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Graduate Bulletin

2017-2018 Academic Year

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Letter from the Dean

On behalf of the School of Engineering faculty and staff, I welcome you to a new year in your graduate school journey. If you are newly embarking on the next step in your academic journey, or if you are continuing along a path that we hope you have already found stimulating and fulfilling at Santa Clara, we are here to help you. Some of you are continuing your engineering education along the path that you started as an undergraduate. Others of you might be seeking to change the trajectory of your engineering career. Still others of you might be boldly changing the very field in which you seek to contribute your talents. We here at Santa Clara University are ready to help you on your graduate journey, wherever it started and wherever it will take you. Santa Clara University is committed to providing you a graduate education that combines rigorous instruction in fundamentals with the art of engineering practice. A Santa Clara graduate education will advance not only your technical knowledge and skills, but will provide you the tools and skills to be a life-long learner, skills that are critical in today’s rapidly changing and competitive workplaces that drive engineering innovation. Your graduate education will empower you to truly use your intellect and creativity as an engineer to its fullest expression.

The Santa Clara graduate engineering program aims to produce not only outstanding engineers, but also engineering leaders of uncompromising dedication, integrity and conscience who are able lead in an increasingly complex global environment. As the Jesuit University in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University is proud to be a vital and unique part of the limitless innovative force that is the heart of the Valley. Silicon Valley pioneers were driven to explore, to innovate, and to improve society through advances in engineering. That quest continues today not only in the Valley but truly in the minds of every engineer who wants to make a difference. At Santa Clara University, you will find a community of teachers and scholars that will stimulate your imagination, expand your knowledge, and nurture your conscience and compassion so that you can be part of a profession that can and will create a more just, humane, prosperous, and sustainable world.

For over 100 years, the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University has helped students turn their dreams to reality. We stand ready in our second century of engineering excellence to help you in your journey. Welcome to Santa Clara University.


Alfonso Ortega, Ph.D.
John M. Sobrato Professor of Engineering
Dean, School of Engineering

Academic Calendar 2017-2018

All dates are inclusive.

Registration dates are subject to change.

Registration holds must be cleared with the appropriate office by 5 p.m. on Friday when an e-campus deadline to add or drop a class falls on a Sunday.

Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarter refund polices:

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in the heart of Silicon Valley with approximately 8,500 students. Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, California’s oldest operating higher education institution offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus nationally recognized graduate and professional programs in business, education, engineering, counseling psychology, law, and pastoral ministries. The University boasts a diverse community of scholars characterized by small classes and a values-oriented curriculum. The traditions of Jesuit education—educating the whole person for a life of service—run deep in all of its curricular and co-curricular programs.

Engineering at Santa Clara

The undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering were first offered at Santa Clara University in 1912; the programs were accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology in 1937. Since that time, the following degree programs have been added: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and in Engineering; Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management and Leadership, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering and Sustainable Energy; Engineer’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the School of Engineering offers a variety of certificate programs, as well as an Open University program.


The mission of Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering is to prepare diverse students for professional excellence, responsible citizenship, and service to society. The engineering school does this through:

  • Distinctive academic programs that are designed to produce engineers who approach
    their profession with competence, conscience, and compassion
  • Broadly educated faculty, who model and encourage the notion of lifelong learning
  • Scholarly activities that create new knowledge and advance the state of the art of technology
  • Interactions with professional societies and companies in Silicon Valley and beyond
  • Service activities that benefit our diverse constituencies and humanity in general


The School of Engineering will be known and treasured, in Silicon Valley and beyond, for the impact of its graduates and faculty on improving the human condition through engineering education, practice, and scholarship.