Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business



Applicants for admission to the MBA and M.S. programs must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its foreign equivalent before registering in the Leavey School of Business. See here for a description of required preprogram competencies. See here regarding the MSIS admission requirements.


The Leavey School of Business actively shares the University’s commitment to excellence through diversity. SCU is dedicated to increasing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the student and faculty community, and to activities and actions that will lead to a more just and humane society. SCU strongly encourages applications from individuals with nontraditional backgrounds who have high potential and aptitude.


Applicants for the Evening MBA (including Emerging Professionals) and MSIS programs may apply to begin study in the fall, winter, or spring quarters. Accelerated MBA (AMBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA) applicants may apply to begin in the fall quarter only. M.S. Finance (MSF) and M.S. Entrepreneurship (MSE) applicants may apply to begin study in the summer quarter. MBA and M.S. program information and additional details are available in the Graduate Business Programs Admissions Office,, or by phone at 408-554-4539.

Applicants must complete and submit the following items before the Admissions Committee will render an admissions decision:

  1. Application form and essay responses (completed online)
  2. Two completed confidential Letter of Recommendation forms (form available online)
  3. Two official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, or presently attending (including junior/community colleges and extension programs). All applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from outside the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). We require course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation. Exceptions are made for applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. University.
  4. Admissions interview (EMBA, AMBA, Emerging Professional MBA, and MSF, MSE applicants only); Evening MBA interviews are scheduled at the discretion of the Admissions Committee
  5. Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score
  6. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE), if required
  7. Non-refundable application fee of $100 ($150 for international student applicants requiring a student visa)
    1. The online application fee must be paid by credit card or electronic check and submitted electronically at the time of application submission.

GMAT information and registration is available from the Graduate Management Admission Council at: the GMAT. GRE information is available at: Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL (internet-based test), 7 on the IELTS, or 68 on the PTE. This requirement also may be met by scoring at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE, or if the applicant has a degree from an accredited U.S. university. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to fulfill the language requirement, even if their language of instruction was English.

Foreign-born admitted students requesting student visas must submit a current financial statement (no more than 90 days old) showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of study, and they must be enrolled in at least 9 units each quarter. Santa Clara University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Applicants are responsible for the appropriate submission of all application materials:

  • Application form, fee, and essay responses submitted online
  • Recommendation letters, and transcripts submitted in hard copy to the admissions office: Graduate Business Programs Admissions Committee, Leavey School of Business, Lucas Hall Suite 109, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0410
  • GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores sent directly from the test center to the Graduate Business Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee will not review applications until all materials have been received.


Applicants may be admitted with one or more contingencies. All contingencies are documented on the student’s Program Plan Card or acceptance letter, which is provided to the student at the time of admission. All contingencies must be fulfilled by the timeline indicated on the student’s Program Plan Card or acceptance letter (some contingencies are required to be satisfied prior to enrollment and others are required by the end of the student’s first term in residence.) Students who do not fulfill his or her contingency requirements by the requested date(s) will not be permitted to register for classes until the contingency is fulfilled.


The completed application package should be sent as early as possible. The deadlines are:

  • Fall Quarter (All programs, except MSE and MSF) Round 1: April 1 Round 2: June 1
  • Winter Quarter (Evening MBA, Emerging Professionals, and MSIS) November 1
  • Spring Quarter (Evening MBA, Emerging Professionals, and MSIS) January 20
  • Summer Quarter (MSF and MSE) February 1


Admissions decisions are made throughout the year. Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability indicated by college records and GMAT/GRE scores, demonstrated management potential (including work experience and recommendations), and motivation to complete a demanding academic program. Once accepted, a nonrefundable tuition deposit is required prior to registration. The deposit is applied toward the student’s first-term tuition.


Candidates admitted to the MBA and MSIS programs may petition for an admission deferment to a subsequent term. Acceptance of the deferment request is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and requires submission of the non-refundable deposit.

If a deferment request is granted, Evening MBA, Emerging Professionals, and MSIS candidates may be given a deferment of up to two quarters (including summer) beyond that for which they were originally accepted. AMBA, EMBA, MSF, and MSE candidates may be granted a deferment of up to one year. Otherwise, they must formally re-apply. Official transcripts of course work taken in the interim must be submitted for review prior to the first quarter of enrollment.

The candidate must meet the requirements of the curriculum in effect at the time of first enrollment, not that of the admitted quarter.


Applicants who previously applied to the program and were not accepted may reapply to a future quarter up to one year after the original application. For reconsideration, applicants must submit an updated application form, reconsideration fee of $50, and new information (i.e., new GMAT/GRE score, additional course work, etc.). Reconsideration applications without additional information will not be considered.

Applicants may apply for reconsideration one time only. A meeting with an admissions counselor is strongly recommended prior to applying for reconsideration. Decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.


Students admitted to the program who cease registering for classes and do not apply for a leave of absence, or who never register, must formally re-apply for admission. If the original application is on file, re-application requires only a completed application form, updated resume, and $100 application fee. If the original application is no longer on file, essay responses, recommendation letters, official GMAT/GRE score, and updated transcripts must be resubmitted.

Re-admission is not guaranteed. Applicants re-admitted must meet the requirements of the curriculum in effect at time of re-admission, and must enroll for the respective quarter. Credit is not guaranteed for previously completed course work. Deferrals are not permitted.


Students currently enrolled in an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited MBA program at another institution and who want to enroll at SCU may apply for courtesy student status. The application must include a completed application form, resume, $100 application fee, MBA transcript, and a letter from the current MBA program director clearly stating the specific courses the student will be permitted to complete at SCU. Registration is on a space-available basis and occurs after the registration period for matriculated students. Refer here for course descriptions.


Applicants are accepted to the Emerging Professionals MBA program in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, however, the required Emerging Professionals workshops only begin once a year in the Fall quarter. Enrolled students who begin their residency in the Winter or Spring quarters may begin their coursework in the term they are accepted for admission, but are required to join the Emerging Professionals workshops the first Fall term of enrollment. Full participation in the monthly workshops is required during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the first year. Upon completion, participants will be registered for one unit of tuition and receive one unit of elective credit towards the MBA degree requirements. Failure to participate in all required monthly workshops will prohibit students from continued enrollment in the program.


Admitted students may be asked to complete an assessment of their skills in the areas of listening and reading comprehension, verbal fluency and business writing during new student orientation. If the assessment indicates a likely benefit from additional skills development, students may be required to participate in a skills development class for up to the first three quarters of residency. These classes are non-credit bearing, are not subject to tuition fees (though there may be a modest program fee), and do not contribute to the completion of a degree.

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