Darla Moore School of Business – University of South Carolina - Full-Time MBA
University of South Carolina Moore School of Business Full-Time MBA Program Structure
The University of South Carolina Moore School of Business offers two different full-time MBA options: the One-Year MBA, and the acclaimed two-year International MBA—ranked as the best international business school program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
The One-Year MBA program is actually shorter than advertised, and can be completed in just 10 months, making it one of the most time-efficient full-time MBA options in the country. Students in the program begin in July, starting foundational courses, before moving into specialization coursework of the student’s choosing. Options include finance, global supply chain and operations management, marketing, and strategic management.
The 22-month International MBA is one of the most versatile internationally-focused MBA programs in the world, with two optional study tracks: The Global Track, where students learn in countries that widely speak English; and the Language Track, which includes a language study as part of the curriculum in either French, German, or Spanish. The program also features a 10-to-15 week internships.
The One-Year MBA curriculum is divided into five different seven-week sections, beginning in July. At the beginning of the program, students complete the first of three core courses while starting the Career Leadership Program (CLP). The following four sections of the program feature both core courses and elective coursework, with areas of focus in: finance, global supply chain and operations management, marketing, and strategic management. In the final two sections of the program, students can complete the optional spring break international trip elective. In total, students must complete six different electives in order to complete the program.
Those in the International MBA start the program with the exact same schedule as the One-Year MBA cohort: three core classes and the start of the CLP, taking place in July. From August through December, however, students continue core courses while being integrated with the internationally-focused curriculum in the program, with the mandatory Global Strategic Management and Managing the Multinational Enterprise courses taking place. In the final sequence of the first year, from early January to early May, students begin elective coursework and can also complete the aforementioned international trip elective during spring break.
The second year of the International MBA program features much more specialized studies, starting with a 10-to-15 week corporate internship in the summer. From mid-August through mid-December of the second year students complete elective courses and start preparation for the international element of the curriculum. Global Track students finish their elective coursework (needing to take two more electives than Language Track students), and Language Track students begin specific language studies. From mid-January to early March, students travel to international destinations for the eight-week in country immersion. The final seven weeks of the program takes place back at the University of South Carolina campus, where students complete the program with internationally-focused classes.
Full-Time MBA Rankings
• U.S. News & World Report: 74 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 70
An estimated 47 total students are enrolled in the full-time MBA programs at the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business, with 68.1 percent female students and 31.9 percent female students. About 27.7 percent of those students are of international origin.
The GMAT average of the class was 651 and the undergraduate GPA was 3.4.
About 63 percent of full-time graduates were employed within three months of earning their MBA. The average base salary is around $85,923.
Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid
Tuition for the University of South Carolina full-time MBA program costs $35,702 for South Carolina residents in the One-Year MBA, and $43,142 for the International MBA. Out-of-state residents pay an estimated $40,790 for the One-Year MBA, and $71,580 for the International MBA. Prices may vary for residents attending the International MBA program in neighboring ACM states, as well as active-duty U.S. Armed Services members. Per semester fees will be required for healthcare, technology fees, and an international student fee. A deposit of $1,000 is required to hold a spot in the program.
Information on scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial resources can be found here. Typically, those who earn some kind of financial reward will use it to fund around half of the amount of the program cost, although some scholarships cover 70-100 percent of the cost.
Applicants to the University of South Carolina full-time MBA programs must have at least two years of prior work experience in order to apply, in addition to an accredited undergraduate degree, although it does not have to be in business. Enrolled students typically have GPAs between 3.5 and 4, although strong candidates with lower GPAs are considered.
The following must also be provided:
• A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• Statement of Purpose (500 words), a short essay, and an optional personal essay
• GMAT/GRE scores
• Two letters of recommendation
• Proof of English proficiency (if needed)
• $100 application fee (waiver available for select candidates)
Strong applicants may be asked to complete an interview, either in-person on the Moore campus, via Skype, or at an agreed regional location.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Priority – Oct. 15
Round One – Dec. 1
Round Two – Jan. 15 (international applicant preferred deadline)
Round Three – March 1 (scholarship consideration preferred deadline)
Round Four – April 15
All applications submitted after April 15 are reviewed on a rolling case-by-case basis.