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Our Masters in Business Analytics program is designed deliberately for you to tackle the burgeoning data and succeed as a Data Scientist.

Meet with us, visit a class, check our updated and relevant curriculum—as you consider the Masters in Business Analytics program that connects best to Silicon Valley. You will find all answers to all of your questions related to the Masters in Business Analytics program in this section.

28%

Reported an increase in income or promotion in title or job responsibility

47%

students received one or more internship offers

             

60%

Were employed or had started their own business within 3 months of graduation

Let us answer your questions.

Take a few more steps toward earning your MS in Business Analytics at Santa Clara University. Have questions? Get in touch with us at msadmissions@scu.edu or call us at 408-554-4539.

Documents needed to complete the application:

  • Submit an online application form and $100 application fee paid by credit card (non-refundable)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (a waiver is available for qualifying applicants)
    • GMAT – School code BV3-WB51
    • GRE- School code 4851
  • A 4-year bachelor's degree
  • Academic Records and Transcripts from all colleges and/or university-level institutions attended:
    • International Transcripts (study outside the U.S.) If you received a conferred degree (undergraduate or graduate) from a school outside the U.S., you are required to submit the course-by-course WES ICAP evaluation. Prepare for this process at least two months in advance as this is a lengthy process. Request the WES report be delivered electronically to the Leavey School of Business.
    • U.S. Transcripts (study electronically the U.S.)
      Scan the official transcript from each institution from which you studied in the United States, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs.
  • 3 Business Essays (1000 words maximum):
    • Essay 1: What excites you most about your intended field of study?
    • Essay 2: What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation and how will a degree from Santa Clara help you achieve these aspirations?
    • Essay 3: Discuss any attributes, experiences, or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to the school and/or business profession.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic or professional achievement and who can address your potential for success in this particular academic setting. The process is managed through the online application.  Paper recommendations are not accepted.
  • Official TOEFL exam results:  School code 4851
    • TOEFL OR IELTS scores are required for all applicants whose first language is not English (even if the applicant is a U. S. citizen) or if their degree was not awarded by a U. S. university/college. 

Prerequisites
You must satisfy any pre-program competencies based on program you intend to apply. Applicants are eligible to apply without the prerequisite(s), but must fulfill the prerequisite(s) prior to enrolling.

MS Business Analytics: 2 courses of college-level calculus and 1 course of college-level statistics
MS Financial Analytics: 2 courses of college-level calculus and 1 course of college-level statistics
MS Information Systems: 1 course of college-level statistics and 1 course of college-level programming language

Courses from Coursera, Straighterline, Udacity, edX, or the like, are not accepted. Prerequisites must be taken at an accredited university. Applicants may take the prerequisites through a University of California Extension, though a comparable university or community college is accepted, if accredited.

Prerequisites must have at minimum the following course content:

--Statistics -Topics in statistics should include descriptive statistics, regression, probability, random variables and distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for 1 & 2 populations, goodness of fit, and contingency tables.
--Programming Language -C or C++ are the preferred course, but JAVA, R and Python are accepted
--Calculus 1 - Topics should include differential and integral calculus, key concepts of limit, derivative and continuity, derivatives in graphing and optimizing functions, and fundamental theorem of calculus.
--Calculus 2 - Topics should include techniques and applications of integration, infinite sequences and series, first ;and second-order ordinary differential equations, exact equations, oscillation and damping, and series solutions of ordinary differential equations.

Application Documents
Submit an online application form and $100 application fee paid by credit card
Resume
Business Essays:
Essay 1: What excites you most about your intended field of study?
Essay 2: What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation and how will a degree from Santa Clara help you achieve these aspirations?
Essay 3: Discuss any attributes, experiences, or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to the school and/or business profession.
Academic Records and Transcripts:
International Transcripts (study outside the U.S.) If you received a conferred degree (undergraduate or graduate) from a school outside the U.S., you are required to submit the course-by-course WES ICAP evaluation. Prepare for this process at least 3 months in advance as this is a lengthy process. Request the WES report be delivered electronically to the Leavey School of Business.
U.S. Transcripts (study in the U.S.)
Scan the official transcript from each institution from which you studied in the United States, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs.
Official GMAT or GRE exam results:
GMAT – School code BV3-WB51
GRE- School code 4851
Official TOEFL exam results: School code 4851
If your first language is not English, submit your official TOEFL (preferred) or IELTS test score. TOEFL is waived if the Verbal section of the GMAT or GRE is above the 50% mark.
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic or professional achievement and who can address your potential for success in this particular academic setting. The process is managed through the online application. Paper recommendations are not accepted.

Recommenders are asked to elaborate on the following qualities:
Intellectual characteristics
Knowledge of field of study
Ability to communicate
Diligence and self-discipline
Personal effectiveness
Potential for graduate study
Quantitative aptitude & problem solving skills

Tips
Prepare a document file in PDF format for each item that will be uploaded to the online application (resume, essays, transcripts/WES, test score reports, etc.). Applicants will be instructed within the online application when each document needs to be uploaded.

Do not mail official transcripts to our office, unless requested.

