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Admissions Criteria

The International MBA program enrolls students one time each year during the Summer II session, which begins in early July. The Admission Committee takes a holistic approach to the reviewing of all applications. This means that all aspects of your application are carefully evaluated when granting admission.

Completing your Application:
  • General Information, Resume and Essays
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL, IETLS, or PTEA*
General Information, Resume and Essays:
General Information: The admissions application 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. U.S. 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 International MBA degree. Additionally, there is a short essay questions to answer. You may also add a personal essay (Optional Essay section) should you want to share additional information for the admission committee to review.

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. The average undergraduate GPA range for a graduate of a U.S. institution is from 3.4 to 4.0.

Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business as part of the admissions process. This includes graduate level credit (if applicable) and any credit received from an institution in which you did not graduate (i.e. transfer credit). 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, and no further action is required if the University of South Carolina was the last school you attended.

Please send all transcripts to:
Darla Moore School of Business
Graduate Division-Director of Admissions
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA
E-transcripts are also accepted for admissions consideration if sent directly from the respective institution.

Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT or GRE) 
Applicants are required provide a valid (five years or less) 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 current GMAT average for the IMBA program is a 664, with most applicants scoring in the 630-700 range. You may learn more about the GMAT and register for the test on the Graduate Management Admission Council website. If you have taken the test more than once, the admissions committee will only take into consideration your highest overall score. 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 315-325 (maximum score possible is 340) for tests taken after August 1, 2011 and between 1350-1400 (maximum score possible is 1600) for tests taken before August 1, 2011. You may learn more about the test on the GRE website. If you have taken the test more than once, the admissions committee will only take into consideration your highest overall score. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's IMBA program is: 5818.

The IMBA admissions committee does not have a preference in regards to the GMAT or GRE for admissions consideration.

Letters of Recommendation:
Two Letters of recommendation are required for your application. 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. Professional references can include a supervisor, colleague, or client who has had significant  interaction with you in professional capacity.

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
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA
English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS or PTEA)
International applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must also submit a valid test score (two years old or less) 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. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA): The PTEA is composed of speaking, writing, reading and listening sections. The minimum score is a 68. You may learn more about the test on the PTEA website. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

The IMBA admissions committee does not have a preference in regards to the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA for admissions consideration.