Overview

Applicants
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.29
Years Work Experience
7
Average Age
31

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
-
GPA
-

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
April 1

Regular Application Deadline
June 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
April 1

Round 2
June 1

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
108

62
Part-time
38
Full-time
21.3
Female
2.7
Minority


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, the programs include opportunities for international exposure for the student. 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 Vietnam and Chile. 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."


Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL


Entreprenuership


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview


Students Say

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.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$4,600

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
28%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
37%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Fees (In-State)
$150
Fees (Out-State)
$150

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,068
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,068

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
400
Part Time
85%


Demographics


Campus Life

Students Say

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."

SCU's "gorgeous and safe campus" offers a number of top amenities, including "a state- of-the-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 collabora- tive 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 "provide 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-twenties to the mid-forties. Their "backgrounds are extremely diverse; they come from such areas as financial ser- vices, banking, semiconductors, software, technology management, finance, and human resources, to name a few." Engineers from the Silicon Valley are the single most visible contingent.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kyle Sanford
Director, Graduate Business Admissions

Address
109 Lucas Hall
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0001
United States

Phone
408-554-4539

Fax
408-544-4571

Email
gradbusiness@scu.edu


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