Santa Clara is California's oldest-operating institution of higher education, with more than 150 years of history. Learn more about our illustrious past, dynamic campus, and prominent alumni.


Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum in the arts and sciences, business, and engineering. It has nationally recognized graduate and professional schools in business, law, engineering, pastoral ministries, counseling psychology, education and theology.

The 8,800-student, Jesuit, Catholic university draws on a more than 450-year-tradition of educating the whole person for a life of service and leadership. This diverse community of scholars, characterized by small classes and a values-oriented curriculum, is dedicated to educating students for competence, conscience, and compassion.

Santa Clara University, founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as "Santa Clara College," is California's oldest operating institution of higher learning. It was established on the site of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of the original 21 California missions.

The "college" originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank until 1853. Following the Civil War, enrollment increased and by 1875, the size of the student body was 275. One-third of the students were enrolled in the collegiate division; the remainder attended the college's preparatory and high school departments.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Santa Clara University!


  • ACCESS Card Office:

The ACCESS card is Santa Clara University's identification card and more. Use it as a library card, a meal card, or a debit card on or off-campus, and to enter offices and residence halls

  • Benson Memorial Center:

Located on the west end of campus, Robert F. Benson Memorial Center is the heart of campus life, home to food service venues, conference rooms, and student and administrative offices.

  • Drahmann Advising Center:
Your destination for advising, learning tools, tutoring, disabilities & international student resources. The Drahmann Center is home to undergraduate academic advising, disabled student resources, international student resources and learning resources
  • Counseling and Psychological Services:
To support and enhance the personal, professional, and academic growth of the University community, we provide psychological, educational, and consultative services, which are free and confidential within the limits of California state laws.
  • Cowell Student Health Center:
Students can receive basic health-care services, urgent care, after-hours advice, and medical support.

Student Life

  • Housing and Residence Life Office:
Successful students relate intellectual growth that occurs in the classroom to learning in the residence hall communities, student organizations, volunteer work, and internships.
  • Dining Services:
Eating is a treat on the Santa Clara campus; we offer fair-trade coffee, organic and local ingredients, and menu options for every dietary need at any time of day.
  • Student Organizations:
There are more than 100 official student clubs and groups sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership, for professional, social, athletic, service, and creative interests.
  • Campus Ministry:
Campus Ministry fosters the spiritual lives of students, acknowledging that engagement with faith is integral to developing whole persons inspired to build a more just, humane and sustainable world.


We are accredited through the following associations and boards:

American Psychological Association Provider 1455 Santa Clara University, Center for Professional Development is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider PCE321- Please refer to each course to determine if it meets qualifications.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Santa Clara, California, United States

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