Requirements Checklist

Please note:

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent four-year baccalaureate degree approved by home country's Ministry of Education
  • All applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from outside of 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.
  • Tuition (2013-14) is $1,015/unit; the MS in Finance degree requires completion of 48 units

The applicant must complete and submit the following items by the published deadline dates.Your application will not be reviewed until all material is received.

  • Online application form and essay question responses. (Visit the online application web page here »)
  • Two completed confidential Letters of Recommendation from faculty, managers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work. Downloadable forms provided in the online application.
  • Two official transcripts from each college / university-level institution attended, including extension programs.
  • Resume
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/ International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score if your first language is not English.
  • application fee ($100 for domestic applicants; $150 for international applicants)
  • Official GMAT or GRE exam results. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be sent directly from the ETS office to Santa Clara University (GMAT code BV3-WB51; GRE code 7238).

After Submitting the Online Application

Schedule your required Admissions Interview

Once you've submitted a completed application, you will be contacted by our Admissions Team about scheduling your final on-campus interview. Applicants from outside the immediate area will be given the option of a phone / Skype interview.

Submit all application materials by deadline
  1. Application form, fee, and essay responses submitted online at
  2. Online application fee must be paid by credit card and submitted electronically.
  3. Recommendation letters, resume, and transcripts submitted in hard copy to the admissions office:

MSF Admissions Committee
Leavey School of Business
Lucas Hall Suite 109
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0410

Please do NOT fax supplemental materials.

Have the GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores sent directly from the test center to the Graduate Business Admissions Committee.

  • GRE, reference Institution code: 7238
  • GMAT, reference Institution code: BV3-WB51
  • TOEFL, reference Institution code: 4851, Department code: 02

To ask specific questions about graduate business programs, call the Graduate Business Admissions Office at 408-554-4539, or e-mail

International Applicants

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.


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 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 MSF 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. (Find these forms and more information on the University's International Student website here » )

Financial Aid for Foreign Students

The University Financial Aid Office can help you locate and apply for private loans. You may visit the Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building near the entrance of campus for additional information. Call the staff at 408-551-1000, or e-mail

International students are eligible to apply for scholarships.

U.S. Employment for Foreign Students

To learn more about employment opportunities for international students on or off campus please visit the International Student Services website here »

Admissions Decisions

Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability as indicated by college records, demonstrated technical management potential (including work experience and recommendations), and motivation to complete a demanding academic program.

MSF applications are reviewed after the February 1 deadline. An Admissions interview will be conducted before a final offer of acceptance is made. Admissions decisions are made within 2-3 weeks after the final admissions interview.

A $300 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure a position in the MSF program within six weeks of acceptance.


Important Dates

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