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Frequently Asked Questions

MS FAQ's

What is the MS Programs application deadline?

  • Winter 2018*: MS Information Systems ONLY
    • October 15, 2017 - International applicants
    • November 1, 2017 - Domestic applicants
  • Spring 2018*: MS Information Systems ONLY
    • January 15, 2018 - International applicants
    • February 1, 2018 - Domestic applicants
  • Fall 2018: MS Business Analytics, MS Finance, MS Information Systems & MS Supply Chain Management & Analytics.  Application opens online on October 15, 2017.
    • April 1, 2018 - Deadline for applicants (international & domestic) who want to be considered for scholarship.  Applications must be submitted with all required documentation.  Applications submitted but missing required documentation, will not be reviewed in this first round and candidates will not be considered for scholarship.
    • May 1, 2018 - Final deadline for all domestic & international applicants.

*MS Business Analytics, MS Finance and MS Supply Chain Management & Analytics accept students for the Fall Quarter ONLY. 

Are there any prerequisites prior to entering a MS program?
Our programs are rigorous; therefore some programs require prerequisites to ensure your success.

  • MS Business Analytics
    • 2 courses of college-level calculus
    • 1 course of college-level statistics
  • MS Information Systems
    • 1 course of college-level statistics
    • 1 course of college-level programming language
  • MS Supply Chain
    • 1 course of college-level calculus
  • MS Finance
    • none

Do you offer GMAT, GRE or TOEFL test waivers?

GMAT/GRE Waiver

A waiver may be considered for candidates with a conferred degree quantitative in nature, e.g. math, engineering, or hard sciences (undergraduate or graduate) and whose academic records demonstrate a high level of skill necessary for academic success**.

Multiple factors are considered in the review of a waiver request. Factors that are considered include academic (specifically quantitative) undergraduate and graduate coursework and grades, the rigor of the college or university, work experience and professional certifications.

  1. Start a SCU Leavey School of Business application
  2. Complete the GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form
  3. Upload the following supporting documents:
    1. Resume
    2. Copy of official transcript(s) (translated in English, if applicable)

No GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic and an approved waiver request 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 and MS in Supply Chain candidates. The MSBA and MSIS Programs do 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. 


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, or TOEFL?  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 640. The average GRE score is 309. 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.

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

  • GMAT School Code: BV3-WB-59
  • GRE School Code: 7238
  • TOEFL School Code: 4851

Do you require work experience?
Our MS programs do not require full-time work experience.  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, and/or TOEFL?

Yes, you may submit, however it is preferable that self-reported GMAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL 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 verified.

What types of financial aid are available, and who is eligible to apply?

All MS students are eligible for merit-based scholarship after enrollment. These scholarships are awarded to the top academically performing students in the programs based on performance. You cannot apply for these scholarships.

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.  

Do I need to mail official transcripts from each college or university attended? 
For the application process, NO.  If you are admitted, we will require that you mail to our office (2) 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.

Do I need to have my foreign transcript evaluated?  What if it’s already in English? 
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. 

When can I expect a decision on my completed application? 
For Winter and Spring 2018 - All MSIS applications will be reviewed upon completion and decisions rendered electronically within 2 weeks. 

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

Interviews may be required for applicants.