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Admission Requirements

The Moore School provides flexible options that allow you to tailor your education toward your interests and goals. Our undergraduate business programs build on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and offer opportunities for research and academic enrichment. The continuous emphasis on practical skills and professional communication prepare you to compete successfully in a rapidly changing business world.

Application Process and Requirements

Whether you are currently in high school or you are a current college or university student looking to transfer into the Moore School, all applications must be submitted through Undergraduate Admissions. However, transfer students must also meet minimum transfer requirements to be qualified for our programs.

For more information on University of South Carolina admissions, visit University of South Carolina Admissions.

Moore School Entrance Requirements

In addition to the academic admission requirements of the Darla Moore School of Business, a limit on admission to the program may be imposed. An enrollment limit would become necessary if enrollment levels exceed school staffing capabilities and resources. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee, in consultation with the dean of the school, will be responsible for adjusting undergraduate enrollment levels to ensure the quality of the undergraduate program. A student who meets admissions criteria will be favorably considered, but because of space limitations admission cannot be guaranteed.

Freshmen entering the USC Columbia pre-business division of the Darla Moore School of Business must meet the campus requirements for admission.

Students from other USC campuses who have no work from colleges outside of USC must have a GPA of 3.0 on all work taken and must have taken at least 15 USC credit hours (including calculus) with a minimum grade of C. Additionally, those students who have fewer than 30 semester hours from colleges outside USC must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements.

Students enrolled in other colleges on the Columbia campus must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work taken and must have at least 15 USC credit hours including calculus with a minimum grade of C.

Transfer students from other institutions must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all college work taken and have completed calculus with a minimum grade of C. Students who have taken fewer than 30 semester hours of college work must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

The requirements stated below are minimum requirements and are subject to change as stated in the last paragraph of this section. To continue in the sophomore year of the pre-business division of the Darla Moore School of Business, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 24 hours. The 24 hours must include ENGL 101 and 102, MATH 122 or 141, MGSC 290, either ECON 221 or 222, STAT 206, and ACCT 225 with a minimum grade of C in each of these courses. A student not meeting these requirements must transfer out of the pre-business division of the Darla Moore School of Business.

To be admitted to the upper division of the Moore School of Business, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 48 hours. The 48 hours must include ENGL 101 and 102, MATH 122 or 141, STAT 206, ECON 221 and 222, ACCT 225 and 226, MGSC 290 and 291, with a minimum grade of C in each of these courses.

All majors in the Darla Moore School of Business will be expected to pass all business administration and economics courses with a minimum grade of C. Students must petition to take any business or economics class for a third time. Petitioning does not guarantee permission, and based on academic record, some students may be required to change majors or transfer out of the business school.

Dual Degrees: Currently enrolled students from other USC colleges who expect to obtain a second baccalaureate degree from the Darla Moore School of Business must meet regular admission and progression requirements of the school and formally apply and be accepted by the school prior to obtaining 75 hours.

Classes: Enrollment priority will be given to business majors who are in good academic standing in all business and economics classes.

Suspension: The Darla Moore School of Business adheres to the university’s general policy on suspension.

Graduation: All students admitted to the Darla Moore School of Business effective fall 2016 and thereafter must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on all USC work attempted in order to obtain a degree from the Moore School.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all regular class meetings. Students must conform to university attendance regulations. Where specific faculty policies regarding attendance are more stringent, they will be stated in writing for individual courses.