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Darla Moore School of Business

Moore School undergraduate program announces 21st consecutive year as No. 1-ranked international business program

Sept. 9, 2019

The University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business announced today that its undergraduate international business program is ranked No. 1 according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges publication released on Monday, Sept. 9. This announcement marks the 21st consecutive year that the program has been ranked as the top undergraduate international business program in the country.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive this recognition,” said Darla Moore School of Business Dean Peter Brews. “To be recognized as both the top-ranked undergraduate international business program and the No. 1 graduate international business program demonstrates the expertise of our faculty and the high caliber and academic rigor of our international business programs.”

The Moore School’s undergraduate international business program is selective, admitting no more than 200 students annually. Once admitted, students have the opportunity to select from one of two distinct programs: the global international business program or the international business cohort program. Both programs require students to double-major in a functional area, providing graduates with additional specialized knowledge and skills in fields such as accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, operations and supply chain, real estate or risk management and insurance. Typically, the first jobs of international business graduates are linked to these other majors, and many also complete the Moore School’s top functional major cohort programs such as the Finance Scholars or Marketing Scholars programs or the business analytics concentration.

The employability of undergraduate international business graduates is evident in the high job placement rates from the 2019 graduating class, which had a placement rate of 89 percent 90 days after graduation and an average starting salary of $63,707.

“Graduates leave our program with a transnational mindset and a deep understanding of the global context of business,” said Marc van Essen, faculty director of the undergraduate international business program. “They are prepared for a successful future — able to face complexity with competence and confidence.”

Study abroad is an important aspect of the international business program with undergraduate students committing to at least one semester abroad as part of the global international business program or several semesters abroad with one of the Moore School’s five international business cohort programs offered jointly with an international partner institution.

“We strive to continually innovate, developing new international courses, experiential experiences and international partnerships to support the international business major,” said Kendall Roth, senior associate dean of international programs and partnerships. “But, fundamentally, it is the combination of exceptional faculty and outstanding students that are our sustained source of world-class excellence.”

To learn more about the Moore School’s top-ranked international business program, visit the international business web page


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