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Leavey School of Business – Santa Clara University - Executive MBA

Santa Clara University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Santa Clara University Executive MBA program at Leavey School of Business is generally constructed of mature business professionals, with upwards of 80 percent of enrolled students currently working in Silicon Valley. Classes are held on Friday afternoons and Saturdays every other week. The 20 month program begins in fall only with classes beginning in August.


Executive MBA students complete five terms, each arranged around a shared theme. They also participate in intensive leadership weekends that are scheduled at the start and end of the program. Each term requires the completion of a term project as well as individual casework assignments.

Term 1 (August – December):

Leadership is Everyone’s Business
Strategic Management
Analytical Decisions
Managing Organizations and Teams

Term 2 (January – April):

Economics and Global Business
Financial Accounting
Executive Coaching

Term 3 (May – August):

Marketing Strategy
Managing Operations, Technologies, and Supply Chains
Business Ethics
Alumni Mentor Sessions
International Immersion (August)

Term 4 (September – December):

New Venture Creation
New Product Innovation & Management
Corporate Entrepreneurship

Term 5 (January – March):

Strategy and Business Model Innovation
The Personal Journal for Leaders
Electives (sample electives from over 20 available EMBA
Game Theory and Strategic Behavior
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructuring
Artificial Intelligence
Social Benefit Entrepreneurship

Santa Clara University Executive MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 13

Class Profile

Santa Clara University Executive MBA students at the Leavey School of Business enter the program with an average age of 42 with around 18 years of work experience. The most recent class was made up of 45 percent women, with 44 percent of students born internationally.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for Santa Clara University Executive MBA is currently $111,715 for the 20-month program. This figure includes meals and parking during class terms, books, and costs, excluding airfare, for the international student trip.

Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program and Alternative Education Loans. Private loans may also be available.

Applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships during the admissions process.


Applicants to the EMBA program must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree, as well as at least eight years of full-time work experience.

To apply to the Santa Clara University Executive MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, current résumé and two letters of recommendation. Official GMAT score OR GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $148 application fee. However, the GMAT may be waived on a case-by-case basis. International students from non-native English-speaking countries must provide a recent TOEFL score in order to prove English fluency.

Once the application is submitted, students will be contacted to schedule a mandatory evaluative interview.


Priority Deadline: April 1
Final Deadline: June 1

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