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How to Apply

Follow this quick and simple overview to apply to the Online MBA or the Online Master of Science in Marketing program. Get started today!

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Start Your Application to the Online MBA

1 Create Your Account
2 Start Your Application
3 Understanding the Requirements
4 Submit Your Application
5 Financial Aid Information

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.

  • To create your Slate account, visit and provide your email address, full name, phone number, and date of birth
  • You will receive a temporary PIN via email—use this to sign into your account for the first time and create a new password
  • Once logged in, select "Start New Application" to get started!

Need to know more?
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Complete the form below to receive additional information about the Online MBA or the Online MS in Marketing, and then click “Create Your Account” to start the application process.

By clicking "Create Your Account,” I agree to provide the contact information listed above for the purpose of receiving communications regarding educational programs and opportunities.

2. Start Your Application

What can I expect when applying?

The application itself should require no more than two hours to complete; you will be asked to provide personal background details including schools previously attended, employment history, and activities and distinctions.

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

Don't forget that you may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver! Online MBA Waiver Details >>
Online MS in Marketing Waiver Details >>

Ready to get started?

Click "Begin Your Application" to get started now, or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information. >> >>
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3. Review Application Requirements

What do I need to submit with my application?

In addition to completing the online application and submitting the $100 application fee (nonrefundable), you will need to provide several support documents. These can be requested and uploaded through the online application portal.

Here’s what you’ll need to upload:

Find more information about application materials:
Online MBA Application Checklist >>
Online MS in Marketing Application Checklist >>

Visit the online application portal to prepare and upload your resume and personal essays, and to request your letters of recommendation.


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4. Submit Your Application

Ready to submit? Here are your final steps.

Congratulations! You’re one step closer to completing your application. Before submitting your final application, select “Review” in the portal and make sure there are no missing information warnings.

Remember: Incomplete or missing information could delay an admissions decision or reduce your likelihood of being accepted.

Make sure to submit your materials before the final application deadline for your preferred cohort. Aim for the priority deadline to give yourself more time to organize finances, manage your schedule, and register for classes.

Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor: >> >>
Schedule a Call >>

2019 Application Deadlines


Application Deadline

September 8
Fall 2019 Term


Next Start

September 23
Fall 2019 Term

Submit Your Application

5. Apply for Financial Aid

Now that your application is submitted, how will you pay for your online 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 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 MS in Marketing Tuition and Financial Aid >>

Lining up your finances?

Start your FAFSA application today, and estimate your full repayment costs with FinAid's easy-to-use calculator!


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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 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) with Assistant Director Amanda Brehm. 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 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 can select “Save for Later” at any point during the application process, which 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?

Yes. After completing your application, the status will change from “Awaiting Submission” to “Awaiting Materials.” Then, once you have submitted all materials and the application is complete, you will receive an email invitation to schedule an interview with Assistant Director Amanda Brehm. At any time, you can log in to your Slate account and check the current status of your application.