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Darla Moore School of Business

Profile of Professional MBA 2018 Entering Class. Average age is 33 years. Average work experience is 9.4 years. Average GMAT score is 639. Average GRE score is 307. Average undergraduate GPA is 3.2

Admission Requirements

The Professional MBA program is designed for working professionals with at least two years of full-time work experience. Applications are accepted year-round for entry into the January and August terms. Apply now.

Admissions Criteria

Professional Work Experience

Professional MBA students' work experience, industry knowledge and management skills are an important part of the learning experience. The ability to contribute real-world experiences and situations adds value to the classroom discussion. Applicants should have at least two years of full-time, post-bachelor, professional work experience.  

Submitted resumes should be accomplishment based and include job responsibilities (current and past positions) that specifically demonstrate applied quantitative and analytical skills. Candidates are also encouraged to highlight leadership and management experience.


An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the Professional MBA program. A degree in business is not required. Applicants from any major are encouraged to apply.

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).

You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to expedite the review of your admission application. If you are admitted, you will be required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended to finalize the admission process. These documents must be sent to the Moore School's Graduate Admissions at the address below 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:

Graduate Admissions
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208

If your college or university offers PDF delivery of transcripts, the PDF should be sent to Scott King, director of admissions for graduate programs. Transcripts sent to individuals, other than the director of admissions, may not be considered official.

Scott King, Director of Admissions


Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score to be considered for admission to the Professional MBA program. The GMAT and GRE are composed of verbal, quantitative and analytical sections. The GMAT institutional/program code for the Moore School is JV2-TP-50. The GRE code for USC is 5818.

GMAT/GRE Test Waiver

GMAT/GRE test waivers are considered for applicants with at least seven years of significant, progressive management experience and a good academic undergraduate record OR another graduate degree and at least two years of work experience. To be considered for a test waiver, download and submit the Professional MBA Test Waiver Request, including the required essay and upload it to your application prior to submitting the application.

If you are requesting a test waiver based on work experience, you should include detailed information about your professional accomplishments such as projects managed, promotions and budgetary/product oversight. Highlight current or past job responsibilities that specifically demonstrate applied analytical skills.  Compelling waiver requests include number of people supervised (past or present), budgets managed, sales goals/targets met and other quantifiable successes.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. Recommendations should be written by current or former managers/directors, colleagues with MBA degrees, senior leaders in organizations that you have worked with, or customers and clients. Some items to address in the recommendation include performance (current or prior), industry knowledge, ability to work with teams, project management skills and leadership potential.


Applicants are required to submit three essays for admission consideration. The statement of purpose essay provides insight into why an MBA degree is important to his/her career.  Of the four essay questions provided in the application, the applicant must choose two and write an essay of 250 words minimum. 

If your undergraduate academic GPA is less than a 2.7, please address that in a separate optional essay.


International applicants who do not hold a degree from a United States institution must also submit a valid (no more than two years old) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The minimum score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 95 (internet-based), and the minimum score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 7.0. The institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818

Online Application

If you are ready to apply to the Professional MBA program, create an application profile and account today. Access your existing account to continue completing your application.

If you have questions regarding the Professional MBA program or your application, please reach out to one of the PMBA recruiting team members or register to attend a PMBA recruiting event.

  • Applicants interested in the Charlotte, Greenville or Spartanburg locations should reach out to Melissa Nagle.
  • Applicants interested in the Columbia, Charleston, USC Beaufort or USC Aiken locations should reach out to Kathy Rollins.

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions are made when all documents and the GMAT/GRE score report are received (and/or a GMAT/GRE test waiver request).

Entry Term Application Deadline Notification Date
Spring 2019 (January) 1 Round 1: Oct. 1, 2018 Nov. 1, 2018
  Round 2: Nov. 1, 2018 2 ASAP
 Fall 2019 (August) Round 1: April 1, 2019 May 15, 2019
  Round 2: June 1, 2019 July 15, 2019
  Round 3: July 15, 2019 2 ASAP

Updated: July 23, 2018

1 Spring 2019 application deadlines have recently been revised. 
Applications submitted after the final deadline for each entry term will be processed on a case by case basis. Please contact  the Professional MBA recruiting team if you wish you apply after the last deadline.

Onboarding Process for New Professional MBA Students

A non-refundable confirmation fee of $250 is required upon admission to the Professional MBA program.  This fee will be applied to your first term’s tuition bill. To become eligible to register for classes, Professional MBA students must provide the University of South Carolina with immunization records, complete the citizenship verification process and accept or waive the optional health insurance offered by the university. 

The Professional MBA program team will host required on-boarding webinars weekly starting about a month before the term begins.  Invitations to these sessions will be sent out through email and will go through some of the details of the New Student Checklist as well as answer questions from attendees. Visit the Information for New Students tab for more information.