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USC's Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, S.C.

New pathway to MBA for engineering and computing students

The College of Engineering and Computing and the Darla Moore School of Business have signed an agreement establishing a new 4+1 pathway partnership. This unique collaboration offers students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree from engineering and computing and a master’s degree from the Moore School in five years. 

How it works

Engineering and computing graduates will be given priority for direct admissions into the Moore School's one-year Master of Business Administration or the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. Students must graduate with a 3.2 GPA or higher and meet the general admissions standards of the programs. 

Current engineering and computing students should apply at the start of their senior year. Previous graduates are also eligible to apply.

SC impact

Engineering plays an important role in South Carolina’s economy, attracting high-paying jobs that our alumni are eager to fill. Seventy percent of engineering and computing students are South Carolinians, and a significant majority of alumni choose to remain and work in South Carolina. 

A combination undergraduate and master’s degree readies graduates to enter the job market with high-demand technical and leadership skills and creates a pipeline for retaining talent within the Palmetto State. 

What they’re saying

“Our impact on South Carolina is demonstrated in three ways: driving economic growth, spurring social mobility, and preparing our students to become the next wave of impact-makers,” says Hossein Haj-Hariri, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “With every sector in the state facing workforce needs, the College of Engineering and Computing stands ready to address these needs by offering innovative academic tracks and research opportunities that better prepare our graduates and position them for leadership.” 

Dean Haj-Hariri, student William Joyce and Dean Verma

“As a mechanical engineering undergrad, we do a lot of analysis, and I feel that I need to explore the business side of the operations," says fourth-year student William Joyce. "My career goal is to be in project management, so I definitely need to explore those business ventures that you learn from an MBA program.”

“I am an engineer myself by training as an undergraduate and got a chance to get a business degree later,” says Rohit Verma, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. “Engineers make really good business students regardless of the subject. Whether it’s marketing, sales, operation supply chain, international business, or finance; all of these areas you look at, you find many successful business graduates.”