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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

Academic Criteria

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MAEcon program. The average undergraduate GPA is approximately 3.3. Applicants are eligible for review who have the following minimums:

  • At least 40th percentile GRE or GMAT Quantitative
  • At least 40th percentile GRE or GMAT Verbal
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8

Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission to the MAEcon program. Applicants with otherwise strong credentials, but with low standardized test scores, will be encouraged to prepare for and retake the test.

The GMAT and GRE are composed of verbal, qualitative and analytical sections. The institutional/program GMAT code for the school is: JV2-TP-25. The GRE code for the University of South Carolina is 5818.

Non-U.S. candidates who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must submit a valid (two years old or less) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The minimum score for the TOEFL is 100 (internet-based), and  the institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818. The minimum score for the IELTS is 7.0. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

You can attach unofficial transcripts to your online application for the review process.  Transcripts are required from every institution attended for course credit, even if a degree was not awarded.  Official transcripts are required for enrollment and must be sent before the end of your first term to continue in the program.  Documentation includes grade sheets, a statement of degree(s) awarded and the date each degree was conferred.  International universities often have separate grade sheets and certificates showing proof of degree. 

Electronic Transcript Service (Clearinghouse, EScript, Parchment): 

Mail Transcripts:
Graduate Admissions
Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29208 

Note: the digital transcript service SPEEDE only sends documents to Undergraduate Admissions.  Once you receive confirmation that your SPEEDE transcript has been downloaded, please forward the notification to so we can request your transcript to be sent to us. 

Work experience is not required for the MAEcon program.

Two letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. Within the online application, you will provide the email addresses for two contacts that you want to provide you a recommendation. Your recommenders will receive an online form to complete at the email address you provide for them. It is acceptable to have either professional or academic letters of recommendation. However, it is encouraged that candidates submit at least one academic letter of reference when possible.

The application for admission requires a statement of purpose (500-word essay) which should outline why you want to earn the MAEcon degree. There is additional space to add an optional personal essay. This essay can be used to explain circumstances of any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns or provide additional information you feel the online application did not capture.

Application Deadlines

The MAEcon program admits for the fall semester only.

  • Priority: Nov. 1
  • Normal Decision: Feb. 1
  • Late Decision: June 30

Admission Process

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made when the application is complete and all supporting documents, including official test scores (GMAT or GRE), are received. All aspects of the application are equally important and are carefully reviewed by the admission committee.

Financial Awards

All applicants are considered for financial awards upon admission. Applicants are encouraged to submit and complete their application by Feb.1 to receive best consideration for financial awards. Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered for financial awards as funds are available.

Enrollment Deposit

To secure your seat in our MAEcon program, we require a $1,000 enrollment deposit. This is a nonrefundable pre-payment of your first semester's tuition. It is strongly encouraged that you pay your seat fee as early as possible after admission to secure your seat in our program.

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