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Darla Moore School of Business

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Admission Requirements

The Darla Moore School of Business seeks to enroll diverse and qualified students. We are currently reviewing applications for a Fall 2021 start.

Undergraduate performance

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MHR program. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0. Graduate course work or (whether degree has been earned) will also be taken into consideration. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business.


Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) GMAT score or the GRE to be considered for admission to the MHR program. The GMAT and GRE are composed of verbal, qualitative and analytical sections. The institutional/program GMAT code for the school is JV2-TP-36. The GRE code for USC is 5818.

*In light of the challenging circumstances due to the COVID-19 situation, we may be willing to waive the standardized testing requirements for high-achieving students. If you are interested in applying for a waiver for the GMAT or GRE exams, please contact the MHR program immediately at


If your college or university offers PDF delivery of transcripts, please provide them with director of admissions contact information to make sure the transcript considered official. You are welcome to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to expedite the review of your application. If you are admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended to finalize the admission process. Transcripts sent to individuals, other than the director of admissions, might not be considered official. Contact graduate admissions

Professional Work Experience

Work experience is not required for the MHR program, but it is preferred. The program values all undergraduate internships or post-undergraduate work experiences.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. It is acceptable to have either professional or academic letters of recommendation. However, it is encouraged that candidates submit professional letters of reference if possible.


The application for admission requires a statement of purpose (500-word essay) which should outline why you want to earn the MHR degree. There is additional space to add a personal essay. This essay should be used to explain the circumstances of any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns.


Non-U.S. candidates who do not hold a degree from a United States institution must submit a valid (two years old or less) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The minimum score for the TOEFL is 105 (internet-based), and the institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818. The minimum score is 7.5 for the IELTS. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

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