In addition to submitting general application materials, international students should be aware of the requirements below.
Applicants whose first language is not English (regardless of whether your schooling was in English) must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and have ETS send the scores directly to Santa Clara University, Institution Code 4851, Department 02. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the IBT test. The TOEFL may be waived if the applicant receives a score in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GMAT/GRE or have obtained a U.S. degree from an accredited institution. We also accept the IELTS. A minimum score of 7.0 is required.
Foreign-born applicants requesting student visas (F-1) must submit a financial statement showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of the two-year program. F-1 applicants must be enrolled in at least nine (9) units per quarter. See the University's website for international students for more information regarding student visas.
If you are accepted to the Leavey School of Business, you need to complete the I-20 Request Form in addition to the Financial Resource Statement and include official documents verifying funds to cover tuition and expenses for the first year of the two-year MBA program. These documents cannot be more than 90 days old. If you are being sponsored by another person, you need to submit a letter or Affidavit of Support from that individual or institution stating that he or she will sponsor you, as well as financial documents in the sponsor's name to show funding for the first year of the program.
International students who are studying on the F-1 visa are not eligible for the Executive MBA programs.
Federal financial aid is not available for non-US citizens, except in cases where they have attained Permanent Resident status and have made application for citizenship. International students are eligible for scholarships. For more information, please contact the Graduate Business Admissions and Financial Aid, Leavey School of Business, 408-554-4539.
To learn more about employment opportunities for international students on- or off-campus, please visit the International Student Services website here »
The Santa Clara MBA program recognizes the increasing importance of obtaining an international perspective on business and society. Students are exposed to multinational business issues and multicultural perspectives in many of the required courses. Most departments offer electives focusing on international issues from a disciplinary or functional perspective.
Students are strongly encouraged to include at least one of these courses among their 24 elective units or in their selections from the accounting and finance menus. Students may also select a concentration in international business, which explores functional issues within a global perspective and examines cross-disciplinary international topics.
Q : Do I need to take the TOEFL?
A : The TOEFL may be waived only if the applicant receives a score in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE. Applicants whose GMAT/GRE score was lower than the 50th percentile, and whose native language is not English (regardless of whether your schooling was in English) must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and have ETS send the scores directly to Santa Clara University, Institution Code 4851, Department 02. A minimum TOEFL of 100 on the IBT test. Applications with a degree from an accredited U.S. university are waived from the TOEFL requirement.
Q : I have a three-year degree; am I eligible to apply?
A : Have your degree evaluated by one of the services on the National Association Credential Evaluation Services website. NACES is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. NACES was founded in 1987 by credential evaluation services dedicated to promoting excellence and committed to setting the standards for the profession. If your evaluation confirms that your degree is equivalent to a four-year US Bachelor's degree, you are eligible to apply.
Q : How do I get my degree evaluated?
A : Find an evaluation service on the National Association Credential Evaluation Services website and submit the evaluation through the service.
Q : As an applicant who would need an F-1 Student Visa to study in the U.S., which programs are full-time?
A : International applicants, those needing a student visa to study in the program, are eligible to apply for our Evening MBA, Accelerated MBA, Emerging Professionals MBA and MS programs. Due to the specialized nature of our Executive MBA program, F-1 visa holders are not eligible for admission. (H1 and H4 visa holders and residents are eligible for these programs.)
Q : I have little work experience. Am I eligible for any of Santa Clara's MBA programs?
A : International students with fewer than three years of professional work experience are eligible to apply to our Emerging Professional MBA program.
Q: Is it possible to receive a conditional admission before taking the GMAT?
A: No. All required application materials must be received by the Admissions Office in order for an admissions decision to be made. The GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants.
Q: Santa Clara's Emerging Professionals, Evening MBA, and Accelerated MBA are part-time programs. Can I still enroll?
A: Yes. Our Emerging Professionals MBA and Evening MBA programs are considered flexible; therefore, it is possible for students to enroll in a part-time or full-time equivalent course-load. International students are required to enroll in at least 9 quarter units each term. Enrolling in three courses (9 units per term), including summer term, you will finish your MBA in approximately two years. (Note: summer term is optional). Additionally, our 22-month Accelerated MBA program is equivalent to a full-time course-load each quarter, allowing international students to remain in status throughout the entire program.