Questions about any of these items? See our FAQs page »

Admissions Decisions

Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability as indicated by college records and GMAT/GRE, demonstrated career vision in the field of business analytics, personal and professional recommendations, and motivations to complete a demanding academic program.

Your MS application is reviewed only after it is complete and submitted within the published deadlines:

A $750 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure a position in the MS in Information Systems program.

A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a position in the MS in Business Analytics, and MS in Financial Analytics.

Important note for applicants with foreign degrees:
If you have a degree from a foreign institution, you are required to submit the WES course-by-course evaluation. Due to an increased incidence of fraudulent documents, we only accept documents from WES.org and no other NACES organization. Because of this increase in fraud, degrees from India and China may endure a longer processing time with WES. Plan early. Processing may take up to 12 weeks for an evaluation.

  Scholarship Consideration Final Deadline 
FALL APR 01, 2019 MAY 01, 2019

At Santa Clara, we offer priority deadlines to better prepare you for your upcoming master's experience.

The benefits of applying early are:

--Get ahead on outstanding prerequisites work required for program
--Our MS Admissions Committee reviews applications as they are received, so applying early can increase the likelihood of being offered a slot
--Find out sooner if you've been accepted and take advantage of the additional time to prepare your finances, supplemental documents, and registration
--If accepted, we'll be able to review your application for scholarship

Tuition is charge per unit.
$1,219 / unit (2018-19 tuition)

For details on payment options and schedules, visit the Bursar's website here » https://www.scu.edu/bursar/

Financial Aid
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 onestop@scu.edu.

Federal financial aid is not available for non-US citizens, except in cases where they have attained Permanent Resident status and have made application for citizenship. International students are eligible for scholarships.

Scholarships
All applicants to an MS program are considered for a scholarship if they submit their completed application by the posted deadline. Awards are based on professional accomplishments and outstanding scholarship as demonstrated in collegiate transcripts, GMAT or GRE score and recent coursework. The Graduate Business Office does not award need-based scholarships.

A waiver may be considered for candidates with a high level of skill necessary for academic success. Contact our MS Admissions Office for an application for the GMAT/GRE waiver.

Eligibility:
Candidates must have 4 or more years of full-time work experience and one or more of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree from accredited school with a cumulative GPA above a 3.48 (STEM majors), or 3.5 (Non STEM majors)
  • A master's doctorate, or professional degree (JD,MD) with a cumulative GPA above a 3.3 from an accredited university, or professional certification, e.g. CPA, CFA. Note: Certificate programs do not count.
  • Conferred degree that is quantitative in nature, e.g. math, engineering, or hard sciences (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Have five or more years of military enlistment

No GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic and an approved waiver does not guarantee admission to the program.   If you have any questions about our waiver policy contact our MS Admissions Office

**A waiver may be considered for MS in Finance, MS in Information Systems and MS in Supply Chain candidates. The MSBA Program does not offer GMAT or GRE waivers.  All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE regardless of the number of years of work experience. 

Helpful information for International Applicants

Academic Records and Transcripts
International Transcripts (study outside the U.S.) If you received a conferred degree (undergraduate or graduate) from a school outside the U.S., you are required to submit the course-by-course WES ICAP evaluation. Prepare for this process at least 3 months in advance as this is a lengthy process. Request the WES report be delivered electronically to the Leavey School of Business.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Applicants whose first language is not English (regardless of whether your schooling was in English) must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and have ETS send the scores directly to Santa Clara University, Institution Code 4851. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the test. We also accept the IELTS. A minimum score of 7.0 is required.

TOEFL Waiver
The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the applicant receives a score in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GMAT/GRE or have obtained a U.S. degree from an accredited institution. You should confirm your eligibility for a waiver with the Graduate Business Admissions office.

Visas
You can start the process of applying for a visa once you are admitted to Santa Clara University, confirmed your intention to enroll, and have submitted your enrollment deposit. Please read more about International Students at SCU and learn how to request immigration documents and start the visa process. (use this URL:https://www.scu.edu/globalengagement/international-students/)

U.S. Employment for Foreign Students
To learn more about employment opportunities for international students on- or off-campus, please visit the International Students and Scholars »

The MSBA, MSFA, and MSIS programs have been STEM certified. For more information about the STEM OPT Extension here » https://www.scu.edu/globalengagement/international-students/working--academic-internships/stem-opt-extension/

If you need additional information, we welcome a call (408-554-4539) or email (msadmissions@scu.edu).

MSBA
Average age: 28
Average GPA: 3.48
Average GMAT: 668
Average GRE: 315
Average Months of Work Experience: 31
Gender Representation: 36% Male; 64% Female

MSFA
Average Age: 25
Average GPA: 3.30
Average GMAT: 648
Average GRE: 315
Average TOEFL: 102
Average Months of Work Experience: 30
Gender Representation: 25% Male; 75% Female

MSIS
Average Age: 25
Average GPA: 3.30
Average GMAT: 648
Average GRE: 315
Average TOEFL: 102
Average Months of Work Experience: 30
Gender Representation: 25% Male; 75% Female