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Darla Moore School of Business


MBA Admissions

MBA programs start in early July of each year (Summer II term). We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible and to stay informed of our application deadlines.

Admissions Process and Notifications

Admissions Application

Applicants must submit an online application. A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required. Payment is only available online via electronic check or credit card. Details are available within the online application for admission.

Applicants who meet specific criteria are eligible for a waiver of their application fee [pdf]. Review the provided list of eligible criteria and the corresponding procedure for more information.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents must be received in order for the Admissions Committee to start the application review process. This includes all transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA (if applicable). Unofficial documents and score reports may be uploaded for admissions consideration.

Admissions Interview and Notification

Interviews are by invitation only and could be conducted in person at the Moore School or via Skype. Once the interview is complete, the application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for an admissions decision. Applicants will be notified via email of their admissions status.

Scholarship Award Notification

Admitted students will be notified of any financial award offered by the Moore School. For a list of the different options available, visit the Financing Your Education webpage. To assist in determining eligibility for scholarships, all admitted students are asked to complete a Supplemental Fellowship Form which is sent via email following admissions notification.

All applications which comply with each particular scholarship's requirements are automatically considered. In some instances, scholarships will require an additional interview, and the admitted applicant will be notified via email if they are selected as a candidate. Notifications for all scholarship awards are sent via email to the account specified on the application.

Enrollment Deposit

Information regarding the deadline to pay the non-refundable $1,000.00 enrollment deposit is stated in the Award Notification letter. Payment may be made via credit card, wire transfer or check/money order.

Admission Criteria

General Information, Resume and Essays

General Information: The admissions application asks for general personal and contact information, academic and employment information, and information related to an applicant’s participation in certain organizations (i.e. U.S. Armed Forces). Although not all information is required, we encourage you to provide as much information as possible
as some of the data is relevant to certain fellowship opportunities (i.e. Peace Corps Fellows).

Professional Work Experience: A candidate's work experience is thoroughly evaluated as it is often a valid predictor of not only a candidate's academic success in the program, but also his or her success from a career perspective. Therefore, it is required that candidates have at least two or more years of full-time, post-bachelor, professional work experience by the time they start the program. The applicant is required to include a resume as part of the online application.

Essays: The application also asks for a Statement of Purpose (maximum of 500 words) that should outline why you want to earn the MBA degree. Additionally, there is a short essay question to answer. You may also add a personal essay (Optional Essay section) should you want to share additional information for the admission committee to review.

Transcripts

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MBA program. A degree in business is not required. Applicants from any major are encouraged to apply as we value diversity within our cohorts. Admitted applicants with degrees from U.S. institutions typically have undergraduate GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. Applicants with under a 3.0 GPA from a U.S. institution can still be considered for admissions into the program.

Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business as part of the admissions process. This includes graduate level credit (if applicable) and any credit received from an institution in which you did not graduate (i.e. transfer credit). These documents must be sent to the Moore School's Graduate Division in a sealed envelope from the respective institution. The Moore School has access to transcripts of USC graduates, and no further action is required if the University of South Carolina was the last school you attended.

Please send all transcripts to:

Darla Moore School of Business
Graduate Division-Director of Admissions
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA
 
E-transcripts are also accepted for admissions consideration if sent directly from the respective institution. These should be sent to Graduate Admissions Director Scott King.

Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT or GRE)

Applicants are required provide a valid (five years or less) admissions test. The applicant may provide either of the following options:

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): The GMAT is composed of verbal, quantitative, written and analytical sections. The current GMAT average for the MBA program is a 645, with most admitted applicants scoring in the 600-700 range. The expected GMAT average for the International MBA program is between 650 and 720. You may learn more about the GMAT and register for the test on the Graduate Management Admission Council website. If you have taken the test more than once, the admissions committee will only take into consideration your highest overall score. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's IMBA program is: JV2-TP-84.

GRE General Test (GRE): The GRE is composed of verbal, quantitative and analytical sections. The expected GRE average for the MBA program is between 310-315 (maximum score possible is 340) for tests taken after August 1, 2011. The expected GRE average for the International MBA program is between 315 and 325 (maximum score possible is 340) for tests taken after August 1, 2011.

You may learn more about the test on the GRE website. If you have taken the test more than once, the admissions committee will only take into consideration your highest overall score. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's International MBA program is: 5818.

The International MBA admissions committee does not have a preference in regards to the GMAT or GRE for admissions consideration.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for your application. It is acceptable to have either professional or academic letters of recommendation; however, we encourage candidates to submit recent professional letters of reference when possible. Professional references could be written by a supervisor, colleague or client who has had significant interaction with you in a professional capacity.

We encourage recommenders to submit their letters through the online application system. During the application process, the applicant is able to send an electronic request to the designated recommender. The recommender is then able to complete the review within the online system or upload a saved document.

If necessary, the applicant or the recommender may send completed letters in a sealed envelope to:

Darla Moore School of Business
Graduate Division
Director of Admissions
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA

English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic)

International applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must also submit a valid test score (two years old or less) demonstrating their command of the English language. The applicant may provide either of the following test options:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL is composed of listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. The minimum score is 95 in the iBT (internet-based test) format. You may learn more about the test on the TOEFL website. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's International MBA program is: 5818.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The IELTS is composed of listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. The minimum score is 7.0 in the academic format. You may learn more about the test on the IELTS website. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): The PTE Academic is composed of speaking, writing, reading and listening sections. The minimum score is a 68. You may learn more about the test on the PTE Academic website. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

The International MBA admissions committee does not have a preference in regards to the TOEFL, IELTS or PTEA for admissions consideration.

Admission Deadlines

Admission into the one-year MBA is highly competitive. The admissions committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing each application. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible when submitting their application.

MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2017

Round Completed Application
Received By*
Admissions Notification
Made By
 Priority  Oct. 15  Dec. 1
 Round I  Dec. 1  Feb. 1
 Round II  Jan. 15  March 1
 Round III  March 1  April 1 
 Round IV  April 15   May 15 
 Rolling Admissions  After April 15   

*Completed application consists of a submitted application with essays and application fee, GMAT or GRE scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic (if applicable).

We encourage international applicants to submit their applications no later than March 1, 2017.