MBA Admissions Requirements for the Leavey School of Business

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $148 (non-refundable)
    • This fee will be waived for SCU students and alumni who apply in the SCU Alumni Pathway, as well as veterans and active-duty military.
  • GMAT/GRE scores (a waiver is available for qualifying applicants)
  • A 4-year bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate degree(s) and any post-baccalaureate work.* Santa Clara University strongly prefers electronic official transcripts, which may be delivered by your institution to If necessary, hard copies of transcripts should be addressed to:

    Graduate Business Admissions
    Lucas Hall Suite 116500
    El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053

  • Personal statement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 or more years of professional work experience
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English (even if the applicant is a U.S. citizen) or if their degree was not awarded by a U.S. university/college
  • Personal admission interview
    • Qualified applicants will be invited to schedule a personal admission interview. Interviews can be conducted in person at Santa Clara University, via Zoom, or by telephone

*This includes extension programs and an evaluation from a NACES-accredited organization such as WES.

Alumni Expedited Pathway to Online MBA Admission

The Leavey School of Business is proud to offer a preferred and expedited admissions pathway to alumni who qualify. Students who have graduated from the Leavey School of Business with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher or SCU alumni who have earned a STEM degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be waived of the GMAT/GRE requirement for the Online MBA and fast-tracked through the admissions process. Request your interview today and become a Double Bronco!

Application requirements for the alumni expedited pathway are as follows:

  • Completed online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or more years of professional work experience
  • Personal admission interview

GMAT/GRE scores, official transcripts, letters of recommendations, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and the $148 application fee are not required for expedited alumni applicants!

Steps to Apply

TaskDayLength of Time
Complete GMAT/GRE waiver request130 min
Create BusinessCAS account15 min
Receive GMAT/GRE waiver results310 min
Request transcripts320 min
Upload resume310 min
Enter recommenders in BusinessCAS310 min
Compose essays32 days
Upload essays510 min
Pay application fee55 min
Interviewvaries30 min

For more information, contact an Admissions Advisor at 844-554-2425.

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From Our Students

I decided to attend Santa Clara University because of its focus on educating the whole person. The world is in need of value-centric leaders to make a positive difference in the world.
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Admissions Deadlines

Priority Deadline
November 14
Winter 2022 Term
Application Deadline
December 8
Winter 2022 Term
Next Start
January 3
Winter 2022 Term
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