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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline for the Online MBA program?

The Online MBA program operates in quarters, and students may be admitted for winter, spring, summer, and fall starts. Our current application deadlines are:

  • Winter 2019
    Priority Deadline: Nov. 19, 2018
    Final Deadline: Dec. 10, 2018
    Class Start: Jan. 7, 2019
    Intensive Weekend: Jan. 4-6, 2019

  • Spring 2019
    Priority Deadline: Feb. 11, 2019
    Final Deadline: March 4, 2019
    Class Start: April 1, 2019
    Intensive Weekend: March 29-31, 2019

  • Summer 2019
    Priority Deadline: April 22, 2019
    Final Deadline: May 13, 2019
    Class Start: June 17, 2019
    Intensive Weekend: June 7-9, 2019

  • Fall 2019
    Priority Deadline: July 22, 2019
    Final Deadline: Aug. 12, 2019
    Class Start: Sept. 23, 2019
    Intensive Weekend: Sept. 6-8, 2019
Is the GMAT/GRE required before I apply to the program?

The GMAT or GRE is a required component of our Online MBA application. However, a waiver is available for qualified applicants and can be requested by contacting an Admissions Advisor at 844-554-2425. 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?

An admission interview is required, and you will be contacted to schedule one once your application materials have been received. Because applicants to our Online MBA program are located across the country, we do not require that interviews be conducted in person; interviews may be conducted via the web-based video conferencing application Zoom or by telephone if you are not local to the Bay Area.

Do you offer conditional acceptance?

We do not offer conditional acceptance under any circumstances.

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

A completed application includes:

An application will not go into final review with the Admissions Committee until all admissions materials are submitted through the online application portal.

Please note that hard-copy official transcripts should not be sent directly to the university. Electronic official transcripts should be uploaded through the online application portal.

*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?

While the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is often considered the standard entrance exam used for business schools, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) 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.

I have little professional work experience. Am I eligible to apply to Santa Clara's Online MBA program?

We prefer applicants to have at least three years of professional work experience. However applications are evaluated holistically, and all interested students with a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply.

What is the difference between the on-campus MBA program and the Online MBA?

The Online MBA program features a unique Silicon Valley Professional (SVP) dashboard, which is designed to help students monitor their development in four domains of expertise, facilitate self-reflection of individual strengths and weaknesses, and track their participation in eight required co-curricular activities. Students can also use the dashboard to solicit feedback from faculty and peers, and comments provided are automatically archived within the dashboard for future reference.

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” Master of Business Administration?

No. Your Santa Clara University diploma will specify that you have completed a Master of Business Administration. There will be no indication that you completed the degree program online.

Is there an international immersion experience?

While the Online MBA program does not offer an international immersion experience, ongoing opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, professional development events, and regional company tours are available to all students.

What networking opportunities are available to Online MBA students?

Santa Clara’s Online MBA program provides extensive opportunity for students to network with each other, faculty, Silicon Valley-area professionals, and program alumni. These opportunities include quarterly company tours, case study competitions, student clubs, and more. “Leavey News & Notes,” which is a monthly newsletter distributed to all Santa Clara MBA students, provides an overview of upcoming events, specialty courses, company visits, and student development organizations.

To learn more about networking opportunities associated with our Online MBA program and to download the “Leavey News & Notes” newsletter, please visit the networking page here.

What are the demographics of current Online MBA students?

According to data sourced directly from our current online student population, our Online MBA program includes the following demographics:

  • 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 intensives take place?

The first three-day intensive will take place immediately before you begin your first course, and the second will take place during your final quarter.

Learn more about the intensive weekends here.

What kind of weekly time commitment does this program require?

The Online MBA program is considered a part-time program and thus requires approximately 20 hours of work per week, which includes time spent with lectures, research, and coursework.

Is it possible to complete this program while also working a full-time job?

The Online MBA program has been designed with working professionals in mind. Course content is delivered asynchronously, which allows you to log in, view lectures and assignments, and submit required work as your schedule allows.

Approximately how many courses should I expect to complete each year?

Online MBA courses at Santa Clara include a combination of 4-unit, 10-week courses and consecutively taught 2-unit, 5-week courses. Students should expect to complete 12 units in their first quarter and 8-10 units in each quarter thereafter.

View the complete list of course descriptions here.

If coursework is delivered asynchronously, how will I interact with my cohort peers?

Leveraging key features in the online learning management system, students in the Online MBA program can expect to collaborate and converse with their cohort peers primarily through video conferencing, live chat, discussion boards, and email messages related to course assignments. Similarly, faculty will communicate with students through these same venues, with scheduled phone conversations available upon request.

In addition to these ongoing interactions, students will have the opportunity to interface with their cohort peers during the two on-campus intensive weekends. Students who reside in or are visiting the Bay Area will also have the opportunity to participate in company tours, which are hosted by their cohort peers and available exclusively to Online MBA students.

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Next Start

June 17
Summer 2019 Term


Priority Application Deadline

July 22
Fall 2019 Term


Application Deadline

August 12
Fall 2019 Term