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Darla Moore School of Business


Admission Requirements

The Professional MBA program is designed for working professionals with at least two years of full-time work experience. Applications are accepted year-round for entry into the January and August terms.

Admissions Criteria

Professional Work Experience

Professional MBA students' work experience, industry knowledge and management skills are an important part of the learning experience. The ability to contribute real-world experiences and situations adds value to the classroom discussion. Applicants should have at least two years of full-time, post-bachelor, professional work experience.  

Submitted resumes should be accomplishment based and include job responsibilities (current and past positions) that specifically demonstrate applied quantitative and analytical skills. Candidates are also encouraged to highlight leadership and management experience.

Transcripts

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the Professional MBA program. A degree in business is not required. Applicants from any major are encouraged to apply.

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).

You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to expedite the review of your admission application. If you are admitted, you will be required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended to finalize the admission process. These documents must be sent to the Moore School's Graduate Admissions 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 Admissions
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA

If your college or university offers PDF delivery of transcripts, the PDF should be sent to Scott King, director of admissions for graduate programs. Transcripts sent to individuals, other than the director of admissions, may not be considered official.

Scott King, Director of Admissions
scott.king@moore.sc.edu
803-777-6749

GMAT/GRE Scores

Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score to be considered for admission to the Professional MBA program. The GMAT and GRE are composed of verbal, quantitative and analytical sections. The GMAT institutional/program code for the Moore School is JV2-TP-50. The GRE code for USC is 5818.

GMAT/GRE test waivers are considered for applicants with at least seven years of significant, progressive management experience and a good academic undergraduate record OR another graduate degree and at least two years of work experience. To be considered for a test waiver, write an essay in response to the test waiver question in the Professional MBA questionnaire portion of the admission application OR access the Professional MBA Test Waiver Request, complete it and upload it to your application prior to submitting the application.

If you are requesting a test waiver based on work experience, you should include detailed information about your professional accomplishments such as projects managed, promotions and budgetary/product oversight. Highlight current or past job responsibilities that specifically demonstrate applied analytical skills.  Compelling waiver requests include number of people supervised (past or present), budgets managed, sales goals/targets met and other quantifiable successes.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. When selecting who will write recommendations, consider current or former managers/directors, colleagues with MBA degrees, senior leaders in organizations that you have worked with, or customers and clients. Some items to address in the recommendation include performance (current or prior), industry knowledge, ability to work with teams, project management skills and leadership potential.

Essays

The statement of purpose essay allows the applicant to provide some insight into why an MBA degree is important to his/her career growth and path. Select two of the five questions and write an essay of about 250 words.

If your undergraduate academic GPA is less than a 2.7, address that in a separate optional essay.

TOEFL/IELTS

International applicants who do not hold a degree from a United States institution must also submit a valid (no more than two years old) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The minimum score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 95 (internet-based), and the minimum score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 7.0. The institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818.

 

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions are made when the application is complete, i.e., all documents and the GMAT/GRE score report are received. Primary criteria considered for admission include undergraduate performance, GMAT/GRE score and work experience. 

Entry Term Application Deadline Notification Date
 Spring 2017 (January)  Round 1: September 15, 2016 November 1, 2016
   Round 2: October 15, 2016 December 1, 2016
   Round 3: November 15, 2016*  
 Fall 2017 (August)  Round 1: March 15, 2017 May 1, 2017
   Round 2: June 15, 2017 July 15, 2017
   Round 3: July 15, 2017* ASAP

*Applications submitted after the final deadline for each entry term will be processed on a case by case basis. Please contact Libby Hendley if you wish to apply after the last deadline.

 

Onboarding Process for New Professional MBA Students

Upon notification of admission into the Professional MBA program, new students must take a few additional steps prior to being eligible to register for their classes. PMBA students must provide the University of South Carolina with immunization records, complete the citizenship verification process and accept or waive the optional health insurance offered by the university. 

The Professional MBA program team will host required on-boarding webinars weekly starting about a month before the term begins.  Invitations to these sessions will be sent out through email and will go through some of the details of the New Student Checklist as well as answer questions from attendees.