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Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business Part Time MBA

Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business appeals to bright, ambitious individuals who want their education to have direct application to their careers as well as prepare them for future achievement. Reflecting the immediacy, influence, and practicality of our Silicon Valley home, students learn to combine theory with practice, and build prosperity with principles. Shaped by our excellent academic environment, our emphasis on collaborative practice, and our exploration of business ethics, Leavey School alumni approach challenges with ingenuity and discipline, ready to take on any opportunity that arises.

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Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 30

Program Information

Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business Says

Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business appeals to bright, ambitious individuals who want their education to have direct application to their careers as well as prepare them for future achievement. Reflecting the immediacy, influence, and practicality of our Silicon Valley home, students learn to combine theory with practice, and build prosperity with principles. Shaped by our excellent academic environment, our emphasis on collaborative practice, and our exploration of business ethics, Leavey School alumni approach challenges with ingenuity and discipline, ready to take on any opportunity that arises.

Specializations Offered: Agribusiness, Business Analytics, Data Science, Decision Science, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Innovation Management, Supply Chain Management, Technology
Degrees Awarded: Evening MBA.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#55 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#23 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 73% accepted out of 288 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.25
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 597
  • Average Years Work Experience: 6
  • Out of State Application Fee: $100
  • In State Application Fee: $100

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Information

Applicants to Leavey MBA programs at SCU must provide the Admissions Office with all of the following: Official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work; official GMAT score reports reflecting scores no more than five years old; a completed application and a copy of the same; two letters of recommendation from individuals "who can speak dire...Applicants to Leavey MBA programs at SCU must provide the Admissions Office with all of the following: Official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work; official GMAT score reports reflecting scores no more than five years old; a completed application and a copy of the same; two letters of recommendation from individuals "who can speak directly to your professional strengths and areas of growth;" and personal essays. A third essay is optional, and candidates will be contacted for interviews once all application materials are submitted. Candidates whose first language is not English must also submit official score reports for the TOEFL (minimum required score: 600 paper-based test, 100 on the new IBT test). Work experience is not a prerequisite to admission, although a minimum of two years of experience is recommended; on average, admitted students have between five and seven years of post-undergraduate professional experience.

The Princeton Review

Important Dates

Round 1
January

20

Deadline
March

1

Start
Round 2
June

1

Deadline
September

17

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 792
Percent International Students 22%
Total Full-Time Faculty 95
Full-Time Faculty 70%

Student Life

MBAs report that SCU “provides a safe, clean study environment coupled with a very caring and personal staff. The school really treats students as ‘customers’ and caters to their needs, offering extended library hours during exams. The staff wants the students to succeed.” Part-time students appreciate that “the schedule is really terrific and works for working folks as well as commuters.” In addition, the school opened a new facility in 2008. SCU’s “gorgeous and safe campus” offers a number of top amenities, including “a state-of­the-art gym and pool, great recreation areas, and a late-night venue called The Bronco with a pool table, a large television, and several couches.” Also available are campus-wide wire­less access, breakout rooms for private meetings/study, and case-style and collaborative classrooms. Although most students are part-time with numerous other commitments out­side school, MBAs here do occasionally socialize. “It’s easy to spot people you know every­where; unfamiliar faces never stay that way.” Another student points out that “life at school can be great for those who do the work to get involved. It can be a commuter school if that is all a student wants to get out of it. But there is always something social to do on the weekends, either sponsored by the school or just going out with other MBA students.” “Many students here have jobs,” which “provides the best opportunity for networking and recruiting after graduation, as you have gained so many resources at numerous organizations,” students tell us. MBAs range from the mid 20s to the mid 40s. Their “back­grounds are extremely diverse; they come from such areas as financial services, banking, semiconductors, software, technology management, finance, and human resources, to name a few.” Engineers from the Silicon Valley are the single most visible contingent.

Career

Students appreciate the “great Bay-Area network” connected to SCU. MBAs benefit from “a terrific level of interaction with leaders and innovators in Silicon Valley.” The Graduate Business Career Management Office capitalizes on these connections to help students procure internships. “The quarter system allows for some interesting internship opportunities in the area because local employers know some students can be available part-time or full-time for a quarter or two,” explains one student. Though the Office does offer recruitment events, individual consulting services, and workshops exploring top­ics—such as personal branding and business etiquette—students feel the service isn’t all it could be. As one observes, “Since most students are working, there are limited resources devoted to the internship/career placement program. Also, SCU does not do enough promotion of the program out in the business community. Its reputation is only good regionally, despite its high ranking as a part-time business program.” However, many changes have been implemented in career management in the past few years. Employers of graduates are Cisco, Deloitte & Touche, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, VMWare, and Intel.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University combines “Jesuit values, prima­rily in the quality of education and the emphasis on high integrity,” with a Silicon Valley location that draws “the cream of the crop to the faculty, such as the former 3Com CEO.” The result is a unique MBA program—available in either an evening, accelerated, or Executive MBA format—that “caters to part-time students,” but also has plenty to offer full-timers, all within the confines of an “environment that is very supportive.” Depending on the MBA track, classes are either offered in cohort or regular class format and on evenings or weekends, which allows students to maintain their current positions in the workplace.Customer service is the name of the game at Leavey, where administrators “do every­thing they can to keep up with the changing trends in business and business schools.” For example, recently they introduced international exposure for the student (required for those in the Accelerated MBA program). Every summer, one or two student groups visit another country to meet with business leaders and financial institutions to under­stand how business is done in that country. Students recently went to China, and next year will visit places such as Brazil and Germany. Professors all “know the subject of their teachings and are very professional” and take a similar student-first approach as the administration. They are “eager to help students in the classroom and to introduce them to colleagues for future employment opportunities. They are always available for person­al/professional consultation.”Leavey’s curriculum employs “a great case-study approach” that “is structured to max­imize teamwork abilities.” Students find this pedagogical approach immediately appli­cable to their professional lives. MBAs also “love the ‘experimental’ classes that students can choose as electives, such as Spirituality and Leadership, which really gets you to focus on your inner self and become a better, less stressed person.” Students tell us the school excels in accounting, general management, and marketing. Asked where the school should improve, one student comments, “For some reason, the school is not as well-recognized as other schools in the area, namely Stanford and Berkeley. I think the school will stand to gain if marketed better.” Another adds, “I wanted something that was going to challenge me as well as help me get a jump start in the business world. As of so far, the business school has surpassed all expectations.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Markula Center for Ethics Center for Science, Technology, and Society

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.scu.edu/studentlife/iss/

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Markula Center for Ethics Center for Science, Technology, and Society

  • Study Abroad:

    China Germany Chili Brazil

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.scunetworks-wib.org/

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