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Darla Moore School of Business

Admission Requirements

The Darla Moore School of Business seeks to enroll diverse and qualified students. 

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MHR program. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0. Graduate course work or (whether degree has been earned) will also be taken into consideration. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business.

Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) GMAT score or the GRE to be considered for admission to the MHR program. The GMAT and GRE are composed of verbal, qualitative and analytical sections. The institutional/program GMAT code for the school is JV2-TP-36. The GRE code for UofSC is 5818.

* The MHR program’s admission committee reviews applications holistically (e.g., resume, transcripts, test scores, personal statement, recommendation letters) when determining admission. However, some applicants may feel that GRE or GMAT scores do not entirely reflect their aptitude, academic preparedness, or potential for success in the program. Hence, although we strongly recommend including a competitive GRE or GMAT score in applications, the committee recognizes this is not an option for all applicants and has made GRE or GMAT scores optional for the fall 2023 application and admission cycle. Please get in touch with the program at with questions.  

Non-U.S. candidates who do not hold a degree from a United States 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 105 (internet-based), and the institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is 5818. The minimum score is 7.5 for the IELTS. Please make sure you select the University of South Carolina as a score recipient when taking the test.

You can attach unofficial transcripts to your online application for the review process.  Transcripts are required from every institution attended for course credit, even if a degree was not awarded.  Official transcripts are required for enrollment and must be sent before the end of your first term to continue in the program.  Documentation includes grade sheets, a statement of degree(s) awarded and the date each degree was conferred.  International universities often have separate grade sheets and certificates showing proof of degree. 

Electronic Transcript Service (Clearinghouse, EScript, Parchment): 

Mail Transcripts:
Graduate Admissions
Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29208 

Note: the digital transcript service SPEEDE only sends documents to Undergraduate Admissions.  Once you receive confirmation that your SPEEDE transcript has been downloaded, please forward the notification to so we can request your transcript to be sent to us. 

Work experience is not required for the MHR program, but it is preferred. The program values all undergraduate internships or post-undergraduate work experiences.

Two letters of recommendation are required for the admission review. It is acceptable to have either professional or academic letters of recommendation. However, it is encouraged that candidates submit professional letters of reference if possible.

The application for admission requires a statement of purpose (500-word essay) which should outline why you want to earn the MHR degree. There is additional space to add a personal essay. This essay should be used to explain the circumstances of any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns.

Application Fee Waiver

The Moore School recognizes the valuable contribution of applicants associated with a select group of organizations. With this in mind, we waive the application fee for certain sponsors and/or agencies. View the Application Fee Waiver [PDF] for more information.

Application Deadlines

Now reviewing applications for the Fall 2024 cohort.

Application Deadlines:

  • Round 1: Dec. 3
  • Round 2: Feb. 11
  • Round 3: April 22, followed by rolling admission until program is full

Incoming classes are typically made up of approximately 40 students.

Application Process

Students in the MHR program begin classes in the fall semester. Admissions decisions are made once all required materials are submitted.

You must submit an application and all supporting documents.

An admissions interview will be requested by the admissions committee for qualified candidates.

Admission decisions are made when the application is complete and all documents and test score reports are received. Primary criteria considered for admission include undergraduate performance, test scores, interviews and relevant work experience.

To secure your seat in the class, pay the non-refundable $1,000 USD confirmation fee within 30 days of your acceptance notification. Your deposit fee can be paid online using your VIP ID and password to access your account.

You will need your VIP ID and password in order to confirm your award and seat in the class. As a reference, you received your VIP ID and instructions on setting up a password in your acceptance letter sent by the University of South Carolina Graduate School. While creating or retrieving your password, when prompted for your legal name, use your first and last name as listed on your Graduate School acceptance letter.

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