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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Santa Clara University’s Business School develops men and women with competence, conscience, and compassion who can provide leadership in technologically advanced and rapidly changing global environments. The development of competence is reflected in our commitment to teaching excellence and the scholarly research necessary to animate instruction and foster the creation of knowledge. The development of conscience is enhanced through an emphasis on reflective inquiry that is both professionally rigorous and ethically sound. Compassion is at the intersection of competence and conscience, and is fostered through an appreciation of multiple perspectives and recognition of the human being as part of every equation.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE LEAVEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The Mission Statement for the Leavey School of Business defines our values, our distinctive characteristics, our goals, and our motivation. The mission statement sets a standard for our activities that is consistent with our aspirations. It offers a way to differentiate the Santa Clara Business School experience, and it leaves open the opportunity for the development of new curriculum, new scholarly pursuits, and new programs that change our students and our community.
The Leavey School of Business is a community dedicated to innovative learning and scholarship that transforms people, ideas, and organizations to create prosperity here and around the world. We blend theory and practice, find inspiration in Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit, and are committed to a collaborative learning environment that develops leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion.
In support of our mission, we establish three strategic priorities:
MBA PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES
MBA students at Santa Clara University learn to:
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE GRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMS OFFICE
The Santa Clara University Graduate Business Team comprised of Academic Support and Student Life, Career Management and International and Weekend Programs, work synergistically to facilitate a comprehensive high quality experience for the graduate business community.
The MBA Program at Santa Clara University was the first accredited graduate business program designed specifically to meet the needs and concerns of working professionals. To allow students to pursue their MBA degrees while continuing their careers, all course work is completed in the evening, during weekends, or a combination of these options. The curriculum blends instruction in theory with practical applications, enriched by faculty engaged in state-of-the-art research and students who deal daily with real-life organizational concerns. For example, an organizational simulation (Silicon Valley Technologies) developed by Leavey School of Business faculty is used as part of the entering students’ experience in the Management 3500 course. The simulation represents the dynamic nature of managerial work.
Santa Clara’s MBA Program has a reputation for quality, providing both academic rigor and practical relevance. Admission standards are selective, as the courses are demanding and the expectations from both the faculty and fellow students are high, although the atmosphere is still collegial and not competitive. While the MBA degree is considered a final professional degree, we look to admit students focused on receiving an education, not simply a piece of paper, for their time and effort. Students should be prepared for an intensive course of study encompassing all the major functional and disciplinary areas and involving both quantitative and qualitative skills.
Santa Clara University was in the original group of MBA programs in 1961 accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB is the specialized accrediting organization that conducts periodic in-depth reviews of business schools to ensure that their curricula, faculty, and students meet the highest standards of excellence. Re-accredited in 2012, Santa Clara’s program has consistently met the high standards of the AACSB. Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates who are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools. Santa Clara is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Such regional accreditation is a prerequisite for the specialized program accreditation provided by AACSB International.
Approximately 900 students are enrolled in the MBA and MSIS Programs. Entering students represent a variety of undergraduate and graduate fields of study. About 23 percent have undergraduate degrees in business, 41 percent in engineering and science, 22 percent in the humanities and social sciences including economics, 7 percent in natural sciences, and 7 percent in other disciplines. Nearly 20 percent of entering MBA students already hold master’s and doctoral degrees; 33 percent of the students are female. MBA students, on average, have six years of work experience at time of admission. The average grade point average of entering MBA students is 3.1, and the average GMAT score is 611. About 40 percent of the student body is originally from outside of the United States. This blend of academic backgrounds and work experience provides opportunities for enhanced learning both in and out of the classroom.
Current MBA students come from more than 400 undergraduate colleges and universities throughout the United States. Approximately 80 percent of the MBA student body is composed of working professionals—people who work full time in local companies and take one or two courses each quarter. Students come from more than 500 organizations that comprise a list of Silicon Valley’s most vibrant businesses.
Since 1961, more than 15,000 men and women have received their MBA or MSIS degrees from Santa Clara University. As one of the first MBA programs to be accredited by AACSB International, SCU’s Leavey School of Business has been educating the next generation of leaders who shape our world for decades. Among our University alumni are more than 2,000 company presidents and senior corporate executives, many of them leaders in global technology companies. Our graduates have gone on to be leaders in Fortune 500 firms, start-up and early growth companies, as well as in family and non-profit organizations. The high regard for the Santa Clara MBA degree also is reflected in the number of Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area companies that have a relationship with the university.
The Business School’s External and Alumni Relations team offer various events throughout the year. These events are designed to provide opportunities to connect with fellow alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as provide life-long learning forums. Leavey School of Business alumni are very involved in these networking events. They serve on information panels, welcome new alumni at commencement, host local reunions, share their stories with prospective students, and participate in coaching students through the Leavey Ambassador program. For more information, visit our website: www.scu.edu/business/alumni/.
Graduate Business alumni take advantage of other opportunities such as the Extended Edition Program, returning to campus to take classes on a space-available basis for a reduced tuition. A certificate of completion is issued in place of an official transcript. More information about alumni benefits is available at: www.scu.edu/business/alumni/benefits..
Leavey School of Business Office of Alumni and External Relations is located in the Dean’s suite in Lucas Hall, phone: 408-554-4474, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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