Overview

Applicants
67
Acceptance Rate
64%
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
-
GPA
-

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

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

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
48

89.58
Full-time
20.83
Female
10.42
Part-time
4.17
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://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/moore/academic_departments_and_research/sustainable_enterprise/

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://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/moore/academic_departments_and_research/sustainable_enterprise/page_prize/

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$85,923
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
63%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
65%
School Facilitiated
35%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

59%
Other
41%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

71%
South
12%
Midwest
12%
Southwest
6%
Northeast

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
Other 59% $91,000 $90,833 $70,000 $115,000
Finance / Accounting 41% $80,000 $81,714 $60,000 $100,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 47% $92,000 $90,000 $60,000 $115,000
Manufacturing 35% $87,000 $85,667 $70,000 $100,000
Financial Services 18% $80,000 $76,667 $70,000 $80,000

Prominent Alumni

Taylor Moss
Chief of Staff for the CEO, UnitedHealthcare Global

Kate Williams
Impact Manager, Fair Trade USA

Kristen Dozier
Senior Management Consultant, KPMG

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$43,142
Tuition (Out-State)
$71,580
Fees (In-State)
$440
Fees (Out-State)
$440

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$741
Tuition (Out-State)
$741
Fees (In-State)
$19
Fees (Out-State)
$19

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
47

In State
36.2%
Out of State
63.8%
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

4.30%
Underrepresented Minorities
27.70%
International

32% female
68% 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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