Santa Clara's MBA program currently offers concentrations as described below. A minimum of fifteen units, taken from elective courses, must be completed to earn the concentration, which is a required component of the MBA curriculum. Coursework completed outside of Santa Clara University will not satisfy a concentration requirement. 

As a result of the dynamic nature of concentrations and course offerings, changes to the concentration requirements are made throughout the academic year. Students should consult with the Graduate Business Office for the most recent concentration requirements. Faculty concentration coordinators organize topical events in conjunction with the Graduate Business staff to introduce students to alumni and friends working in aspects encompassed by the concentrations.

Data Science and Business Analytics

This concentration is inter-disciplinary. It meets a growing need for knowledge workers in the Valley who employ quantitative methods, economic paradigms, and technology to business processes and decision making. The student who specializes in this concentration will have strong analytical and data skills combined with business knowledge that will be applied to solving problems where business intelligence is a fundamental driver of corporate value.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand and acquire technical expertise in various quantitative fields such as statistics, econometrics, stochastic processes, calculus, optimization, and software paradigms, that underlie various analyses undertaken by corporations.
  • Learn how to build models (theoretical and econometric) to characterize business situations, develop strategies, and analyze these models collecting, verifying, and using data to achieve optimal business decisions.

Digital Marketing and E-Commerce

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe and apply current and evolving marketing frameworks with digital and e-commerce components to both high tech and non-high tech environments, integrate digital marketing & e-commerce processes with other traditional business elements to develop creative digital marketing and e-commerce strategies and plans, and utilize digital marketing and e-commerce concepts and approaches to optimize customer satisfaction and contribute to societal well-being.

Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

Learning Objectives
  • To develop an analytical framework for evaluating new business opportunities.
  • To review some of the special operating problems of new enterprises including the problems of survival in the early years, maintaining growth in an orderly fashion, and maintaining momentum as the firm approaches maturity. This involves developing and integrating an understanding of the accounting, finance, marketing, operations and management issues that start-ups face.
  • To identify the unique entrepreneurial challenges faced by start-ups in high-technology sectors of the economy – these include infotech, biotech and cleantech. This involves reviewing the salient characteristics of these sectors, identifying the key strategic issues associated with them and then providing tools/frameworks to address these challenges.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to evaluate their own abilities and goals in regard to small business opportunities. A career in one's own business has both advantages and disadvantages.

Finance (Corporate and Investing Tracks)

The finance concentration provides an extensive and deep knowledge of finance, assisting students to transition from technical functions or advance in financial leadership.

Learning Objectives

Students will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  • Analyze the valuation effects of investment and financial policies
  • Interpret and analyze financial information and develop financial models for decision-making
  • Explain the role of markets and financial institutions on the economy

The finance concentration has two tracks:

  • one for students most interested in careers within corporations, in positions such as Chief Financial Officer, and
  • one for students most interested in careers within investment companies, in positions such as Chief Investment Officer.

Leading Innovative Organizations

Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate how to create, organize and sustain systems and processes necessary for success in rapidly changing and turbulent environments.
  • Give examples of how one can lead in complex systems with grace and competence, and how one can leverage the strengths of other people, partners, and organizations.
  • Describe the impact of systems on people and people on systems.
  • Delineate interpersonal competencies and awareness of the social and moral dimensions of decisions.

Individual Studies Concentration

The Individual Studies Concentration may meet the needs of students who wish to design a concentration with academic content and perspective not provided by currently available concentrations. All courses in the ISC must be taken from Business School curriculum. Students must write a proposal and have the proposed course of study approved by the ISC coordinator and the senior assistant dean for graduate business prior to the concentration being declared.


Food and Agribusiness

Completion of this specialization, along with the required completion of another concentration, will prepare students to work in the global food and agribusiness industry and supporting industries. 

Note: completion of one of the above listed concentrations is required in addition to the coursework in this specialization.

Note : Enrolled students should be guided by the materials and advice issued from the Graduate Business Office only. Information on this page is accurate as of the 2013-14 academic year, but subject to change without notice in a given quarter.