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Darla Moore School of Business – University of South Carolina


The University of South Carolina business school was originally founded in 1919 as the School of Commerce. In the 1940s, after the conclusion of World War II, the school was renamed as the School of Business Administration and began offering its first Master of Science in Business Administration degree. In 1959, the school offered its first official MBA degree, earning AACSB-accredited soon-there-after for both its undergraduate and graduate business programs. In the mid-60s, shortly after earning accreditation, the school was renamed again as the College of Business Administration and began offering its Ph.D. in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy degrees.

In 1998, four years after business school introduced what would become the International MBA program, investor, philanthropist, and University of South Carolina alumnus Darla Moore donated $25 million to the school, which was then renamed in her honor.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 74 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 70


The Darla Moore School of Business at  is located in the heart of the University of South Carolina in the city of Columbia, just east of the Congaree River in the middle of the state. The campus is located about eight miles northeast of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.


The centerpiece of the business school is the Darla Moore School of Business Building. Completed in 2014 by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the building features a courtyard, trading room, cafe, and visitor centers, with several floors dedicated to lecture halls and rooms for other special events. The building is outfitted with state-of-the-art classrooms for various levels of business students, with energy efficiency in mind. The building design earned a LEED Platinum and a Net-Zero rating.


The Darla Moore School of Business currently employs 70 faculty members.

Student Body

An estimated 505 students are currently enrolled in the South Carolina Moore School of Business, with 47 full-time MBA students and 441 part-time students.

MBA Degree Offerings

The South Carolina Moore School of Business offers a full-time MBA, a part-time Professional MBA, and its renown International MBA.

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