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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

The Master of International Business is an interdisciplinary program that combines the development of international business expertise with an advanced understanding of international studies. The program is unique in its focus on political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of global business.

The admission criteria for the MIB program includes:

  • Undergraduate degree in business (preferred with international business major or emphasis). Exceptions to this rule are made for students who apply to our double-degree program with Koc University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Proficiency/knowledge of a foreign language
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • International experience/exposure
  • Demonstrated leadership

Full Criteria:

Undergraduate performance

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MIB program.  It is preferred that candidates have a degree in international business or have significant coursework in international business (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 (five years or fewer) Graduate Management Admissions Test or GRE score to be considered for admission to the MIB program. Learn more about the GMAT on the Graduate Management Admission Council's website. The institutional/program code for the school is JV2-TP-38.

Professional Work Experience

Professional work experience is not required for the MIB program.

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.


The application for admission will ask for 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). Additionally, space is provided 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.

Candidates are encouraged to submit thorough and pertinent information on leadership activities, volunteerism, travel abroad 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 (within 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 make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

Both the two-year MIB double-degree and the one-year MIB are highly competitive. We seek applicants who already have international experience (either study abroad or work) and who have demonstrated leadership in their communities. Applicants should have proficiency in at least one language in addition to their native tongue. Likewise, successful applicants should demonstrate academic achievements in transcripts, undergraduate GPA and the GMAT/GRE.

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