Santa Clara University – Leavey School of Business

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The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University is located in Santa Clara, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The school offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs, including a full-time MBA program, an Executive MBA program, an Online MBA program, and several specialized master’s programs.

The full-time MBA program is designed to be completed in two years and offers a range of concentrations, including Finance, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. The program features a rigorous curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and a strong focus on ethical leadership.

The Executive MBA program is a part-time program designed for working professionals, and it can be completed in as little as 20 months. The program offers a blend of online coursework and in-person classes held every other weekend. Students can choose from several concentrations, including Leading Innovative Organizations, Business Analytics, and Leading People and Organizations.

The Online MBA program is designed for working professionals who want to earn an MBA degree while maintaining their current work and personal obligations. The program offers the same curriculum as the full-time MBA program, but it is delivered in a flexible online format. Students can complete the program in as little as two years or take up to six years to finish.

The specialized master’s programs offered by the Leavey School of Business include a Master of Science in Business Analytics, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Science in Marketing. These programs are designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific business discipline.

The tuition for the full-time MBA program at the Leavey School of Business is $77,560 for the entire program. The tuition for the Executive MBA program and the specialized master’s programs varies. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available to help students offset the cost of tuition.

About Leavey MBA

• 2-year program

• Convenient class times for busy professionals

There’s no shortcut to success

Our graduate programs offer the boost you need.

Evening MBA. When we say Northern California innovation walks through our doors after hours, we mean it. Working professionals are attending our evening MBA program and earning degrees in two years. It’s a part-time program that harnesses the influence of global business models to deliver an exceptional education based on real-world applications. Our MBA gives you unprecedented access to a rich network of peers, professionals, and professors in leadership roles. They are today’s entrepreneurial vanguard who work in some of the world’s most innovative companies.

Program Overview

• Program duration: Two years, from full-time to part-time.

• Time/schedule: Evening classes meet twice per week.

• Course delivery: Core courses are cohort style; elective courses are flexible.


Silicon Valley walks through our door at 5:00pm.

Here you’ll be surrounded by and learn from perhaps the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem. You’ll be exposed to topics ranging from apparel to analytics. Economics to entertainment. And fabrication to finance.

Apply what you learn in real time

Learn a new concept tonight and use it in your staff meeting tomorrow morning — because Santa Clara excels at bringing theory to life.


Evening classes designed for your busy schedule, with support services like cafe dining, peer advising, and late office hours for the working professional in mind.

Stay Connected

More than 25,000 Santa Clara business alumni are found in every leading corporation in Silicon Valley, around the Bay Area, and across the globe.


Prospective Students


What is the application deadline for the MBA program?

We admit students to the Evening MBA in two quarters, Fall and Spring with the following application deadlines:

Fall Quarter 

April 1 for Scholarship Consideration
June 1 Final Deadline

Spring Quarter

January 20

Is GMAT/GRE required before I apply to the program?

The GMAT or GRE is a required component for our graduate business applications. However, waivers are available for qualified applicants. 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.

What can you tell me about the GMAT and the GRE and is one weighed more heavily than the other?

While the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) has been the standard exam used for business schools, the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is also accepted. We do not prefer one exam over the other.

Scores from either test are valid for five (5) years. Applicants are welcome to take either exam more than once; we will only consider the highest score.

Am I required to come to campus for an interview?

Interviews are required, and you will be contacted regarding scheduling once your application is complete. Non-local candidates have the option of a virtual interview if he or she is unable to come to campus in person.

I have little work experience. Am I eligible to apply to Santa Clara’s MBA programs?

We prefer applicants have at least three years of work experience, however applications are evaluated holistically. Applicants with less than three years of work experience would be advised to present strong academics and test scores. All interested students with a Bachelor’s Degree are eligible to apply.

Do you offer conditional acceptance?

We do not offer conditional acceptance under any circumstances.

What is a completed application and do I need to have all my documents together before sending them to Santa Clara University?

A completed application includes:

  • Online application form complete with resume and essay question responses. Please visit the online application web page here »
  • Online application fee of $100 paid by credit card
  • 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 (GRE Reference Institution Code: 4851; GMAT Reference Institution Code: BV3-WB51).
    *waivers available for qualified applicants.
  • Official Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) / International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score is required, if your first language is not English. (TOEFL Reference Institution Code: 4851, Department Code: 02)
  • Scanned official transcripts from each college / university-level institution attended, including extension programs, and the WES ICAP (World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package) is required in place of official transcripts for international institutions.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty, managers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work. Downloadable forms provided in the online application.

An application will not go into final review with the Admissions Committee until all admissions materials are received. You are welcome to drop materials off at our office in Lucas Hall, Suite 116, or mail them to the Graduate Business Admissions office. Official transcripts can be emailed to [email protected] or postal mailed to:

Graduate Business Admissions
Leavey School of Business
Lucas Hall Suite 116
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Call 408-554-4539
Email [email protected]

* We can use your unofficial GMAT or GRE scores and unofficial/in-progress transcripts for admissions purposes, however official documents are required should you decide to enroll in our program.

