FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Some of your questions may be answered here, but if you have additional queries, please get in touch with us at gradbusiness@scu.edu.

What should I do if I cannot decide which MS/MBA program is the best fit for me?

For more information regarding our MS/MBA program options, we encourage you to attend an Information Session prior to submitting your application. Information Sessions are held once a month on the campus of Santa Clara University and provide valuable information about the Leavey School of Business. RSVP for our next session at: www.scu.edu/business/msf/rsvp.cfm. After attending a session, you can schedule a 1:1 meeting with an admissions counselor to address your individual questions.

How long will it take for me to complete the MSF program?

The MSF is a full-time one-year program (June) and is 48 quarter units. The MSE is a full-time, 14-month program that begins in June and is 51 quarter units.

Can I work while enrolled in an MS program?

Our MSF and MSE programs are full-time. Some students work part-time during the program and/or pursue an internship.

Where are the classes held?

Most of our Graduate Business classes are held in Lucas Hall, home of the Leavey School of Business on the Santa Clara University campus; some classes may be held in other buildings on campus.

What is a completed application and do I need to have all my documents together before sending them to Santa Clara University?

A completed application includes

  • online application
  • application fee
  • resume
  • GMAT or GRE score*
  • TOEFL score (if required)
  • two official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • one required essay
  • two confidential recommendation letters
  • a final interview

All materials do not need to be sent together; we will keep a file for each applicant as documents arrive.

An application will not go into final review with the Admissions Committee until all admissions materials are received. You are welcome to drop materials off at our office in Lucas Hall Suite 109 or mail them to:

Graduate Business Admissions
Leavey School of Business
Lucas Hall Suite 109
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

* We can use your unofficial GMAT or GRE scores and unofficial/in-progress transcripts for admissions purposes, however official documents are required should you decide to enroll in our program.

Why would I write the second optional essay?

Applicants may use the second essay to explain an element in their educational or professional history that might adversely affect their acceptance. For example, if you suffered a hardship during college that affected your GPA or have a large gap in your work timeline, the essay is your opportunity to explain that in detail to the Admissions Committee.

Whom should I have write my letters of recommendation and how do they get it to Santa Clara University?

If you have professional work experience or have interned, please ask recent supervisors who can speak directly to your professional strengths and potential to succeed in a graduate business program. For recent college graduates with no work experience, academic recommendations are acceptable, but supervisor recommendations are preferred, if available. We suggest you provide recommenders with a stamped envelope, pre-addressed to:

Graduate Business Admissions
Leavey School of Business
Lucas Hall Suite 109
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


The envelope must arrive sealed with the recommender’s signature across the seal. We do recognize that some circumstances require a faster or easier delivery method. As such, forms can be sent to us via email at: gradbusiness@scu.edu, but the email address must be that of the recommender and not the applicant. All recommendations are completely confidential.

What can you tell me about the GMAT and/or the GRE and is one weighed more heavily than the other?

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. The average GMAT score for the MSF program is 640. The average GRE score is 310. 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.

Is the GMAT/GRE required before I apply to the program?

The GMAT/GRE is a required component for our MSF applications. The GMAT/GRE must be taken prior to the deadline for which you are applying and we do not allow for conditional acceptance while applicants prepare for the exam.

Is the TOEFL required?

Applicants whose first language is not 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 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 has a degree from a U.S. Institution.

Do I need to have work experience to be eligible for admission?

Our MS programs do not require work experience. College seniors and recent college graduates are eligible to apply. We do welcome applicants who have professional work experience as well.

Why do I need to submit two official transcripts from each college or university attended?

We require two official transcripts from each college or university attended as one copy will stay with your academic file in the School of Business and the other is required to be sent to the university Registrar office for your permanent student file. Two official copies are required to complete the application process.

Am I required to come to campus for an interview?

An on-campus interview is required for all applicants and is the final step in the admissions process. Once your application is complete, you will be contacted by a member of the Admissions team to schedule your interview. Non-local candidates have the option of a virtual interview if unable to come to campus in person.

Do you offer conditional acceptance?

We do not offer conditional acceptance under any circumstances.

I need Calculus. When do I need to have it completed by?

Admitted students have until the end of their first term in residence (end of Summer quarter) to complete the Calculus. We highly encourage students to complete the requirement before enrolling in the program if possible. Calculus may be satisfied by (a) having taken a minimum of 3 quarter units of college calculus within the past 10 years with a grade of C or better; or (b) having a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences if accompanied by a strong GMAT/GRE quantitative score; or (c) passing the OMIS 351 Mathematical Analysis Equivalency Exam; or (d) completing OMIS 351 with a P (passing) grade or an approved business calculus course elsewhere with a grade of C or better during the first quarter. Students with math/science/engineering degrees are waived from these requirements.

Do you offer waiver or transfer credit for courses I have taken in the past?

There are three waivable courses in the MS programs:

Statistics, Financial Accounting, and Economics for Business Decisions.

The Admissions Committee evaluates transcripts at the time of admission and provides admitted students with an evaluation of any courses that are eligible for waiver.

Note: a grade of B or better is required in all courses considered for waiver and the relevant course work must have been completed within six years at a four-year university (community college courses are not eligible) prior to acceptance into the MS program.

I'm an international student and have questions about working/interning during/after the program.

F-1 students should refer to our International Student Services website for details regarding OPT/CPT eligibility, timing, etc.: http://www.scu.edu/studentlife/iss/employment/F-1-and-J-1-Employment.cfm