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Admissions Process

Doctoral - Admissions ProcessThe Accounting, Management, Management Science and Marketing departments will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

All applicants must complete an application and submit the following supporting documentation: official transcripts documenting all academic work, official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) test scores (GRE may be substituted) and letters of recommendation. International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. Please consult the FAQ pages for the Ph.D. in Business Administration and the Ph.D. in Economics for program-specific admissions requirements for each degree program. All application materials must be received by December 15 to be considered for financial assistance.

Supporting Documentation Checklist

Academic Transcripts
Applicants for degree programs must submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from each institution of higher education attended (except from the University of South Carolina). We do not accept electronic versions of transcripts, nor do we accept transcripts that have been opened or unsealed. Transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline. For transcripts issued in a foreign language, an officially translated version must be submitted. Transcripts should be submitted directly to the Darla Moore School of Business.

Applicants must provide a valid (five years or fewer) GMAT score or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) to be considered for admission. Although the Economics department requires a GRE score, most programs will accept either. You are encouraged to contact the appropriate department to see if their is a preferred score.  Please use the appropriate code to ensure test scores are sent directly to the University of South Carolina. The institutional/program code for the Moore School doctoral program for GMAT scores is JV2-TP-78 and for GRE scores is 5818. It is not necessary to include a departmental code.

Letters of Recommendation (2 required)
The Moore School requires at least two letters of recommendation, although an applicant may submit additional letters. Please note an individual department may request more. We encourage applicants to submit their letters online through our application system. Hard copy letters of recommendation should be written on company/organization letterhead, and include the official signature of the writer. Letters should comment on your academic or professional qualifications. 

International applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must also submit a valid (two years old or fewer) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is: 5818.

You may mail any application materials that cannot be submitted online to:

Ph.D. Program
Graduate Admissions
Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Please contact us for more information or 803-777-2748.