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Santa Clara University's Online MBA Named No. 3 in the Nation

SCU receives high marks in the newest rankings from Poets&Quants, including No. 1 spots in Academic Experience and Career Outcomes.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (November 8, 2021) 

In just its second year of eligibility, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has been named the No. 3 Best Online MBA Program of 2022 in the annual ranking from Poets&Quants. The jump of seven spots from last year’s No. 10 ranking comes just four years after the program’s launch. Based on alumni satisfaction, Santa Clara’s Leavey School took the No. 1 spot in both the Academic Experience and Career Outcomes categories. 

The Online MBA rounds out the graduate business school’s top-ranked MBA curriculum including the No. 13 Executive MBA (U.S. News) and the No. 20 Evening MBA (U.S. News). 

“We are extremely proud of this top-showing for our Online MBA Programs,” Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs, Nydia MacGregor said. “When our students succeed, we succeed, and our career outcomes are testament to this. I’m grateful to our stellar career team who work hard to provide high-touch career development resources, experiences, and personalized coaching for our graduate business students as they seek out a unique and fulfilling career path. 

While admission data incorporates metrics such as test scores for enrolled students, undergraduate GPA, and work experience, the categories of academic experience and career outcomes are determined by an alumni survey of each school’s most recent graduating class. This survey measures the authentic voice of alumni and their overall satisfaction with the program and curriculum by gauging how likely alumni are to recommend the program to a colleague, friend, or family member, the quality of their professors, and ability to make connections with them and other students. Additionally, it assesses how many students received a promotion or boost to their pay as a direct result of the program, among other factors. 

“This is truly an exciting achievement for the Leavey School of Business,” Dean Ed Grier said. “As we work to grow our program, these rankings reflect our commitment to providing an education that capitalizes on our premier location, faculty expertise, and strong network of Silicon Valley-based executives and alumni to students across the nation in an accessible and flexible online space.” 

The Leavey School’s Online MBA program includes a signature Silicon Valley Professional Dashboard, through which students track, curate, and connect their coursework, co-curricular activities, and professional development. In addition, students have access to the vibrant Leavey School of Business community and strong alumni connections, career fairs and networking events, including study abroad courses in locations like Vietnam and The Czech Republic. Santa Clara's engaging online platform and keen faculty insight ensure that the rigorous program, inspired by the dynamism in Silicon Valley, is accessible, flexible, and relevant for all our students.

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

About Leavey School of Business

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers one of the nation's best graduate business programs ranked No. 13 Executive MBA by U.S. News & World Report, No. 20 ranked Evening MBA by U.S. News & World Report, and No. 40 ranked Online MBA by U.S. News & World Report. Our Undergraduate Business programs rank in the Top 10% in the nation, ranked No. 49 by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit


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