Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Accelerated MBA Program

The Accelerated MBA Program provides an opportunity for students to complete the MBA degree in less than two years. Students who want to come to campus less often, or to have a cohort-based experience, have the option of participating in the Accelerated MBA program. Classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Saturdays. The Accelerated MBA program grants the same degree as the evening MBA program, is taught by the same faculty, and has the same Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation. A new cohort begins each fall.


Successful applicants show a high degree of academic aptitude as measured by the GMAT or GRE exam and prior coursework, as well as professional achievement. Although no prior business education is required, students must satisfy the calculus requirement prior to starting the program.


Admissions requirements for the Accelerated MBA program are the same as for the evening program (please refer to the Admissions section) with the following exceptions:

  • Admission is in the fall quarter only
  • Deferments are not permitted
  • Applicants requiring F-1 visas are not eligible
  • Program prerequisites must be completed before classes begin
  • An interview is required


Course Registration
As the Accelerated MBA program is designed around a cohort-based experience, the Graduate Business Programs office processes student registration. Students are automatically registered for the courses detailed in the individual cohort schedule.

Waivable Courses
None of the courses in the Accelerated MBA program are waivable. Because it is designed to provide a cohort experience, Accelerated MBA students are required to move through the program together until the elective portion of the program.

Leaves of Absence
Due to the cohort-based nature of the Accelerated MBA program, a student requiring a leave of absence will not be able to rejoin his or her cohort at the end of the leave. Upon approval from the assistant dean, a returning student may join a later cohort or transfer to the evening MBA program.

Transferring into Evening MBA Program
Students who want to transfer from the Accelerated MBA program into the evening program must submit a written request. This transfer to the evening MBA program shall be granted on a one-time basis only.

Program Withdrawal
Students who want to withdraw from the program and the university must notify the Graduate Business Programs Office of their intent in writing. Some portion of the tuition may be refunded and will be determined at time of withdrawal notification. Withdrawal from the university is not complete until the student clears obligations with the Bursar’s Office.

Academic Standing
To qualify for the MBA degree, a student must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all work taken in the Leavey School of Business. A grade of C- is considered a minimum passing grade in each course. A grade of F is considered a failing grade, and the units will not be counted toward graduation requirements.

Due to the intensive nature of the Accelerated MBA program, all students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. At the conclusion of the term, if a student has a cumulative GPA below a 3.0, he or she may be transferred to the evening MBA program, at the discretion of the program administration. If the student remains in the AMBA program, he or she will be placed on probation. Once placed on probation, the student must raise his or her cumulative GPA to the 3.0 level within the next two terms of attendance; otherwise, the student will be disqualified from the program. A student is allowed to appeal the disqualification one time only. The appeal process begins with the student submitting a written appeal, including the steps to be taken to reestablish good academic standing.

Further registration will not be allowed until the written appeal has been approved. Upon approval, the student will be responsible for adhering to the plan outlined in the appeal. If, at any time, the conditions of the appeal are not met, the student will be withdrawn from all classes and required to leave the program. If course work for degree requirements has been completed and a GPA of 3.0 has not been achieved, the student must raise the GPA to 3.0 by completing additional course work in the graduate business school at Santa Clara in order to graduate.

Repeating Failed Courses
When a student fails a course in the AMBA Program, they are required to complete the pre-approved equivalent course(s) in the evening program. The grade(s) received on the substitute course(s) will replace the failed grade in the calculation of the student’s GPA. All courses and corresponding grades are reflected on the student’s transcript. A course completed with a passing grade may not be repeated. Please refer to the Academic Information section for additional information.

Students enrolled in the Accelerated MBA program are required to participate in a residential, credit-bearing orientation at the start of their program. Each student is expected to fully participate in activities and discussions.

Student Responsibility
Students enrolled in the Accelerated MBA program are required to follow the same policies and procedures as students in the evening MBA program. Each student is personally responsible for knowing all of the academic regulations of the graduate business school. This includes, but is not limited to: grading, honor code, leave of absence, withdrawal, and concurrent enrollment policies. Please refer to the Academic Information section for additional information.


Below is a general description of the program. The total program is 70 units. Complete course descriptions can be found in the Course Descriptions section.

Fall Quarter – Year One

  • ACTG 3100 Financial Reporting and Managerial Control (3 units)
  • IDIS 3700 Effective Communications (1 unit)
  • MGMT 3500 Building and Leading High Performance Teams (3 units )
  • OMIS 3350 Decision Managing and Analytics (3 units )
  • Residential Orientation (1 unit)

Winter Quarter – Year One

  • ACTG 3102 Financial Reporting and Managerial Control II (3 units)
  • MGMT 3502 Building and Leading High Performance Teams II (3 units)
  • OMIS 3352 Decision Making and Analytics II (3 units )

Spring Quarter – Year One

  • ECON 3400 Microeconomics and Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
    (3 units)
  • FNCE 3452 Financial Management (4 units)
  • OMIS 3357 Operations Management (3 units)

Summer Quarter – Year One

  • Accelerated MBA Seminar (1 unit)
  • ECON 3402 Microeconomics and Macroeconomics in the Global Economy II (3 units)
  • MGMT 3505 Business, Integrity, and Society (3 units)
  • MKTG 3552 Marketing Strategies and Decisions (4 units)

Fall Quarter – Year Two

  • Electives (6 units)
  • MGMT 3504 Innovation in Silicon Valley (3 units)

Winter Quarter – Year Two

  • Electives (6 units)
  • MGMT 3519 Strategic Analysis (4 units)

Spring Quarter – Year Two

  • Electives (9 units)
  • IDIS 3799 Managing Transitions (1 unit)

Year Two electives
An array of electives will be offered on a Thursday/Saturday schedule in year two of the Accelerated MBA program. A concentration is not guaranteed with the selection of year two electives. A concentration is not required in the Accelerated MBA program. Should students wish to pursue a concentration, it may require a combination of Accelerated MBA electives and evening MBA electives and may extend the degree completion date.


Accelerated MBA program students can take advantage of all of the Graduate Business student life activities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Student network events
  • Career management seminars
  • Career fairs
  • Career counseling
  • Academic awards and recognition
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