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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

Academic Criteria

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. Applicants are eligible for review who have the following minimums:

  • At least 40th percentile GRE or GMAT Quantitative
  • At least 40th percentile GRE or GMAT Verbal
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8

Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission to the MAEcon program. Applicants with otherwise strong credentials, but with low standardized test scores, will be encouraged to prepare for and retake the test.

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.

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  the institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818. The minimum score for the IELTS is 7.0. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

Official transcripts can be sent via the following methods:

  • Via email: gradinfo@moore.sc.edu
  • Via fax: 803-777-0414
  • Via mail:
    Director of Graduate Admissions
    Darla Moore School of Business
    1014 Greene St.
    Columbia, SC 29208

Transcripts sent to individuals other than the director of admissions might not be considered official.

Work experience is not required for the MAEcon program.

Two letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. Within the online application, you will provide the email addresses for two contacts that you want to provide you a recommendation. Your recommenders will receive an online form to complete at the email address you provide for them. 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 an optional personal essay. This essay can be used to explain circumstances of any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns or provide additional information you feel the online application did not capture.

Application Fee Refund

In cases where the application fee presents a financial hardship for an applicant, the Moore School will consider a request for a fee refund. Apply for an application fee refund.


Application Deadlines

The MAEcon program admits for the fall semester only.

  • Priority: Nov. 1
  • Normal Decision: Feb. 1
  • Late Decision: June 15

Admission Process


Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made when the application is complete and all supporting documents, including official test scores (GMAT or GRE), are received. All aspects of the application are equally important and are carefully reviewed by the admission committee.

Financial Awards

All applicants are considered for financial awards upon admission. Applicants are encouraged to submit and complete their application by Feb.1 to receive best consideration for financial awards. Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered for financial awards as funds are available.

Enrollment Deposit

To secure your seat in our MAEcon program, we require a $1,000 enrollment deposit. This is a nonrefundable pre-payment of your first semester's tuition. It is strongly encouraged that you pay your seat fee as early as possible after admission to secure your seat in our program.


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