Frequently Asked Questions

MS FAQ's

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 a recognized credential evaluation service.  SCU requires the ICAP evaluation provided by WES (wes.org).  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 approved 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 8 months in advance of the application deadline.

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

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

  • 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

Applicants are eligible to apply without the prerequisite(s), but must fulfill the prerequisite(s) prior to enrolling.

Prerequisites:  Can I take them on Coursera, EdX, etc?  No. Pre-program 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, 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.

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

Do you offer scholarships?  Yes.  All students who submit their completed application by the designated deadline are reviewed for scholarship when we review 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 APR 01, 2019 (for scholarship consideration); final deadline MAY 01, 2019

Winter OCT 15, 2019 (for scholarship consideration) MSIS only

Spring JAN 15, 2020 (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, 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 are verified.

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 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?
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 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 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.