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Darla Moore School of Business


Admission Requirements

Ph.D. programs start in late August each year during the fall semester, with orientation activities starting in mid- August. Due to highly competitive admissions, we advise you to be fully informed of application deadlines and to apply as early as possible.

Programs Accepting Applications

Given the competitive nature of doctoral programs and the individual attention given to each student, some departments might admit applicants only in specific years. Below is a list of each program's next application acceptance cycle and start date.

 Ph.D. in Economics

Program

Apply During 
Academic Year

To Start
Program On

Economics 2019-20 August 2020
 Ph.D. in Business Administration

Program

Apply During 
Academic Year

To Start
Program On

Accounting 2018-19 August 2019
Finance 2019-20 August 2020
International Business 2018-19 August 2019
International Finance 2019-20 August 2020
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources 2018-19 August 2019
Production/Operations Management 2018-19 August 2019
Marketing 2018-19 August 2019

* Admission plans for academic year 2018-19 are official. Admission plans for academic year 2019-20 are tentative and subject to change.

 

Ph.D. Application Deadlines for 2018-19

You may create a profile and work on your application at any time. You should provide detailed information throughout your application. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the application deadline date. Once you submit your application, as per the deadline schedule provided below, the admissions committee will begin its review.

Round

Application Deadline**

Notification By

Preferred*

Dec. 15, 2018

As decisions are made by admissions committee

Final Round

Jan.15, 2019

As decisions are made by admissions committee

All completed applications received by this date will be considered for full financial assistance.

 

Admissions Process

Starting an Applicant Profile

If you are not ready to submit an application yet, but would like to start a profile, you simply create an account and work at your own pace. You will have access to the admissions application fields and essay questions, and can add profile information as you progress through the application process. 

Program Selection: As part of your profile/application, you will be asked to select the program for which you are interest on. On this regard, you will be asked two questions throughout information gathering process:

  1. Degree Sought. You can select one of two degrees :
    1. Ph.D. in Economics
    2. Ph.D. in Business Administration
  2. Ph.D. Major Area of Emphasis. You can select one of the following options (provided we are accepting applications for this particular application season):
    1. For Ph.D. in Economics: Economics
    2. For Ph.D. in Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, International Business, International Finance, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Strategic Management/Business, Production/Operations Management, and Marketing,

You are able to change your selection at any time, but only prior to submitting your application.

Admissions Application

Applicants must submit an online application. A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required. Payment is only available online via electronic check or credit card. Details are available within the online application for admission.

Begin Application

Application Fee Waiver

Applicants who meet specific criteria are eligible to apply for an Application Fee Waiver [pdf]. Review the eligible criteria and the corresponding procedure for more information.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents must be received before the Admissions Committee can start the application review process. This includes all official transcripts documenting all academic work, GMAT or GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA (if applicable). Unofficial documents and score reports may be uploaded for admissions consideration. All application materials  must be received by Dec. 15 to be considered for full financial assistance.  Please review the Admissions Criteria section below for more details on required supporting documents.

Admissions Notification

Once the full application is received, the admissions committee for each academic department reviews application on the ongoing basis. Given the competitive nature of the process, notification of admission may vary depending on committee availability and volume of applications. Furthermore, the committee may request a follow up conversation with the applicant to better assess the merits of his/her application.

Once a decision is reached, the applicant receives official notification via email. If admitted, such notification includes information regarding the financial support package (i.e. graduate assistantship) offered to the applicant.

Offer of Admission Acceptance and Enrollment Deposit

Applicants who are offered admission and a graduate assistantship award by the Darla Moore School of Business must accept or reject the award by April 15.

To officially accept and hold a seat for the incoming class, the applicant must provide a $250 enrollment deposit. Instructions to officially accept and submit this deposit will be provided in the official notification of admission.

Pre-Enrollment Process

As soon as deposit has been submitted, but not earlier than April 1st, incoming students start receiving information pertinent to preparing for their arrival. This information includes documentation needed for enrollment (i.e. immunization forms, orientation information, program start dates).

Program Start and Orientation

The program starts typically during the 3rd week of August each year (between Aug. 20 and 25). For official dates, please visit the Academic Calendar section of the Registrar’s web site and select the appropriate academic year.

We ask incoming students to plan to arrive on campus on or before the start of the Aug. 1 week as a Math Camp (required for some programs) and Orientation activities (required for all programs) take place during the first three weeks of the month. Specific dates are provided as part of the pre-enrollment communications described above.

Admission Criteria 

General Information, Resume and Essays

General Information: The admissions application asks for your general personal and contact information, academic and employment information, and information related to your 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.

Professional Work Experience: Though it may or may not be directly related to your future work in academia and/or research, and even though it is not a requirement for admission into the Ph.D. program, your work experience is certainly a complementary aspect of your application. You’re required to include your resume as part of your online application.

Essays: The application also asks for a Statement of Purpose (maximum of 500 words) that should outline why you want to earn a Ph.D. degree. You may also add a personal essay (Optional Essay section) should you want to share additional information for the admission committee to review.

Program Selection: As part of your application, you will be asked to select the program for which you are applying. For more information on what options you may select, please refer to the Admissions Process section above (under Starting an Applicant Profile).

You are able to change your selection at any time, but only prior to submitting your application.

Academic Transcripts

Transcripts from all institutions of higher education 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). Transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline. For transcripts issued in a foreign language, an officially translated version must be submitted.

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 UofSC 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. These should be sent to Graduate Admissions Director Scott King.  

Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT or GRE)

Applicants must provide a valid (five years or fewer) admissions test. The Ph.D. in Economics programs requires the GRE test. The Ph.D. In Business administration accepts either the GMAT or GRE tests. You are encouraged to contact the appropriate department (Ph.D. Faculty Coordinator) to inquire about preferred or expected score levels.

GRE General Test (GRE): The GRE is composed of verbal, quantitative and analytical sections. 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 Ph.D. programs is: 5818.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): The GMAT is composed of verbal, quantitative, written and analytical sections. You may learn more about the GMAT and register for the test on the Graduate Management Admission Council website. To have test scores sent, the institutional/program code for the Moore School's Ph.D. programs is: JV2-TP-84.

Letters of Recommendation

At least two letters of recommendation are required for your application, although an applicant may submit additional letters. Also, Please note an individual department may request more as the committee evaluates the application. Letters should comment on your academic or professional qualifications.

We encourage recommenders to submit their letters through the online application system. During the application process, you’re 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, you or the recommender may send completed letters in a sealed envelope. Hard copy letters of recommendation should be written on company/organization letterhead, include the official signature of the writer, and be sent to:

Darla Moore School of Business
Graduate Division-Director of Admissions
Director of Admissions
1014 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
USA

English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic)

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. You 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. 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 Ph.D. programs is: 5818.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The IELTS is composed of listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. 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 (PTE Academic): The PTE Academic is composed of speaking, writing, reading and listening sections. You may learn more about the test on the PTE Academic website. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

Waiver of English Proficiency Test: International applicants who hold a degree from an institution in the USA do NOT need to apply for this waiver as the requirement to present language proficiency results is automatically waived. For international applicants who have earned a degree from an institution outside the USA but where the medium of instruction is English, a waiver may be considered. For this, an official waiver request (email) must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Director, copying the Director of Doctoral programs with justification for the waiver request and attaching the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of the U.S. institution’s transcript(s).
  • Copy of Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT or GRE)

To make a final determination, we may also look at various potential indicators of English proficiency such GMAT/GRE scores and any work experience in an English based environment. After reviewing all aspects, we reserve the right to require an English Proficiency Test score. – Send Wavier Request.

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