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MS Application FAQs

What is the minimum application requirement? All students must have a Bachelor's Degree or the US Equivalent.  All of our programs are open to applicant's who meet this basic requirement.

I earned my degree from an international institution.  Am I still eligible?  Maybe.  All international degrees/transcripts MUST be evaluated by WES ( (ICAP course-by-course).  They evaluate international degrees/transcripts to determine whether or not they are the equivalent to a US Bachelor's Degree.  

Is your program STEM approved?  Yes.  All of our MS Programs are STEM designated degrees and graduating students MAY receive the STEM OPT extension depending on their situation. Length depends on whether or not students have used any OPT time prior to joining our program.

As an international student, when can I begin working at an internship?  To qualify for internships, international students MUST complete three consecutive quarters as a full-time student. 

When does the application open?  Applications are normally open 18 months in advance of the application deadline.

What does the application consist of?  A completed application will consist of a resume, personal statement, official transcripts or WES ICAP evaluations (international degree students only), GMAT or GRE score, TOEFL score (international students only) and 2 letters of recommendation.

Are there any prerequisites? You must satisfy any prerequisites competencies for the following MS Programs:

  • MS Business Analytics:  2 courses of college-level calculus and 1 course of college-level statistics *
  • MS Finance and Analytics: 1 course of college-level calculus and 1 course of college-level statistics,  3 online courses (or equivalent): linear algebra, introduction to R, and introduction to Python 
  • MS Information Systems: 1 course of college-level statistics and 1 course of college-level programming language

*All applicants must have successfully completed one college level calculus course at the time of application.  Two levels of calculus and statistics are required prior to starting the programs. 

Prerequisites:  Can I take them on Coursera, EdX, Straigherline etc?  No. Prerequisite competencies must be taken from accredited universities who can provide us with an official transcript showing successful completion (grade).  

Does your program offer GMAT/GRE waivers?  Yes, but only to strong candidates who demonstrate a combination of good full-time work experience and a strong, verifiable (usually with transcripts) quantitative/technical background.  Students who receive waivers ARE NOT eligible for scholarships. 

Which do you prefer, GMAT or GRE?
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.

Are there minimum test scores for the GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, Duolingo?  And how long are test score valid?
We do not have minimum test scores and your application evaluation is based a comprehensive review.  The average GMAT score for MS program is 650. The average GRE score is 309.

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.

What school code should I use to send my official test scores?

  • GMAT School Code: BV3-WB-59
  • GRE School Code: 4851
  • TOEFL School Code: 4851; or BusinessCAS B888
  • Duolingo English Test - Send to Leavey School of Business

Do you offer scholarships?  Yes.  All students who submit their completed application by the designated deadline are reviewed for scholarship when we evaluate their application.  No additional paperwork is required.  Students who submit after that date may be considered if there is scholarship money still available.  Scholarships are merit-based.

What other type of financial aid is available? 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.

What are the MS Programs application deadline?

Fall 2020 June 01

Winter 2021 October 15 (for scholarship consideration) MSIS only

Do you require work experience?

Our MS programs do not require full-time work experience, with the exception of Information Systems whereas 2-3 years is required.  However, work experience is preferred and most MS students have had between 1-3 years of work experience prior to enrolling.  College seniors and recent college graduates are eligible to apply. 

May I submit my application if I have not yet taken the GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, Duolingo?

Yes, you may submit, however it is preferable that self-reported GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, Duolingo scores are submitted with the application. We recommend that applicants take the test at least 4 weeks before 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 are verified.

Do I need to mail SCU official transcripts from each college or university attended? 
For the application process, NO.  However, you are required to submit to BusinessCAS an official transcript for each school you attended – and the additional WES evaluation (if you’ve attended an international school).

Do I need to have my foreign transcript evaluated?  What if it’s already in English?
Applicants with a degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated, regardless if the transcript is printed in English.  We require the ICAP course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation.  No exceptions are made.   Our service provider is WES.

Due to an increased incidence of fraudulent documents, we will only accept documents from 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.