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Prospective Students Information

Our MSIS program makes you a tech expert in the tech capital of the world with its project-based curriculum.


of graduates felt that the program met their career goals


of graduates were employed within 6-months of graduation

Meet with us in an Advising Appointmentvisit a class or attend an information session, check our updated and relevant curriculum as you consider the Masters in Information Systems program that connects best to Silicon Valley. Need more information or have any questions? Contact us at or call us at 1-408-554-4539.

Documents needed to complete the application:

  • Submit an online application form and $148 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 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.)
      Order official transcripts from BusinessCAS for 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

Admissions Deposits

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

Students are admitted to the MSIS program for the FALL and WINTER quarters. Applications must be submitted with all required documentation.

April 1- Priority deadline for scholarship consideration. 
June 1 - Final Deadline for Fall
October 15 - Final Deadline for Winter without scholarship consideration
October 20 - Final Deadline for Winter
January 20 - Final Deadline for Spring without scholarship consideration

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.

You must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent four-year bachelor's degree as determined by and with the following prerequisites:

  1. Statistics - Content should include topics in statistics, 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
  2. Programming Language - One course of college-level programming language, e.g. C, C++recommended

Applicants are eligible to apply without the prerequisite(s), but must fulfill the prerequisite(s) by the end of the first quarter of enrollment. Because of the rigors of the programs, it is recommended that applicants take the prerequisite(s) prior to enrolling.

Courses from Coursera, 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.

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.

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. 

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.

We do not have minimum test scores and your application evaluation is based a comprehensive review. The average GMAT score for MSBA program is 648. The average GRE score is 307. The average TOEFL score is 102.

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.

  • GMAT School Code: BV3-WB-59
  • GRE School Code: 4851
  • TOEFL School Code: 4851, or BusinessCAS B888

Our MSIS program does not require full-time work experience. However, work experience is preferred and most MSIS students have had between 1-3 years of work experience prior to enrolling. College seniors and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.  

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 must be verified.

All MSIS 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 only eligible for private loans with or without a creditworthy US cosigner.  

You are required to order an official transcript file from BusinessCAS 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.

Yes. Applicants with degrees from international institutions are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by 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.

For Winter and Spring - Applications will be reviewed upon completion and decisions rendered electronically within 3 weeks. 

For Fall applications submitted by the April 1 deadline will have decisions rendered electronically by the end of day, April 20.  Applications completed by the June 1 deadline will be reviewed as completed and decisions rendered electronically within 2 weeks of completed submission. 

Interviews may be required for applicants. 

Average Age: 25
Average GPA: 3.30
Average GMAT: 648
Average GRE: 315
Average TOEFL: 102
Average Months of Work Experience: 30
Number of Countries Represented: 4
Gender Representation: 25% Male; 75% Female
Enrollment Plan: 91% Full-time

Where SCU Alumns Work

$1,193 / unit (2020-2021 tuition)

48 units 9)

For details on payment options and schedules, visit the Bursar's website here  »

Financial Aid
Federal and Private Loans

International students are not eligible for federal aid; however, all applications will be reviewed for eligibility for a modest MSIS merit scholarship. You will be contacted once your eligibility is determined.

For non-international students, University Financial Aid Office can help in locating and applying for these types of aid. Review the PDF here for your options. You may visit the staff in Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building; call (408) 551-1000, or email


All applicants to an MS program are considered for a scholarship if they submit their completed application by April 1. 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.

Scholarship recipients are awarded at the time of admission. Scholarships are awarded each term (except Summer), through graduation, conditioned upon quarterly and cumulative 3.3 GPA throughout the program.

Students are eligible to receive only one Leavey School of Business Scholarship. Students who are receiving the Food & Agribusiness scholarship are not eligible to receive a second LSB scholarship.

The Graduate Business Programs office can help with applying for scholarships. For questions, call (408) 554-4539 or send your questions to

  Merit-Based Aid
Who is it for? Based on professional accomplishment and outstanding scholarship as demonstrated in collegiate transcripts, GMAT score and recent coursework. Students who have served their communities through outreach / volunteer work are also eligible.
Eligibility All students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units per term (Fall, Winter, Spring). Must maintain quarterly and cumulative GPA of 3.3 to continue the scholarship.