How to Apply

BusinessCAS is a shared application system used by multiple schools of business across the U.S. It consists of three sections of general information that need only be submitted once to be used on applications for any participating school and one section of university- and program-specific content.

Follow this quick and simple overview to apply to the Online MBA, Online MSBA, or Online MS in Finance and Analytics or Online MS in Marketing program at Santa Clara University via the BusinessCAS system.

Download a PDF of our “How to Apply” step-by-step guide.

1. Create Your Account

Why do I need to create an account?

Creating an account lets you work through the application as time allows—you can save your progress, step away, and return as needed.

There is no obligation to enroll associated with completing and submitting an application.

  • Navigate to the BusinessCAS online application portal and click “Create an Account”
  • Fill out the required fields, including name, contact information, and username and password
  • Check the box to certify your agreement to the BusinessCAS terms of service, and click “Create my account”

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2. Start Your Application

How do I select the correct program?

Once you have accessed the online application portal home screen, your next step is to select your program of choice from Santa Clara University.

  • Click “Add Program” in the navigation bar at the top of the screen
  • Search for “Santa Clara University” in the search field, then select your preferred program option by clicking the blue plus sign to the left of the program’s name so that it becomes a green check mark
    • Online MBA
    • Online MBA (SCU Alumni only)
    • Online MSBA
    • Online MSBA (SCU Alumni only)
    • Online MS in Marketing
    • Online MS in Marketing (SCU Alumni only)
    • Online MS in Finance and Analytics
    • Online MS in Finance and Analytics (SCU Alumni only)
  • It is possible that this page may have another university’s graduate business program already preselected. If this is the case, click on the green check mark next to its name to deselect it

Once you have selected the correct program, click “My Application” in the navigation bar to return to the home screen and begin filling out the online application.
Don't forget that you may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver!
Online MBA Waiver Details >>
Online MSBA Waiver Details >>
Online MS in Marketing Waiver Details >>
Online MS in Finance and Analytics Waiver Details >>

Choose the right Leavey program for you from the available options.

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3. Complete the Online Application

How is the online application organized?

The application should require no more than two hours to complete. It is divided into four sections, each accessible from the application portal home screen:

  • Personal Information: Release statement, biographical information, contact information, citizenship information, race and ethnicity, and more
  • Academic History: Colleges attended, transcript entry, standardized test scores, GPA entry
  • Supporting Information: Experiences (optional), achievements (optional), document uploads
  • Program Materials: Select your program (Online MBA, Online MSBA, Online MS in Marketing, or Online MS in Finance and Analytics), then upload documents (including personal essays), request recommendations, and answer additional questions accessible via tabs on the subsequent page

At any time, you can click “My Application” in the navigation bar at the top of the page to return to the portal home screen.
Find more information about application materials:
Online MBA Application Checklist >>
Online MSBA Application Checklist >>
Online MS in Marketing Application Checklist >>
Online MS in Finance and Analytics >>

Use the BusinessCAS home screen to navigate quickly between all required and optional portions of the online application.


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4. Documents and Letters of Recommendations

What do I need to submit with my application?

There are several locations in the online application portal in which you must upload your supporting documents:

  • Your unofficial transcripts should be uploaded in the Academic History section
  • Your resume/CV should be uploaded in the Supporting Information section
  • Your three business essays—collected together in one document—should be uploaded in the “Documents” tab of the Program Materials section (it will be labeled “Personal Statement” there)

You must also request your letters of recommendation from the “Recommendations” tab of the Program Materials section. For each recommender, click the “Add Recommendation” button and fill out the required contact information fields on the subsequent page, including an indication of whether you waive your right to view the recommendation.

You should allow up to two weeks to request and submit all supporting documents.

5. Submit Your Application

Ready to submit? Here are your final steps.

Once you have completed all of the required sections of the online application, proceed to the “Submit Application” tab in the navigation bar. Here you will pay your $158 application fee and make your final submission of your application.

Your application is ready to be submitted if the green progress bar under “Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business” is filled to 100 percent and the “Submit” button is active and clickable. You should allow up to two weeks to request and submit all supporting documents.

