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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

Both the One-Year MIB and the two-year, Double-Degree MIB are highly competitive.

Admission criteria include:

  • Undergraduate degree in business (international business major or emphasis preferred)*
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • Online application and essay
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Exceptions are made for students who apply to the Double-Degree program with Koc University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 


Full Criteria

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MIB program. A degree in international business or significant coursework in international business is preferred (exceptions made for students applying to the Double-Degree program with Koc University or Shanghai Jiao Tong University). Graduate course work, whether degree has been fully completed or not, 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 Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE score to be considered for admission to the MIB program. To be valid, test scores must be no older than five years. Learn more about the GMAT on the GMAT website. The institutional/program code for the school is JV2-TP-38.

Admission review requires two letters of recommendation. Either professional or academic letters of recommendation are accepted.

The application for admission requires a statement of purpose (500-word essay) that should outline why you want to earn the MIB degree. There are additional short essay questions to answer (your choice of three out of five questions). Space is also provided to add a personal essay. This essay should be used to explain unique or specific circumstances concerning any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns.

Candidates are encouraged to submit thorough and pertinent information on leadership activities, volunteerism, international travel experiences and other items that the admissions committee can use to evaluate the application package.

Non-native, English speakers who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must submit a valid (no older than two years) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. International students who have earned a bachelor’s degree administered in English may apply for a waiver to forego the language test requirement. The minimum score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 100 (internet-based). The TOEFL institutional code for the Moore School is 5818. The minimum score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 7.0. Please be certain you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test. 

Admission Process

Graduate program admissions are handled through the UofSC Graduate School, the university's clearinghouse for all graduate programs. To begin the graduate admission process, visit the Graduate Programs Admission page and create an account.

The Moore School admits new students into the MIB program twice a year. Students may enter the program in late August (fall term) or early January (spring term).

  • Admission application: You must submit an application and all supporting documents before your application will be reviewed and an admissions decision is made.  Application Fee Waiver [PDF]
  • Admission interview: An admission interview may be requested by the admissions committee.

Admission decisions are made when the application is complete — all documents and GMAT score reports are received. Primary criteria considered for admission include undergraduate performance, GMAT score and international coursework and experience.

  • When completing the application, please note your interest in the double-degree option.
  • In the "optional essay" section, explain which double-degree you would prefer and why.

In late spring, the admissions committee will work with each candidate to determine who will be accepted into each of the separate double-degree options.

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