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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 (PMBA) 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

PMBA 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 are required to have at least two years of full-time, 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. Candidate resumes may be longer than one page. 

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the PMBA 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 electronically or to the Moore School's Graduate Admissions office at the address below in a sealed envelope from the respective institution. The Moore School may have access to transcripts of UofSC graduates. Please reach out to your recruiting manager to determine if there is any further action 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
USA

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

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 PMBA 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 UofSC is 5818.

Prospective PMBA applicants who meet certain requirements may request a GMAT/GRE waiver. To be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver, candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher* and fully satisfy the requirements of one of the following options:

*Exceptional waiver applicants with extenuating circumstances that contributed to a poor academic performance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Option A (Exemplary Professional or Military Experience Waiver)
Candidates must possess at least seven years of professional or military experience with increasing levels of responsibility. The candidate’s experience should demonstrate leadership, problem-solving ability and analytical thinking.

Option B (Advanced Degree Waiver)
Candidates must possess a master's or doctoral degree. Candidates with advanced degrees are required to demonstrate preparedness based on quantitatively oriented coursework or work experience.

Please note that the GMAT/GRE waiver is a competitive process and no waiver is automatic. 

For consideration for a GMAT/GRE test waiver, PMBA candidates must submit a complete PMBA admission application. Please reach out to your PMBA recruiter to see if you are competitive for a GMAT/GRE test waiver. Waiver applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. The fall deadline for priority consideration for a GMAT/GRE test waiver is April 1, and the spring deadline for priority consideration is Sept. 1.

To apply, a completed 2020 GMAT/GRE Test Waiver Request Form AND the required two waiver essays (described below) should be uploaded to the Moore School graduate admission application website.

Required essay topics

1. Please describe your professional accomplishments, management roles and responsibilities. Compelling facts may include number of direct reports, budget management, facility oversight, sales success, cost savings and problem-solving skills.

2. Provide one to two examples that detail your applied analytical and quantitative skills and the resulting outcomes for your organization.

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). The TOEFL institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818. The minimum score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 7.0. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test. Some applicants may qualify for a TOEFL exemption. Please reach out to a PMBA recruiter today to learn more.

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

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

  • Applicants in the Charlotte, Greenville or Spartanburg areas should reach out to Melissa Nagle.
  • Applicants in the Columbia, the Lowcountry, Savannah or Augusta areas should reach out to Kathy Rollins.

Admissions Decisions

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

Entry Term Application Deadline Notification Date
Spring 2020 (January) 1 Round 1 Oct. 15, 2019
  Round 2: Oct. 1, 2019 Nov. 1, 2019
  Round 3: Nov. 1, 2019 2 ASAP
 Fall 2020 (August) Round 1 May 15, 2020
  Round 2: June 1, 2020 July 15, 2020
  Round 3: July 15, 2020 2 ASAP

Spring 2020 application deadlines have recently been revised.
2 Applications submitted after the final deadline for each entry term will be processed on a case by case basis. Please contact  the PMBA recruiting team if you wish you apply after the last deadline.

Onboarding Process for New PMBA Students

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

The PMBA 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. 


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