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Darla Moore School of Business


The Professional MBA curriculum consists of 16 courses — nine core courses and seven electives. Electives in the PMBA program complement the core curriculum. Students select electives based on areas of interest as they progress through the curriculum, or they may choose to specialize their electives in a functional area. Specializations are available in finance, international business, innovation/entrepreneurship and marketing. To complete the specialization, students must take a minimum of four of their electives in that area. PMBA students can also earn a graduate certificate in business analytics while completing the program's coursework.

Electives in the PMBA program are available in multiple, flexible formats: seven-week term courses that meet one night per week (some seven-week elective courses may utilize residency days on the UofSC Columbia campus) and immersion courses that may utilize three to four residency days over a seven- to 14-week time frame (Fridays or Saturdays) on the UofSC Columbia campus. Current PMBA students registering for upcoming terms should consult the PMBA Blackboard community for the most recent list of course offerings, class times and days.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The PMBA program offers four to six optional study abroad courses yearly. Students visit with business executives, tour manufacturing facilities and attend government briefings in seven to 10 days. These three-credit courses provide a chance to learn how business is done around the world as well as experience the culture of foreign countries. Students can take up to two courses to count as electives. For students in the international business track, this is a great way to meet your IBUS 750 course requirement over the span on one week. Current PMBA students should consult the PMBA Blackboard community to learn about upcoming study abroad courses. 

There is an additional fee associated with studying abroad. The average fee is between $2,200 and $3,000. This fee includes hotel, in-country transportation, cultural event tickets and most meals at the destination. Students are responsible for scheduling and purchasing their own airfare to and from the country. 

Recent courses:

  • Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic (Fall 2019)
  • China: Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai (Fall 2019)
  • Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg (Spring 2019)
  • Denmark: Copenhagen and Sweden: Gothenburg (Spring 2019)

Upcoming courses:

  • Colombia: Bogota and Medellin (March 7-14)
  • Denmark: Copenhagen and Sweden: Gothenburg (May 2-9)
  • Russia: St. Petersburg and Moscow (May 9-18)

Current PMBA students should consult the PMBA Blackboard community to learn more about upcoming study abroad courses. Travel locations change each academic year.

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