Overview

Applicants
263
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.16
Years Work Experience
8.6
Average Age
33

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
610 - 680
GPA
2.83 - 3.51

Deadlines


Round 1
October 15

Round 2
December 1

Round 3
January 15

Round 4
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
109

81.7
Full-time
26.6
Female
18.3
Part-time
7.3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Widely considered "one of the top institutions to study international business," the Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina offers an "alternative program to traditional business school" through its flagship international MBA (IMBA) program (although it does offer a professional MBA and a one-year MBA as well). The IMBA program exposes Moore's students to a combination of "international work experience, education, and opportunity to learn a new language while completing [an] MBA." The program's required core classes make lead to "well-rounded" students. In the IMBA program, "the first seven months are spent doing a year 's worth of core classes. Students are very tightly woven to provide each other academic, mental, and social support. The next three (or ten) months are spent overseas learning another language…then a five to seven-month internship, internationally or domestically, followed by a year of electives (in Columbia or abroad)."

Supporting the unique structure of the program are the school's "extremely talented" and "stellar" professors who "truly bring a wealth of international experience into the classroom." These professors "teach worldwide and use cases, simulations, and other situations to help us get a better understanding of how our decisions interact instead of just reading text." They make "the most abstract material understandable." As a result, students develop "a deep understanding of business fundamentals." Particularly noteworthy is the Global Supply Chain and Operations Management department which "prepares students to manage supply chains in a global environment, and provides students with operations management knowledge and practical training that puts them at the same level [as] engineers currently working at Fortune 500 companies."

While generally pleased with the quality of their professors, students are a bit more critical of the business school's administration which "is new and has some kinks to work out." On a more positive note, students feel that the administration is "open to working with the students to improve the school community, which makes up for a lack of organization and gives students a chance to gain valuable leadership skills." One recent development that is generating a lot of excitement among the students is the new "green" "multimillion dollar business school building" which was designed with "input from everyone," including "undergrads, master 's [students], PhD [students], [and] staff" and which all hope will "bring unbelievable opportunities for future students."


Concentrations

Accounting
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Human Resources
Finance
International Business
Investment Banking
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Business Administration
Economics
Human Resources
International Business
Taxation

Certificate Programs

Data Analytics
Leadership/Management

Center for Research

Accounting
Economics
Entrepeneurship
Human Resources
Finance
International Business
Marketing
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://moore.sc.edu/about/sustainableenterprisedevelopment/educationresearch.aspx

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Darla Moore School of Business moved into its new building in the summer of 2014. Our intent is to operate a LEED certified building with net zero status.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Page Prize - http://moore.sc.edu/about/sustainableenterprisedevelopment/pageprize.aspx

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$89,300
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
71%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
69%
School Facilitiated
31%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

26%
Marketing
26%
Consulting
14%
Operations/Logistics
14%
General Management
14%
Finance/Accounting
5%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

67%
South
14%
Northeast
10%
Midwest
5%
Southwest
2%
International
2%
Mid-Atlantic

Students Say

The majority of students surveyed expressed the need to improve the Office of Career Management (OCM) which they suggested should "spend less time 'coaching' students and more time focusing on building relationships with employers" as well as "reach out to a more diverse company base including ones from a wider geographic range." They also point out that "the highly-touted internship experience has suffered in recent years—the result of a failure to maintain relationships with companies (specifically in Latin America)." Students realize that not all of the blame falls on the OCM and acknowl- edge that "classes are small and our alumni network is small as a result. We attract some Fortune 500 companies who recruit on campus, but because there aren't as many of us out there in leadership, sometimes it is harder for us to get our foot in the door with these companies and during the recession we were one of the first schools cut from recruiting trips as a result." One of the more optimistic students has hopes for a brighter future and observes, "The Office of Career Management has partnered this year with a new external company and I believe they are doing a good job at providing students with placement services in a difficult hiring environment."

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 26% $107,500 $103,649 $65,000 $130,000
Marketing / Sales 26% $80,000 $78,070 $45,000 $120,000
Finance / Accounting 14% $88,500 $85,917 $51,500 $115,000
Operations / Logistics 14% $80,000 $77,667 $62,000 $86,000
General Management 14% $101,000 $100,000 $80,000 $118,000
Other 5%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 24% $107,500 $104,649 $75,000 $130,000
Financial Services 19% $87,500 $90,500 $72,000 $120,000
Manufacturing 17% $86,500 $88,833 $70,000 $110,000
Other 10% $75,000 $79,333 $45,000 $118,000
Consumer Products 7% $95,000 $94,066 $85,200 $102,000
Technology 7% $75,000 $80,000 $50,000 $115,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 5%
Government 2%

Prominent Alumni

David B. Holl (MBA 1984)
President & Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay, Inc.

Gary M. Parsons (MBA 1977)
Chief Executive Officer, NextNav, LLC

Wayne M. Rehberger (PMBA 1983)
Chief Financial Officer, TASC, Inc.

Barry L. Saunders (PMBA 1981)
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Sonoco

Christoph Seibel (IMBA 1998)
Managing Director & Head of Corporate Debt Capital Markets-Europe, RBC Capital Markets

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$16,194

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$3,367

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
68%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
66%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
92%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
89%

New Students Receiving Loans
54%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$21,571
Tuition (Out-State)
$35,790
Fees (In-State)
$440
Fees (Out-State)
$440

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$705
Tuition (Out-State)
$705
Fees (In-State)
$17
Fees (Out-State)
$17

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,595
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,595
Academic Expenses
$1,023

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
563
Part Time
86%

In State
31.3%
Out of State
68.8%
Foreign Countries Represented
5

Demographics

8.75%
Underrepresented Minorities
20.00%
International

36% female
64% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The city of Columbia "is small but the student population makes going out fun" and "football is king." Despite its "good bar scene and nightlife," many of the students are "too busy during the core to enjoy the Columbia area. During your second year you have more of a chance, but it is a challenge to become involved in the community out- side of the business school." The school campus provides "a lot of social and cultural activities" and has "everything from the normal Finance Club to Net Impact and even a Wine Society. We organize plenty of intramural teams and usually open them up to most people in the class."

The school attracts "a diverse set of students from Peace Corps volunteers to Fortune 500 company employees," to "Mormons with families" who all form a "very close-knit community." One student offers the more general observation that "half the students are more conservative and half are more liberal." While coming from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences, "all are interested in new adventures and experiences particularly those having to do with learning aspects of other cultures and how their business practices differ from U.S. standards." "Overall, everyone is friendly and the atmosphere was one more of cooperation than competition."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Scott King
Director, Admissions-Graduate Programs

Address
Darla Moore School of Business, Office of Graduate Admissions
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

Phone
803-777-2730

Fax

Email
gradinfo@moore.sc.edu


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