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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

Academic Review

Undergraduate performance
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. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business.

Standardized Test
Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission to the MAEcon program. 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.

If your college or university offers PDF delivery of transcripts, please provide them with the contact information for our director of admissions to make sure the transcripts are considered official. Transcripts sent to individuals other than the director of admissions might not be considered official.

Professional Work Experience

Work experience is not required for the MAEcon program.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. 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 a personal essay. This essay should be used to explain the circumstances of any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns.


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 7.0 for the IELTS. The institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818.