SCU Admissions Requirements for the Online MLS
The time is now to embark on a cutting-edge and well-networked learning experience that could transform your work in compliance. The Online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) in Corporate Compliance from Santa Clara University School of Law blends theory with practice inside an immersive digital classroom, where you and your cohort peers will navigate skills-based exercises that foster collaboration and elevate your understanding of compliance, risk, and liability.
In this 12 month program, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from Santa Clara Law’s deeply integrated Silicon Valley network of compliance leaders and business pioneers, and apply what you learn today in the office tomorrow. Ready to apply? Review our step-by-step How to Apply guide for detailed information on submissing your application.
Santa Clara University is not authorized to offer online programs to residents of all states. We therefore may accept applications and enroll students into online programs only from states where we have obtained the required authorization or are exempt from such authorization requirements. For additional information, please consult the Online Education Information for Students page.
SCU Admissions Requirements
Students who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university are eligible to apply to the Online MLS in Corporate Compliance program. At the time of application, please be prepared to submit the following:
- Completed application
- Two letters of recommendation
- Three guided short essays (4-5 paragraphs is the recommended length)
- GMAT or GRE scores sent directly to the institution from test center (waivers available for qualified applicants)
- Official transcripts*
- TOEFL scores must be submitted directly to Santa Clara Law from an official testing center for all applicants whose first language is not English
- $75 non refundable application fee**
*Electronic official transcripts should be delivered directly by your institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. If necessary, hard copies of official transcripts should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the address below. Note that in order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be emailed or mailed directly from the issuing institution to Santa Clara University at the address below:
Santa Clara University School of Law
Online Legal Programs
Charney Hall, Suite 313
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Unofficial transcript option: To expedite the processing of your application, you can submit unofficial transcripts with the rest of your application materials and request official transcripts to be sent to us from your undergraduate and graduate institution(s) after receiving an admissions decision.
International applicants: Applicants with a degree from outside the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). We require course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency evaluation.
**This fee will be waived for all applicants for the fall 2020 term!
GMAT/GRE Waiver Requirements
To qualify for a GMAT or GRE waiver, applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Two or more years of full-time, postbaccalaureate professional work experience, OR
- A master’s degree, doctorate, or professional degree (J.D., M.D.) from an accredited institution, OR
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
In addition to satisfying one or more of the above requirements, applicants with a foreign degree are also required to submit an evaluation from World Education Services.
The GMAT/GRE waiver application is part of the program application. A representative from SCU will notify you directly regarding a decision.
Much like contemporary compliance initiatives, completing an application to graduate school is a multi-step process that requires time, patience, and consistent attention to detail. With this in mind, Santa Clara Law offers multiple deadlines during each application cycle that allow you more time to fully prepare documentation, submit recommendation requests, complete financial aid processing, and more.
If you have questions about what is required for the application process, please see our Admissions FAQ.