Santa Clara University - Master's Degree

The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its six colleges, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, SCU Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, Jesuit School of Theology, and the School of Law.

  • Average Tuition USD 63,201

School Description

Less than a year after California was granted statehood, Santa Clara College, forerunner of Santa Clara University, was the first to open its doors to students, and thus is considered the state’s oldest operating institution of higher education. Shortly after Santa Clara began instruction, the Methodist-run California Wesleyan College received a charter from the State Superior Court on July 10, 1851—the first granted in California—and it began enrolling students in May of the following year.

Master Programs

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States

    Business Administration

    USD 2,853 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States


    USD 1,614 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States


    USD 2,586 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the solution of practical problems.

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States


    USD 2,853 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States

    Information Systems

    USD 2,853 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. Includes instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States


    USD 3,136 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals for the legal profession, for related support professions and professional legal research, and focus on the study of legal issues in non-professional programs.

  • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States


    USD 18,990 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the beliefs and doctrine of a particular religious faith from the intramural point of view of that faith. Includes instruction in systematic theology, historical theology, moral theology, doctrinal studies, dogmatics, apologetics, and applications to specific questions of ecclesiastical polity and religious life.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.40


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    Established in 1851


    In 1947, Dean Charles J. Dirksen admitted women to the evening undergraduate business school program. (SCU didn't admit women until 1961). When Kenna Hall, a former men's dormitory, was remodeled for the business school in 1967, it cost $863,000.

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          • Testimony
            1991-1995, BS

            I think about my time at Santa Clara often. I didn't know what kind of college experience to expect (who does?). I knew it as a pretty campus with a Jesuit mission and that my uncle had gotten kicked out back in the 1960's for probably having wayyy too much fun. SCU introduced me to the value I now place on: Small class sizes and personal relationships with professors. Social justice (I had no idea what this meant or looked like in practice until seeing the impact that SCCAP has on students and the community). Ethical decision-making (The Markkula Center opened while I was a student and if you want to get students' up a new building and start holding conversations around campus). Lifelong friendships. Self-awareness. The journey of finding your place in the global family (even though I "only" went to DC for a semester, I loved seeing my friends' lives change through study abroad opportunities). Finding calm in the storm of stress at 10pm mass in the Mission--always packed the Sunday before finals started. Developing leaders, one at a time. Mixing good health and good fun (I couldn't compete with the world-class athletes but I always played intramural sports and loved them. SCU is truly felt like a university all about the students. I sat on many committees with peers and alongside faculty leaders. Students were respected and part of refining what a degree from SCU ought to mean. Now, 20 years later...SCU, faculty, staff, current students and all the make me proud!

          • Testimony
            2011-2014, MS-MBA

            Sitting in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara graduate Engineering program draws the best mind and experience in Engineering, Computer Science from the world renown Engineering firms: ATT, Intel, Oracle, EMC, Linkedin, Google, Apple . Santa Clara Graduate Engineering groups foster a supportive programs , introducing interns and connections to Silicon valleys greatest projects in Google, Apple, Ebay, Cisco, Samsung etc..., fostering anon-stop renaissance of innovation and entrepreneurship at the highest caliber.

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            1964-1968, BS

            Santa Clara provided for my entire family a truly challenging educational experience set with the context of living a Christian life. Learning in small classrooms environments, interacting with highly accredited educators, skills, intellect , reasoning and analytical tools were all keenly developed in classrooms set on a truly warm and visually spectacular campus. A sense of community was always present, a tradition of values, morals , and ethical goals always present.