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Santa Clara University Executive MBA Enrollment Sets National Standard Women Represent Nearly Half of the New Fall Class

Santa Clara University Executive MBA Enrollment Sets National Standard Women Represent Nearly Half of the New Fall Class

Santa Clara, CA September 10, 2019 – The Santa Clara University Executive MBA program (EMBA) started classes on August 6th with an increase of more than 50% in class size.  The newly re-designed program has been recently ranked 13th in the nation, according to US News and World Report.

This Fall’s class stands out for its gender balance, quality, and experience.  Forty-eight percent of the incoming class is female, topping a national norm of 30%.  The in-coming class average age is 41 years, significantly more seasoned than the national average of 38 years.

“We have built the Executive MBA curriculum on four of the most sought-after leadership competencies in Silicon Valley, according to substantial market research we conducted with Bay Area business leaders,” explains Dr. Kumar Sarangee, the program’s Director. The foundational competencies encompass both quantitative aptitude as well as highly valued soft skills, such as strategic leadership, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, cross functional execution and analytical decision making.

The 20-month program has been designed to develop innovative leaders and entrepreneurial executives who can implement creative solutions to critical business problems in dynamic, fast cycle environments. Classes are held twice a month on Fridays from 5 pm to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm, providing the flexibility and convenience required by today’s busy executive leaders.  Above-and-beyond a comprehensive, required core curriculum, students can personalize their education through a number of innovative, advanced electives.

The program goes beyond the traditional “lecture and learn” format. It includes hands-on learning such as executive-led professional communications sessions and leadership exercises, along with crisis management, mindfulness and innovation simulations. Classes are action learning oriented with actual company projects. Customized workshops on technology management and legal fundamentals, along with distinguished speaker forums, round out the program.

The EMBA experience also augments coursework and provides a unique “Personal Branding” program as a value-add for students’ professional advancement. This program includes 3 workshops, and 2 one-on-one executive coaching sessions for each student, moderated by highly seasoned industry experts.

 “Getting an MBA was something I had always wanted to do, but decided I couldn't. Too hard, too much time, too much money. But after the first week I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join the EMBA program. I can already tell this will be some of the best time and money I've ever spent,” exclaimed Christine Pell, EMBA Class of 2021. Rusty Stevenson from the same cohort states, “Outstanding start.  I can only imagine what's to come.” Clearly, Santa Clara University’s newly designed Executive MBA program has struck a nice chord with its current cohort and fully intends to capitalize on the momentum.

About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see

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