Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for Admissions
What are the application deadlines for Leavey’s online programs?
Is the GMAT/GRE required before I apply?
The GMAT/GRE must be taken prior to the deadline for which you are applying, and we do not allow for conditional acceptance while applicants prepare for the exam. We recommend that you plan to take the GMAT/GRE at least one month prior to the application deadline to allow time for scores to arrive.
Am I required to come to campus for an interview?
Do you offer conditional acceptance?
What constitutes a completed application, and do I need to have all my documents together before sending them to Santa Clara University?
- Online application form complete with resume and essay question responses
- Online application fee paid by credit card
- Official GMAT or GRE exam results* (waivers available for qualified applicants)
- TOEFL or IELTS test score results (if required)
- Official transcripts from each college or university-level institution attended, including extension programs. A World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package evaluation is required for international institutions*
- Two confidential letters of recommendation
Please note that hard-copy official transcripts should not be sent directly to the university unless absolutely necessary. We strongly prefer electronic official transcripts delivered by your institution to email@example.com.
*Unofficial GMAT or GRE scores and unofficial/in-progress transcripts are acceptable for the initial admissions process. However, should you decide to enroll in our program, official documents are required before the first day of class.
Is there a preference between the GMAT or the GRE?
I have little professional work experience. Am I eligible to apply to Santa Clara's online graduate business programs?
There is no required minimum work experience for the Online MS in Marketing, MS in Finance and Analytics, and MS in Business Analytics programs.
What is the difference between the on-campus MBA program and the Online MBA?
Upon completing the program, the SVP dashboard provides Online MBA students with a comprehensive e-portfolio of research artifacts, professional development experiences, faculty and peer reviews, and more. This differentiating feature is available only through the Online MBA program.
Learn more about the SVP dashboard here.
Will my diploma state “Online” before the degree name?
Your Santa Clara University diploma will specify that you have completed a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Science in Marketing, Finance and Analytics, or Business Analytics. There will be no indication that you completed the degree program online.
Is there an international immersion experience?
What networking opportunities are available to online students at SCU?
To learn more about networking opportunities associated with our online programs and to download the “Leavey News & Notes” newsletter, please visit the networking page here.
What are the demographics of current Online MBA students?
- 46% female
- 54% male
- 29% earned an undergraduate degree in business
- 18% earned an undergraduate degree in a liberal arts field
- The average student age is 29 years
- 81% specified career advancement as their primary reason for pursuing the program
- 27% are currently employed in the technology sector
- 14% are currently employed in the finance sector
- 11% are currently employed in the manufacturing/automotive/aerospace sector
When do the required on-campus components take place for each program?
For Online MS in Marketing, MS in Finance and Analytics, and MS in Business Analytics students, the three-day on-campus residency weekend will take place immediately before your first term begins.
Learn more about the Online MBA, Online MS in Marketing, Online MS in Finance and Analytics, and Online MS in Business Analytics residency weekends.
What kind of weekly time commitment do these programs require?
Is it possible to complete these programs while also working full-time?
Approximately how many courses should I expect to complete each year?
The Online MS in Marketing comprises three 2-unit “business foundations” courses, three 4-unit “marketing core” courses, and nine 2-unit elective courses, and it can be completed in as little as one year.
The Online MS in Finance and Analytics consists of 6 core courses totaling 20 units, 12 units of electives, and a four-unit experiential learning course. It can be completed in as little as one year.
The Online MS in Business Analytics includes 8 core courses totaling 32 units and 10 additional elective units. It can be completed in just over one year.
View the complete list course descriptions for each program:
If coursework is delivered asynchronously, how will I interact with my cohort peers?
In addition to these ongoing interactions, students will have the opportunity to interface with their cohort peers during their program’s on-campus component.
Online MBA students who reside in or are visiting the Bay Area also will have the opportunity to participate in company tours, which are hosted by their cohort peers and available exclusively to Online MBA students.
Why do online students have to be vaccinated?
Unfortunately, we cannot track who comes to campus and who does not come to campus, so the University made it a requirement that all students have to be vaccinated. There is a medical exemption available. Please take a look at the vaccine faqs page if that option is one you want to pursue; the details are laid out there. We wish you continued good health.
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