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Darla Moore School of Business


No, each department has a different admissions schedule; some admitting every year, some admitting every other year.


  1. Management, Management Science, Marketing: Admit every year.
  2. Economics, Accounting, International Business, Finance: Admit every other year.

For specific information on which program is currently admitting, please visit the admissions requirements page. The admissions calendar is updated every year by early August.

Typically, the two deadlines are scheduled for Dec. 15 and Jan. 15.

Please visit the admissions requirements page to confirm that such deadlines are accurate for this specific admissions season. Each department has its own admissions committee, which starts to review applications shortly after each deadline.

Given the limited availability of space in the program, all completed applications received by the first deadline receive preferential review. Applications submitted by the second deadline are welcome and receive consideration as per space availability. To be considered by the committee, applications must be fully completed including: required (official or unofficial) transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation. All applications receive the same consideration for departmental funding package (typical for all P.hD. students), but applications received Dec.16-Jan.15  may not be eligible for specific fellowships made available by the university.

To submit an application, a non-refundable application fee of $100 is required for all applicants. Payment is only available online via electronic check or credit card. Details are available within the online application for admission.

Because this application fee is a requirement set by the university, we don’t have the ability to provide or process an application fee waiver. Only applicants who meet the specific criteria included in the Application Fee Waiver [pdf] are eligible to apply for one. Review the eligible criteria and the corresponding procedure for more information.

No. However, students who have master's degrees are more competitive for admission.

To earn a Ph.D., a student must complete at least 60 credit hours beyond a bachelor's degree (including 12 hours of dissertation preparation). Applicants who have earned a master’s degree may waive/exempt—pending departmental approval—some credits (up to 6 credits for Ph.D. in Business Administration, up to 12 credits for Ph.D. in Economics).

Yes. All financial aid awards decisions are made on a merit basis.

Our stipends are nationally competitive and vary by department. Detailed information regarding the financial package level is outlined in the admission letter for each accepted candidate. Feel free to contact the program director for more information.


With satisfactory academic progress, students can expect to receive a 100 percent tuition waiver for five years. For more detailed information, please review the "Funding Package" section on the Tuition and Fees page.

The university requires for all students to purchase health insurance coverage. All Moore School P.hD. students receive yearly university-sponsored health insurance policy coverage (policy cost covered by the Ph.D. program) for up to five years. Students who chose to use their own insurance policy/provider may do so by opting out of the university’s requirement, but the Ph.D. program only covers the cost of the university-sponsored insurance program, not any other insurance policy.

The Ph.D. program covers the cost of university-sponsored insurance only for the individual student. A spouse and/or child can be covered under the university-sponsored insurance at an additional cost paid by the student.


Students receiving graduate assistantships are issued an I-20 form without any additional financial certification needed.


The program is structured to be completed on a full-time basis and typically takes five years to complete.

Students are considered for admission based on previous academic performance, GMAT/GRE scores, statement of career objectives, letters of reference and work experience. The weight given to these individual criteria varies according to the area of concentration (i.e., accounting, marketing, finance, etc.), but in general terms, all departments take a wholistic approach to reviewing all applications. For more information, please visit the "admissions criteria" section of the admission requirements page.

It depends on which program/concentration you are applying to. Most accept both tests.

Program/Concentration GMAT GRE
Accounting Strongly Preferred Accepted
Economics Not accepted Required
Finance Accepted Accepted
International Business Accepted Accepted
International Finance Accepted Accepted
Management Accepted Accepted
Management Science Accepted Accepted
Marketing Accepted Accepted


The admissions committee looks at various parts of the application to make a final decision including test scores, letters of recommendation, statement of career objectives and transcripts. For this reason, and giving the holistic approach of the application review, there is no minimum required score. Space availability is competitive and committee expectations for GRE/GMAT scores tend to be on the high percentile range; typically around 60-70% and above.

Given that each program has a different admissions committee, that each program admits a small amount of applicants (typically two or three), that some programs admit only every other year, and that some applicants take the GRE and some the GMAT, we believe that providing a historical GMAT/GRE average of successful applicants is not statistically relevant and may not provide a realistic and fair benchmark for the applicant. For this reason, rather than providing a historical average, we provide a general expected percentile (around the 60-70% and above) and emphasize the fact that all committees take a holistic approach to reviewing the application; hence taking all aspects into consideration.

If you are required to take a language proficiency test (visit the "admissions criteria" section of the admission requirements page for more information), the minimum required scores are as follows: 

Test Score
TOEFL ibt:   100 (no specific requirement for any of the test sections)
IELTS 7.0 (no specific requirement for any of the test sections)
PTE Academics 68 (no specific requirement for any of the test sections)


To have official test scores sent to us directly by the test administrator, use the following institutional/program codes:

Test Code
GMAT 5818
TOEFL 5818

No code. Select "University of South Carolina" as score recipient when taking the test.


No code. Select "University of South Carolina" as score recipient when taking the test.


International applicants who hold a degree from a U.S. institution do not need to apply for this waiver. The requirement to present language proficiency results is automatically waived based on the transcript from a U.S.-earned degree included in the application.

For international applicants who have earned a degree from a non-U.S. institution where the language of instruction is English, a waiver may be considered. An official waiver request must be emailed to the graduate admissions director and the director of doctoral programs with justification for the waiver request.  The following documents must be included/attached:

  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of the U.S. institution’s transcript(s).
  • Copy of Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT or GRE)
  • If not stated in the transcript, provide an official letter or document from the academic institution stating that the language of instruction for the specific program you completed was English.

To make a final determination, we may also look at various potential indicators of English proficiency such GMAT/GRE scores and any work experience in an English language-based environment. After reviewing all aspects, we reserve the right to require an English Proficiency Test score.

Send Wavier Request

The Ph.D. Programs committee does not have a preference in regards to the TOEFL, IELTS or PTEA for admissions consideration.


Unofficial documents and score reports may be uploaded for application review consideration. If admitted to the program, the student is required to provide official documents before the end of the first semester of enrollment.


The application asks that you enter the information (i.e. name, email) of your recommenders. The system will then send an email asking them to complete and upload their recommendation letter. You may submit the application even if they have not yet submitted their letters. Please keep in mind that the application will not be considered as complete until the letters are uploaded. 



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