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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

Academic Review

Undergraduate performance
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

Standardized Test
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.


Official transcripts can be sent via the following methods:

  • Via email:
  • 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.

Professional Work Experience

Work experience is not required for the MAEcon program.

Letters of Recommendation

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.


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.

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