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FAQ

The Moore School MBA team realizes that starting an MBA program is a large undertaking. Below you will find a compiled list of some the most frequent questions asked by incoming applicants.

How can I speak to the MBA Admissions team or schedule a visit to the school?
We encourage all prospective applicants to engage with the MBA team to ensure that the International MBA is the right fit for your needs. In addition, our on-campus visits are a great way to learn more about International MBA, attend class, and connect with current students. Be sure to Contact Us or Visit the School to learn more about the program. In addition, we travel to a number of cities in the United States and internationally each year and welcome the opportunity to meet you at one of our upcoming Admissions Events.

Who is a typical International MBA student?
Our diverse candidates come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds prior to joining the program. In addition, international students add a valuable dimension to the classroom cohort. Our students are comfortable living and working in different countries and have a high tolerance for ambiguity, given the dynamic structure of our program. Our Class Profile provides additional information on the makeup of our candidates.

How important is work experience?
Two-years or more of significant, professional work experience is required prior to the start of the program. Individuals can be considered for admission if they do not meet the work experience requirement at the time they submit their application, but the two-year requirement must be met by the start of the program. Prior work experience is an important part of classroom discussions and post-International MBA career placement.

How important is the GMAT or GRE?
The MBA Admissions Committee requires either the GMAT or the GRE for admissions consideration and does not have a preference of one exam over the other. For admissions consideration, the committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing an application. This means that all aspects of your application are carefully evaluated, including your GMAT or GRE score. The committee will also look at prior work experience, letters of recommendation, prior academic performance and the quality of your admissions interview. Most admitted applicants have scored in the 650-700 range on the GMAT and 310-322 range on the GRE.

What test is required if English is not my first language?
The Moore School requires international applicants whose native language is not English to submit a valid TOEFL (95 or better iBt), IELTS (7.0 or better), or PTEA (68 or better). The Admissions Committee does not have a preference for which test is submitted and the test must be less than two-years old. 

Does the International MBA program offer scholarships?
Yes. All admitted applicants are considered for scholarship opportunities and your admissions application also serves as your scholarship application. Additional information on scholarship opportunities can be found in the Financing Your Education section.

Is it required that I learn a language in the International MBA?
Yes. The language immersion is an integral part of the International MBA experience and is a requirement for degree completion. Students first start with introductory language classes on-campus prior to completing their in-country language instruction. No prior knowledge of your chosen language track is required when you start the program. It is also common for students who speak multiple languages to use this opportunity to learn a new language or strengthen their expertise in a language they already have prior knowledge in.

When does the International MBA start?
The International MBA starts in early July of each year (Summer II term). In addition, all students are required to attend orientation which starts in late June.

Is the program fee an annual fee?
No. The program fee is charge for the duration of the program, not per year. The program fee is charged instead of a per credit hour fee. Additional information can be found in Tuition & Fees.

How long does it take to complete the International MBA?
The International MBA is completed in 22-34 months depending upon the language track chosen. For students that choose Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French or German tracks the completion time is 22 months. For students that choose Japanese, Chinese or Arabic, the completion time is 34 months due to the extended timeframe of the language immersion.

Does the International MBA have any joint degree options?
Yes. The JD/International MBA is offered in conjunction with the School of Law at the University of South Carolina. Individuals complete their first two years of law school prior to starting the International MBA portion of the joint program. Additional information is provided regarding the JD/International MBA including admissions requirements and a joint degree timeline. 

When is the best time to apply?
Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Individuals that apply during by the Priority and Round I deadlines are given the best consideration for admissions and scholarship funding. We encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to ensure enough time to secure a student visa. If you have waited until rolling admissions it is best to contact MBA Admissions to ensure space is available. Be sure to stay informed about upcoming Admissions Deadlines.

Does the International MBA program have prerequisite courses?
No. However, we do recommend that incoming MBA students have basic knowledge of financial accounting principles, statistics and Microsoft Excel. In addition, all undergraduate majors are welcome to apply.

Can I work during the International MBA?
The International MBA is full-time and we recommend not working more than 10-15 hours per week. It is advisable not to work when you first start in the Summer II term due to the initial course load. Domestic and international student do have the opportunity to be considered for paid Graduate Assistantship opportunities and additional part-time, on-campus opportunities while they are in Columbia. Additional information can be found in Financing Your Education.   

Can I complete the program part-time?
No. The Moore School's top-ranked Professional MBA program is designed for working professionals with classes offered on evenings and weekends.