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The Darla Moore School of Business seeks to enroll diverse and qualified students. The MAEcon program enrolls students in the fall session.


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 grade point average (GPA) is approximately 3.3. Graduate coursework and/or (whether degree has been earned or not) will also be taken into consideration. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business.

Standardized Test
Applicants must provide a valid (five years old or less) Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for admission to the MAEcon program. The GMAT and GRE are composed of verbal, qualitative, and analytical sections. You can learn more about the GMAT at The institutional/program GMAT code for the school is: JV2-TP-25. For more information about the GRE, visit The GRE code for the University of South Carolina is 5818.

If your college or university offers PDF delivery of transcripts, please provide them with the contact information for our director of admissions to make sure the transcripts are considered official. Transcripts sent to individuals, other than the director of admissions, may not be considered official.

R. Scott King
Director of Admissions
Graduate Division
Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Phone:  803.777.6749
Fax:  803.777.0414

Professional Work Experience

Work experience is not required for the MAEcon program.

Letters of Recommendation (2 required)

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 where 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 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.


Apply Now 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 100 (Internet-based) and 7.0 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The institutional code for the Darla Moore School of Business is: 5818.

See the article in U.S.News & World Report:  How to Get In