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March 2020

Campus photo of University library.

Campus photo of University library.

New Graduate-level Rankings Showcase Santa Clara University’s Strengths

Santa Clara University’s graduate-level programs in business and law made a strong showing in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 17, 2020—Santa Clara University’s graduate-level programs in business and law made a strong showing in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

More than 15 of the graduate-level programs offered by the Silicon Valley-based Jesuit, Catholic University were rated highly. More than half of those programs increased in rankings over last year’s numbers, while the others held steady with commensurate performance. 

“We are proud of our graduate programs across the board,” said Santa Clara University Provost Lisa Kloppenberg. “These rankings speak to the continuous efforts of our faculty to develop and enhance curricula that are dynamic and relevant to our position as an institution of higher learning in the heart of Silicon Valley.”


The evening Master of Business Administration at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business (LSB) ranked in the top ten percent for part-time programs—No. 25 of 277 schools profiled—and the fourth highest in California.

LSB’s Executive MBA rose two spots to No. 11, beating out similar programs at the University of Southern California, Georgetown University, and Yale University, among others.

Graduate offerings in entrepreneurship also experienced gains, moving up four to No. 20. Finance saw the largest leap, jumping six placess and capturing the No. 10 spot—ranking higher than the University of California, Los Angeles; Duke University; and Yale University.

“We are proud of our graduate-level offerings and delighted that our peers in graduate business education recognize the rigor of our programs,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “We strive to offer a top-notch curriculum that reflects the forward-thinking, innovative, and face-paced environment of Silicon Valley and beyond.”


Santa Clara Law’s full-time program ranking held steady, down three spots at No. 107, while the part-time program saw a slight jump, up three spots to No. 37 of 141 schools.

Santa Clara Law’s robust program in intellectual property continues to excel, earning a No. 4 ranking in the nation. The program’s performance in the top three percent nationwide speaks to the strong curriculum and ample opportunity for experiential learning in fields like patent, privacy, and entrepreneurial law.

SCU’s program in international law also held steady at No. 40, while offerings in dispute resolution, environmental law, and legal writing increased. Legal writing saw the highest gain, jumping 42 spots to No. 44, followed by dispute resolution, which gained 21 spots and ranked No. 44. Environmental law also moved up, coming in at No. 55 out of 180 schools.

“We are thrilled to see our outstanding programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Anna Han, interim dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Law. “We are confident in the ability of our offerings to prepare the next generation of legal professionals—professionals who are well-equipped to take on the challenges of our time—and we are grateful that these rankings reflect our commitment to that goal.”


Graduate-level programs at SCU’s School of Engineering also performed well, with an overall ranking of 133 out of more than 200 schools nationwide. The most notable change was to the graduate program in electrical engineering, which gained 19 spots, moving to No. 129 of 185 schools.

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. Ranked among the top 15 percent of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 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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