / H4 visa holders only. Students requiring an F1 visa to study in the U.S. are not eligible to apply, due to the mandatory international travel component.

In addition, the university offers federal and private loans. Domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents) are eligible both federal and private loans, while international students are eligible only eligible for private loans with or without a creditworthy US cosigner.

For the application process, NO. If you are admitted, we will require that you mail to our office official transcripts. Note that any discrepancy between the uploaded transcript and the official transcript could result in the denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.  

However, you are required to submit a scanned transcript file for each school you attended – and the additional WES evaluation (if you’ve attended an international school). These will be uploaded to complete your application (only file types accepted are: pdf, doc, or .docx). You will be instructed in the online application when each document needs to be uploaded.

 

Yes. Applicants with degrees from international institutions are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by WES.org.  This is required for all international degrees, even if the transcript is printed in English.  We require course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency ICAPS evaluation  (electronic delivery).  No exceptions are made.  This process can take months depending on how easily you can access official transcripts from your institution.  For international students, this should be initiated as early as possible.

For Winter and Spring - Applications will be reviewed upon completion and decisions rendered electronically within 2 weeks. 

For Fall applications submitted by the April 1st deadline will have decisions rendered electronically by the end of day, Friday, April 22, 2018 (PST). Applications completed by January 20th and June 1st deadline will be reviewed as completed and decisions rendered electronically within 2 weeks of completed submission.  

Interviews may be required for applicants.