Online MBA Academic Program Details

The Online MBA program is offered through the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. Known for a long tradition of excellence and ethical leadership in the community, the business school has organized the Online MBA program in a comprehensive manner.

How an Ethical Focus Keeps SCU's Online MBA Relevant
How an Ethical Focus Keeps SCU's Online MBA Relevant
How an Ethical Focus Keeps SCU's Online MBA Relevant

Program Details

  • Online curriculum
  • Graduate in as few as 2 years
  • 2 on-campus residencies
  • 4 start dates: fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • AACSB and WSCUC accredited

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Bring Silicon Valley to You

Our Online MBA program offers a well-rounded, real-world-applicable curriculum. With a focus on preparing professionals to lead innovation through ethical leadership, the curriculum is divided into three distinctions: core courses, “Challenges in” electives, and free electives of your choosing.

Silicon Valley. Anytime, Anywhere.

The benefits of an online learning environment are straightforward and dynamic. It allows you to pursue your graduate education and develop your business skill set while maintaining a full-time job, scheduling your class time on your time. It also lets you access a celebrated business school from wherever you may be living at the moment.

Learning online with Santa Clara’s Online MBA
Learning online with Santa Clara’s Online MBA
Learning online with Santa Clara’s Online MBA

Learn more about the SCU Online MBA and and download a program brochure.

Be a Silicon Valley Professional

The ultimate goal of our curriculum is to help students become a Silicon Valley Professional (SVP). An SVP is a person with the skills and tenacity to make change happen in their career and for their company, along with the compassion and ethics to make a positive impact in their community.

To accomplish this, we use a dynamic curriculum, featuring four available online concentrations in Leading Innovative Organizations, Marketing, Finance, and Data Science and Business Analytics, as well as two additional concentrations that can be completed by taking on-campus electives. While selecting a concentration is not required in order to complete the Online MBA program, concentrations allow students to showcase an area of focus within their degree. If you'd like to specialize in a particular area of business, consider choosing from the concentrations below.

Course Descriptions

Data Science and Business Analytics Concentration

The Data Science and Business Analytics concentration provides you with the most up-to-the-minute analytical and data skills, embedded within a context of essential business knowledge. Students will learn to synthesize company data resources with broader knowledge of markets to address a wide range of business problems, offer market-based perspectives and solutions to help business intelligence drive corporate value, and work directly and with engineering and technical teams to deliver data-driven solutions.

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Leading Innovative Organizations Concentration

The Leading Innovative Organizations concentration will help you effectively create, organize, and sustain organizational systems and processes necessary for success in rapidly changing and turbulent environments. Building from the management and innovation core courses, you will deepen your overall understanding of the innovation context, leadership in complex environments, team and project management, and agile decision-making. Required courses for the Leading Innovative Organizations concentration are:

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Marketing Concentration

The Marketing concentration will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the development, management, and marketing of products, brands, and services in contexts including high tech, business-to-business, services, and more. Students will focus on state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques that are utilized by innovative companies across their marketing applications. SCU is ranked the #12 Best Online MBA for Marketing.1

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Finance Concentration

The Finance concentration will provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and manage financial securities such as stocks, bonds, options, and futures, and it will familiarize students with key financial markets. Students will learn how to apply financial principles in corporate settings, such as choosing and managing investment projects, and in investment settings, such as by constructing investment portfolios. They will also build knowledge of the links between finance and other business functions such as marketing and operations. SCU is ranked the #10 Best Online MBA for Finance.1

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On-Campus MBA Concentrations

Online MBA students also have the option of pursuing one of two additional concentrations available to our on-campus MBA students:

While some courses required to complete these concentrations are unfortunately not yet available online, all Online MBA students with the ability to travel to campus for class are welcome to enroll in them.

Which Santa Clara Online Business Program Is Right for You?

Online MBAOnline MS in MarketingOnline MS in Finance and AnalyticsOnline MS in Business Analytics
Time to CompletionAs few as 2 yearsAs little as 1 yearAs little as 1 yearAs little as 1 year
Program FormatOnline, asynchronousOnline, asynchronousOnline, asynchronousOnline, asynchronous
GMAT/GRE RequiredYesYesYesYes
GMAT/GRE Waiver AvailableYesYesYesYes
Expedited Alumni Admission PathwayYesYesYesYes
Total Program Credits70 units36 units36 units42 units
Electives26 units18 units12 units10 units
Concentrations Available*6: Leading Innovative Organizations, Marketing, Finance, Data Science and Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Food EntrepreneurshipNoNoNo
On-Campus Requirements2: On-campus residencies at the start and end of the programOn-campus residency weekend at the start of the program1 on-campus residency1 on-campus residency
Annual Program Starts4 (winter, spring, summer, fall)2 (spring and fall)2 (spring and fall)2 (spring and fall)
Minimum GPA Required for AdmissionNoneNone3.0 cumulative GPA3.0 cumulative GPA
Work Experience Required3 or more years of professional work experienceNoneNoneNone
Essays Required for Admission3 short business essays3 short business essays3 short business essays3 short business essays
Letters of Recommendation Required2222
Interview RequiredYesYesYesYes
Tuition per Credit Hour**$1,198/unit$1,113/unit$1,318/unit$1,318/unit
Total Tuition**$83,860$40,068$47,448$55,356
Leavey Scholarships AvailableSee scholarship pageSee scholarship pageSee scholarship pageSee scholarship page
Application Fee$148$148$148$148

*The Data Science and Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, and Food Entrepreneurship concentrations require completion of on-campus courses.
**Tuition rate is subject to change annually.

Online MBAOnline MS in MarketingOnline MS in Finance and AnalyticsOnline MS in Business Analytics
Current Goals

- Grow your network

- Get promoted

- Increase your salary

- Expand your career options

- Position yourself to advance in the field of marketing

- Pivot into marketing

- Grow your network

- Transition from data practitioner to strategist

- Find a lucrative job as analyst/advisor

- Land a job in one of the fastest growing in-demand fields in tech

- Become a leader who helps shape the data story

Long-Term Career Aspirations- Upper management or C-suite position

- Marketing management role

- CMO (long-term goal)

- Upper management or C-suite position- Upper management role such as CTO or Chief Data Officer

- Desire to make professional connections

- Belief in a well-rounded, customizable education

- Desire to be an expert marketer

- Belief in the importance of adaptability

- Desire to grow and evolve analytics knowledge and toolkit

- Belief in need for data to be translated into an actionable story

- Desire to provide informed decisions and concrete answers

- Belief in using data to drive business growth

Program Is Perfect if You...

- Want the freedom to choose multiple electives

- Value a flexible schedule and work/life balance

- Would benefit from access to a Silicon Valley network

- Are deeply fascinated by marketing technology and its uses

- Want a focus on marketing with a grounding in management fundamentals

- Value a flexible schedule and work/life balance

- Are inquisitive and interested in solving business challenges through analytical methods

- Want an experiential learning element that connects you to Silicon Valley companies

- Value a flexible schedule and work/life balance

- Want to learn from (and among) those who share your passion for data

- Are interested in joining alums who are now working at companies such as Intel, Tesla, LinkedIn, McAfee, GoPro

- Value a flexible schedule and work/life balance

Click here to learn about the graduate business degree programs offered on campus at Santa Clara University.

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From Our Students
I have made some valuable connections with people from the Online MBA program. Understanding what they do at work and their reason for doing an MBA has given me new perspectives of what direction I could go with my MBA.
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Priority Deadline
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