Where are the classes held?

Most of our Graduate Business classes are held in Lucas Hall, home of the Leavey School of Business on the Santa Clara University campus; some classes may be held in other buildings on campus.

What does an Evening MBA Class Profile look and where they mostly work?

Women : 42%
Average age : 
Student body born outside the U.S. : 
Average undergraduate GPA  3.4
% holding an additional graduate degree  30%
Average GMAT  610
Average GRE  313
Average work experience at program entry : 8 years
% employed at time of admission : 90%
Employers at time of admission : Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, GAP, Google, Kaiser Permanente, LinkedIn, Salesforce

What do I need to know about the Evening MBA?


  • Exciting new part-time program
  • Evening classes
  • Program starts in Fall and Spring
  • Minimum 2 years to complete 70 units
  • Open to US citizens, permanent residents, international candidates

Data after MBA

  • 60% reported an increase in income.
  • 60% reported an improvement (increase in title) in current company
  • 65% of eligible students received more than one internship offer
  • 80% were employed or started their own business at graduation
How much does the Evening MBA program cost? Can I expect financial aid?


  • $1,108/unit (2018-19 tuition)
  • 70 units to complete degree (approximately $77,560)
  • For details on payment options and schedules, visit the Bursar’s website here  »

Financial Aid

Federal and Private Loans

The University Financial Aid Office can help in locating and applying for these types of aid. You may visit the staff in Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building; call (408) 551-1000, or email [email protected].


All applicants to the MBA and MS programs are considered for scholarships, which are merit based. Awards are based on professional accomplishments and outstanding scholarship as demonstrated in collegiate transcripts, GMAT or GRE score and recent coursework. The Graduate Business Office does not award need-based scholarships.

What are the prerequisites for the Evening MBA program at Santa Clara University?

Before you apply

  • You must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent four-year baccalaureate degree approved by your home country’s Ministry of Education
  • You must satisfy any pre-program competencies for your degree program (none for the MBA program)
  • You must have three or more years of work experience
What happens after submitting the online application for the Evening MBA program?

After Submitting the Online Application

Once a completed application is submitted, qualified applicants will receive an invitation to schedule an on-campus admission interview. Applicants from outside the immediate area will be given the option of a video interview.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability as indicated by college records and GMAT/GRE, demonstrated career vision, personal and professional recommendations, and motivations to complete a demanding academic program.

Admissions decisions are made within two to three (2-3) weeks after the final admissions interview.

A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure a position in the MBA program.

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  • Elie Massabki

    Rating: 5 / 5

    If you are in high tech and want to stay in high tech, the Santa Clara MBA is one of the best programs you can pursue, especially the part-time MBA program where the vast majority of the students are already in the field and you can learn a lot both from the teachers and your peers.

  • Jeff Gruszynski

    Rating: 5 / 5

    I found it valuable. I enjoyed it.

    I generally recommend you work in industry for 5-10 years before you do an MBA. An MBA program is NOT a cookbook degree. Much of what you learn has very specific application rather than general application and you have to have some common sense to know when to use what. The worst of “MBA evil” comes from imagining it’s a cookbook.

  • Brian Lauth

    Rating: 5 / 5

    If you want to live and work in Santa Clara County, an MBA from SCU will get you connected to and networked with all the mover and shakers in the area.

  • Jonah Leon

    Rating: 5 / 5

    I did my MBA at Santa Clara University from 2008-2010. Is it as good of a school as Stanford University? Rankings will tell you the answer to that. I will say I loved my experience at SCU.

    What I loved:

    I made good friends and learned a lot from my classmates.

    I learned a tremendous amount in a variety of subjects.

    I always felt safe on campus.

    It’s a beautiful campus (like a mini Stanford.

    Great library.

    Great B-school building, brand new at the time I was there.

    Great place to have your wedding ceremony after you graduate.

    Great Silicon Valley location (near Levi Stadium, Earthquakes Stadium, SJC, and public transportation (although I always drove).

    **I picked my professors based on prior reviews (websites and SCU forums) and because of that never had a bad one. Some had tremendous real world business and executive experiences.

    Hope this helps.

  • Kevin Morris

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Tremendous school with a great location in the Bay Area. Did my MBA there (Class of 2006) – always impressed with the professors and caliber of my classmates. Highly recommended.

  • Guy

    Rating: 1 / 5

    Unethical and sleazy lecturer Michael Aquilina extorts students to pay him if they want better grades. Greedy slim ball that should not be teaching. He would not grade fairly and actually stayed posting on students employers bad reviews while demanding to be paid to have the reviews taken down.

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