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Darla Moore School of Business

Classic Program

In the Classic International Business curriculum, students complete a comprehensive and competitive program led by the Moore School’s renowned international business faculty. The program's mission is to develop and disseminate leading-edge knowledge concerning the practice of global business.

Students in the Moore School's Classic Program study at one of the most elite business schools in the world, giving them a strong understanding of global dimensions as well as depth capacity in a functional area of business.

In addition to studying international business at the Moore School, students also complete a second business major and multiple advanced level language classes, and they spend at least one semester abroad. Students can apply for direct entry along with their UofSC freshman application or they can apply for competitive entry as a current underclassman.

Time Abroad

Students spend at least one semester abroad at one of more than 50 locations throughout the world.

Four-Year Breakdown

Year 1: Students spend their freshman year at the South Carolina campus.
Year 2: During their sophomore year, students will continue their classes at the South Carolina campus.
Year 3: Students begin their international business studies. During their second semester, they will study abroad in one of the 51 most elite business schools in the world.
Year 4: Students return to South Carolina to complete their senior year.

Language Requirement

Students must take at least four courses at the 300 level or above in one of the eight languages offered at South Carolina.

1. Immediate Admission
This is granted to Honors College students who checked the pre-international business major box on their South Carolina application. These students must maintain a 3.65 South Carolina GPA and complete 30 credit hours by the end of the second semester to keep their place in the international business major. Students who meet these criteria are admitted directly into the major and do not compete with other students for admission.

2. Competitive Admission
This is the process in which students apply in the spring semester of their freshman year. Students must have a minimum 3.65 South Carolina GPA and have completed 30 college-level semester credits. The application for fall 2021 will be available in April 2021 and due in June 2021.

The admissions committee reviews each student for:

  • South Carolina GPA
  • Rigor of quantitative courses completed
  • Grades in math, business and language courses
  • Selected language for advanced study
  • Language level
  • Personal statement/essays
  • Clearly articulated career goals
  • Resume/other achievements

No single criterion is sufficient to qualify or disqualify a candidate. The major is subject to a cap on enrollment. Candidates may be very qualified but not admitted because of the limitations on program size.

Interested students should view the Competitive Admissions Presentation.  The information contained in the presentation, including the essay questions, are for the spring 2020 application only.  Application essays are changed annually and admission criteria is subject to change at any time.

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