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Admissions Criteria

The IMBA program enrolls students one time each year during the summer session, which begins in early June. The Admission Committee takes a holistic approach to the reviewing of all applications. Among the many factors they take into consideration:

General Information & Essays

General Information

The application for admissions asks for general personal and contact information, academic and employment information, as well as information related to an applicant’s participation in certain organizations (i.e. US Armed Forces). Although not all information is required, we encourage you to provide as much information as possible as some of the data is relevant to certain fellowship opportunities (i.e. Peace Corps Fellows).

Professional Work Experience

A candidate's work experience is thoroughly evaluated as it is often a valid predictor of not only a
candidate's academic success in the program, but also his or her success from a career perspective. Therefore, it is required that candidates have at least two or more years of full-time, post-bachelor, professional work experience by the time they start the program. The applicant is required to include a resume as part of the online application.

Essays

The application also asks for a statement of purpose (maximum of 500 words) that should outline why you want to earn the IMBA degree. Additionally, there are short essay questions to answer. You may also add a personal essay should you want to share additional information for the admission committee to review.

Supporting Documents

Undergraduate Performance (Transcripts)

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the IMBA program. A degree in business is not required. Applicants from any major are encouraged to apply as we value diversity within our cohorts.

Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business as part of the admissions process. These documents must be sent to the Moore School's Graduate Division in a sealed envelope from the respective institution. The Moore School has access to transcripts of USC graduates; no further action is required if the University of South Carolina was the last school you attended.

The average undergraduate GPA range for a graduate of a U.S. institution is from 3.0 to 4.0.

Please send all documents to:

Darla Moore School of Business
Graduate Division
Director of Admissions
1705 College St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA

Graduate Admission Test (GMAT or GRE)

Applicants must provide a valid (five years or fewer) Admissions test. The applicant may provide either of the following options:

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): The GMAT is composed of verbal, quantitative, written and analytical sections. The expected GMAT average for the IMBA program is 660-700 (maximum score possible is 800). You may learn more about the GMAT on the Graduate Management Admission Council website. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's IMBA program is: JV2-TP-84.
  • GRE General Test (GRE): The GRE is composed of verbal, quantitative and analytical sections. The expected GRE average for the IMBA program is 315 to 325 (maximum score possible is 340) for tests taken after August 1, 2011 and between 1350 and 1400 (maximum score possible is 1600) for tests taken before August 1, 2011. You may learn more about the test on the GRE website. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's IMBA program is: 5818.

Letters of Recommendation (2 required)

Letters of recommendation are required for the admissions review. It is acceptable to have either professional or academic letters of recommendation; however, we encourage candidates to submit recent professional letters of reference where possible.

We encourage recommenders to submit their letters through the online application system. The applicant is able to send an electronic request to the designated recommender. The recommender is then able to complete the review within the online system or upload a saved document.

If necessary, the applicant or the recommender may send completed letters in a sealed envelope to:

Darla Moore School of Business
Graduate Division
Director of Admissions
1705 College St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA

English Proficiency Test (TOEFL or IELTS)

International applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must also submit a valid (two years old or fewer) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The applicant may provide either of the following test options:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL Is composed of listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. The minimum score is 95 in the iBT (Internet-based test) format. You may learn more about the test on the TOEFL website. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's IMBA program is: 5818.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The IELTS Is composed of listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. The minimum score is 7.0 in the academic format. You may learn more about the test on the IELTS website. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's IMBA program is: 5818.