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MS in Finance

International Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

A.  The TOEFL may be waived only if the applicant receives a score in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE. Applicants whose GMAT/GRE score was lower than the 50th percentile, and whose native 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, Department 02. A minimum TOEFL of 100 on the IBT test is required. Applications with a degree from an accredited U.S. university are waived from the TOEFL requirement.

Helpful Information for International Applicants

You may have questions about graduate business study in the U.S. and this section and our FAQs may help you. If you need additional information, we welcome a call (408-554-4539) or email (msadmissions@scu.edu).

In addition to submitting general application materials, international students should be aware of the requirements below.
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, Department 02. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the IBT test. We also accept the IELTS. A minimum score of 7.0 is required. The TOEFL 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

Foreign-born applicants requesting student visas (F-1) must submit a financial statement showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of the two-year program. F-1 applicants must be enrolled in at least nine (9) units per quarter. See the University's website for international students for more information regarding student visas.

If you are accepted to the Leavey School of Business, you need to complete the I-20 Request Form in addition to the Financial Resource Statement and include official documents verifying funds to cover tuition and expenses for the MS program. These documents cannot be more than 90 days old. If you are being sponsored by another person, you need to submit a letter or Affidavit of Support from that individual or institution stating that he or she will sponsor you, as well as financial documents in the sponsor's name to show funding for the first year of the program.

NOTE: International students who are studying on the F-1 visa are not eligible for the Executive MBA programs.

Financial Aid

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. For more information, please contact the Graduate Business Admissions and Financial Aid, Leavey School of Business, 408-554-4539.

U.S. Employment for Foreign Students

To learn more about employment opportunities for international students on- or off-campus, please visit the International Student Services website here »

 

A. Have your degree evaluated by one of the services on the National Association Credential Evaluation Services website. NACES is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. NACES was founded in 1987 by credential evaluation services dedicated to promoting excellence and committed to setting the standards for the profession. If your evaluation confirms that your degree is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree, you are eligible to apply.

A. International applicants, those needing a student visa to study in the program, are eligible to apply for all MS programs.

A. No. All required application materials must be received by the Admissions Office in order for an admissions decision to be made. The GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants.

A. Find an evaluation service on the National Association Credential Evaluation Services website and submit the evaluation through the service.

A. Exceptionally qualified international students with fewer than three years of professional work experience are eligible to apply to our MS in Finance program. Please consult with the Graduate Business Admissions office staff who can review your application with you and determine the best fit for you.