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Moore School International MBA program retains No. 1 ranking

The University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business announced today that its International MBA program is ranked No. 1, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools publication released on March 30. The International MBA program has been ranked in the top three for 32 consecutive years and No. 1 for the past eight years.

“The Moore School has proven once again that we are the top International MBA program,” said Darla Moore School of Business Dean Peter Brews. “A testament to our top-notch faculty and the overall excellence of our program, the No. 1 ranked International MBA in the nation shows that we are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience. As the No. 1 International MBA program, we prepare our students for future career success but also emphasize the importance of networking, integrity and resiliency.

“While possessing resilience was especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure our students remain competitive in the demanding international marketplace and in their unmatched preparation to do business globally, we also offer our students an opportunity to become data proficient and analytically capable in a functional area so they are ready to add value to employers immediately upon graduation.”  

The Moore School’s 22-month International MBA program features one of the most comprehensive core MBA curriculums in the market, integrating global business principles with the longest in-country immersion of any International program based in the U.S. Students have the option to select from one of two tracks, the global track for in-country immersion where English is widely spoken, or the language track for immersion in an international environment that includes language study. The program also offers students the opportunity to obtain specialized certificates to further enhance their skillsets in high-demand areas such as business analytics or supply chain management.

The 2022 rankings are based on the 2020 graduating class, which were in the midst of their international immersions when the COVID-19 pandemic began and had to evacuate from their locations abroad.

“The International MBA students who graduated in May 2020 experienced firsthand what it meant when the world shut down outside of the U.S. Even with the challenges our International MBA students faced this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, they still showed immense resilience and learned how to operate within global marketplaces,” said Jennifer Ninh, managing director for full-time MBA programs. “The top experts in their fields, our international business faculty are able to share their illustrious real-life experiences in markets around the world to inform International MBA students’ ability to understand business in a global context. Our graduates are now working with prestigious multinational companies, and with the added knowledge of navigating a pandemic, are fully prepared to make a difference in their organizations.”

The Moore School's Professional MBA program, the first of its kind when it was launched in 1970, is also ranked No. 1 in the state and is among the top 25 programs in the country. The Professional MBA program is currently ranked at No. 25 for part-time MBA programs, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report publication.

“The Moore School is continuing to build on the reputation of its No. 25-ranked Professional MBA program,” said John Jones, managing director for the Professional MBA program. “Our Professional MBA program enables students to immediately apply what they’re learning in their courses to their respective jobs. Completing an MBA while working full time prepares our graduates to strengthen their business acumen while building their network with peers from a variety of industries. Our innovative approach provides teaching from top faculty so our graduates can further impact their organizations and enhance their opportunities for advancement.”

The Professional MBA program offers a flexible, part-time format that allows professionals to complete their MBAs while they continue to work. The program can be completed in two years and has start dates in both January and August. Regional classrooms connected via tele-presence technology allow students to interact with peers across eight different locations on evenings and select Saturdays, and on-demand access — real time and delay — enables students to take classes on a schedule that meets the needs of today’s working professional.

Visit the International MBA and the Professional MBA web pages to learn more about these top-ranked programs. 

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