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Darla Moore School of Business

  • MIB by the numbers: average class size is 20 students; 40 students in average cohort; 3 languages spoken per student;18 nationalities represented; average age of student is 25; 57% of students are international and 53% are female

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Criteria Include:

  • Undergraduate degree or minor in business preferred*
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score**
  • Online application and essays
  • 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. 

**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 MIB program immediately at

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.

Applicants may apply for a waiver of the GMAT test for the MIB program if they meet any of the following conditions:

  1. The student has earned, or is in the process of earning, another master’s degree. The degree must be from an accredited university, in the field of business or economics and the student must be ranked in the top 25% of their class.
  2. The student has at least five years of professional, post-baccalaureate work experience. Internships completed during undergraduate studies do not count towards this total.
  3. A student has a master’s degree in a non-business field and has at least three years of professional, post-baccalaureate business experience.

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 (or whose official home country language is not English) must submit a valid (within two years) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. 

For those who do not need this requirement, a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based exam or 77 on the internet-based exam is required. South Carolina also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) or the PTE Academic Test. Students must score at least a 6.0 on the IELTS, 670 TOEIC, or at least a 53 on the PTE.

International students who have earned a bachelor’s degree administered in English or whose home university can certify their English language skills may apply for a waiver to forego the language test requirement. Students must meet the standard English language requirements at the time of admission.

Application Fee Refund

In cases where the application fee presents a financial hardship for an applicant, the Moore School will consider a request for a fee refund. Apply for an application fee refund

Application Deadlines

Now accepting applications for the spring 2021 cohort.

Entry Term Application Deadline
Spring 2021 (January) Priority: Oct. 1, 2020
  Normal Decision: Nov. 1, 2020
  Late Decision:  Dec. 1, 2020
Fall 2021 (August) Priority: Jan. 15, 2021
  Normal Decision: Feb. 15, 2021
  Late Decision: April 1, 2021

Admission Process

Graduate program admissions are handled through the UofSC Graduate School, the university's clearinghouse for all graduate programs. 

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.

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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