Be sure to double check your application so that you are absolutely certain all information is correct and all required documents are included. Once you submit your application, you will be unable to change it or receive a refund for your application fee.

Upcoming Application Deadlines (MBA)

Preferred Deadline
July 18
Fall 2024 Term
Priority Deadline
August 10
Fall 2024 Term
Application Deadline
August 30
Fall 2024 Term
Next Start
September 23
Fall 2024 Term

6. Apply for Financial Aid

Now that your application is submitted, how will you pay for your online degree?

Congratulations! You have successfully submitted your application to an online graduate business program at Santa Clara University! But now that you have submitted your application, how will you pay for your degree?

Santa Clara University offers several exclusive scholarship opportunities to Online MBA students, and we can help you identify additional options for financing either your Online MBA, Online MSBA, Online MS in Finance and Analytics, or Online MS in Marketing degree.

Start by submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and then consider whether you could be eligible for financial aid through your employer, the military, or another government organization.

Santa Clara University's FAFSA Code: 001326

Looking for more information?
Online MBA Tuition and Financial Aid >>
Online MSBA Tuition and Financial Aid >>
Online MS in Marketing Tuition and Financial Aid >>
Online MS in Finance and Analytics Tuition and Financial Aid >>

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept e-transcripts?

Yes. Electronic transcripts are strongly preferred and can be uploaded as part of the GMAT/GRE waiver form or through the application portal. Please note that while unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for the initial application process, official transcripts are required prior to your first day of class.

Where should I send hard copies of my transcripts?

If e-transcripts are not uploaded through the GMAT/GRE waiver form or application portal, hard copies can be mailed to the following address:
Graduate Business Admissions
Lucas Hall, Suite 116
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Please note that official transcripts must be sealed when received by our admissions office. While unofficial transcripts can be provided for an initial admissions decision, official transcripts must be received before your first day of class.

Do I need copies of all transcripts, even for institutions where I completed only one class?

Yes. Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended. Students applying with an international degree should start the WES process (course-by-course evaluation) as soon as possible because it can take several months for the WES evaluation to be processed.

Do all of my support materials have to be submitted by the application deadline?

Transcripts, essays, test scores, and your resume or CV should be received by the application deadline. It is not required that your letters of recommendation be received by that date, but we will be unable to schedule your required admission interview until we have them on file. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage our students to apply early.

How long do my personal essays need to be?

Aim for approximately 250-300 words for each of your three essays, and note that the combined length of all three pieces should not exceed 1,000 words. This is considered an ideal length for sharing your professional history, current career goals, and thoughts regarding how an Online MBA, Online MSBA, Online MS in Finance and Analytics, or Online Master’s in Marketing will help you achieve those goals.

When will I be notified of an admissions decision?

After submitting your application, you will receive an email invitation to schedule an interview (virtual or in person). It is best to schedule an interview as soon as possible; after your interview, an admissions decision is typically delivered within 10 business days. You will be notified of the final admissions decision via email, and it will also be noted in your online application. Once you have received an admissions decision, you will have a specific window of time in which to respond with your acceptance.

Who should I request as a reference?

While there are no specific requirements or preferences regarding who you choose as a reference, we recommend that you choose professional references who can attest to your business acumen and personal commitment to your work.

Who should I contact if I have technical difficulties with the application?

If you encounter any technical difficulties with the application portal, you are welcome to contact an Admissions Outreach Advisor at 408-514-5501, or you can reach the Santa Clara University Technology Help Desk at 408-554-5700.

Can I save my application and complete it at a later time?

Yes. The application is a working document, and our admissions team expects that you will need to step away from and return to the application portal several times before the process is complete.

You will be given the option to save your application upon completion of each section. Doing so will save your current progress, including any uploaded documents. You can then log out without losing any of your work.

Once I have submitted my application, is there a way that I can check its progress or status?

BusinessCAS will notify you when official transcripts and references are received, if applicable. Then, once you have submitted all materials and the application is complete, you will receive an email invitation to schedule an interview.
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