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Prospective Students Information

Let us help you take the next step.


Meet with us, visit a class, hear our alumni stories—as you consider the Executive MBA program that connects best to Silicon Valley. Take a few more steps toward becoming an Executive MBA from Santa Clara University.

Please call us at (408-554-4539), schedule an Advising Appointment, or send us a quick email at if you need more information.


20 Month Program: August 2020 - March 2022
Classes meet every other weekend
Fridays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 8:45am - 5pm
Cohort size of 25- 30 students

Download the Application Checklist

Online application
Application fee of $148 (non-refundable)
GMAT/GRE scores (a waiver is available for qualifying applicants)
A 4-year bachelor's degree
Official transcripts from all colleges and/or university-level institutions attended*
Personal statement
2 letters of recommendation
8 or more years of professional work experience
Personal admission interview

*This includes extension programs and an evaluation from WES for degrees earned outside of the US.

We admit students to the Executive MBA in Fall only with the following application deadlines:

April 1 Priorty Deadline
June 1 Final Deadline (applications will be accepted until June 21st as space permits)

Students are admitted on a rolling basis.

$111,235 (2020-21 tuition)
Inclusive of tuition, books, meals and parking during academic terms, international in-country travel, and accommodations for a mandatory international trip

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

All applicants to the Executive MBA program are considered for scholarships, which are merit-based. Awards are based on professional accomplishments and outstanding scholarship as demonstrated in collegiate transcripts, test scores, and recent coursework. The Graduate Business Office does not award need-based scholarships.

Fall 2019 Incoming Class Demographics

Average age : 41
Average work experience : 16 years
Employed at time of admission : 100%
42% women 
Prominent employers: NetApp, Facebook, Adobe Systems, Splunk, Cisco Systems, Xilinx, Visa, Nvidia, Western Digital
Typical job titles: CEO, Senior Program Manager, Senior Director of Marketing, VP of Sales, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Senior Global Director of Sales Engineering
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EMBA Application FAQs

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!

Ready to get started?

Click "Begin Your Application" to get started now, or contact us at for more information.

Applicants may apply to have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived by submitting the GMAT/GRE Waiver Form.  Waivers are granted based on academic background in a quantitative field and work experience.

*In lieu of the GMAT/GRE, candidates are encouraged to take the Executive Assessment. The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting GMAT and GRE scores are also accepted.

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.

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.  Official transcripts or WES Evaluation should be sent directly to BusinessCAS as instructed in the application, not to Santa Clara University. Applicants with a Master's or Bachelor's from the US are not required to complete a WES evaluation.

We do not offer conditional acceptance under any circumstances.

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 one to three (1-3) weeks after the final admissions interview.

Once admitted, a $1500 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure a position in the MBA program.

Your Executive MBA classes are held in Lucas Hall, home to the Leavey School of Business, in the executive classrooms on the first floor.