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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

The economics, finance, international business, international finance, management, management science and marketing departments will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. The accounting department anticipates admitting students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Admissions Process

All applicants must complete an application and submit the following supporting documentation: official transcripts documenting all academic work, official GMAT test scores (GRE may be substituted) and letters of recommendation. International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. Please consult the FAQ pages for the Ph.D. in Business Administration and the Ph.D. in Economics for program-specific admissions requirements for each degree program. All application materials must be received by Dec. 15 to be considered for financial assistance.

Supporting Documentation Checklist

Academic Transcripts

Applicants for degree programs must submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from each institution of higher education attended (except from the University of South Carolina). We do not accept electronic versions of transcripts, nor do we accept transcripts that have been opened or unsealed. Transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline. For transcripts issued in a foreign language, an officially translated version must be submitted. Transcripts should be submitted directly to the Darla Moore School of Business.


Applicants must provide a valid (five years or fewer) GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. Although the economics department requires a GRE score, most programs will accept either. You are encouraged to contact the appropriate department to see if there is a preferred score. Please use the appropriate code to ensure test scores are sent directly to the University of South Carolina. The institutional/program code for the Moore School doctoral program for GMAT scores is JV2-TP-78 and for GRE scores is 5818. It is not necessary to include a departmental code.

Letters of Recommendation

The Moore School requires at least two letters of recommendation, although an applicant may submit additional letters. Please note an individual department may request more. We encourage applicants to submit their letters online through our application system. Hard copy letters of recommendation should be written on company/organization letterhead, and include the official signature of the writer. Letters should comment on your academic or professional qualifications.


International applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must also submit a valid (two years old or fewer) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is: 5818.

You may mail any application materials that cannot be submitted online to:

Ph.D. Program
Graduate Admissions
Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Please contact us for more information at or 803-777-2748.

Admission Schedule

In addition to the application, we require students to submit a resume, statement of career objectives, test scores, transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation. Our preferred application deadline is Dec. 15. All completed applications received by this date will be considered for full financial assistance. Our final application deadline is Jan. 15

Important Dates

Summer 2017

Students should begin preparing for and taking the GMAT or GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable) to ensure scores are received in a timely manner.

Fall 2017

Applications for Fall 2018 open. Doctoral Recruitment Events held around the country. See our Doctoral Recruiting Events page for more information.

Dec.15, 2017

Preferred Application Deadline — all application materials must be received in order to receive full considered for admission and all university financial awards.

Jan. 15, 2018

Final application deadline.

April 15, 2018

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

Aug. 23, 2018

Classes commence for the fall term.

If you have questions about recruiting events or the admissions schedule, please contact or 803-777-2748.