Getting Ready to Apply?

I’ve been in graduate admissions long enough to know applications seem overwhelming. The good news? The University of South Carolina MBA application system lets you work on your application as you go. You can save what you’ve done and pick it back up at another time.

Here are a few things I’d like you to know as you begin to think about starting that online application.

First, your test scores aren’t the be-all and end-all of your application. Your recommendations often speak to analytic ability and leadership potential that a test can’t. While academics are an important part of your story, how you approach your current and past professional work matters too.

Here’s what you can expect during the application process.

Step One: You’ll create a profile.
Once you create a profile, any work you do will be saved, but not submitted. This is the place to share basic details about you, your achievements and how our MBA program fits you. If you enter the MBA program you’re interested in and the term you’d like to begin, our admissions advisors can help you fine-tune your application based on their extensive admissions experience.

Step Two: You’ll need some supporting paperwork.
I recommend collecting your documentation a few weeks before you begin the application process so you’ll have everything you need when you need it. Unofficial documents with transcripts and test scores are okay for your application. Just know you’ll need to produce official copies if admitted.

What you’ll need:

  • Official transcripts from any undergraduate or graduate institutions you attended and received credits from
  • A resume highlighting your successes with as much qualitative data as possible
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • GMAT or GRE scores (either will be accepted)
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTEA (if your degree is from a non-English-speaking institution)

Step Three: Complete the application and essays.
Read the instructions carefully and make sure you complete all the application fields. As you write essays, incorporate information about you and your passions.

Step Four:  Submit your application and pay the application fee.
When you’re ready, submit your completed application. While you can only submit your application once, you can update information if needed.

Step Five: Interview
Interviews are by invitation only, following a preliminary review of your application. Our Admissions Committee reviews applications after interviews to arrive at an admissions decision.

Step Six: Decision
Decisions are typically made two weeks after the interview date. You will be notified of the decision via email. Applicants not selected for interviews also will be notified via email of their admissions status.

My advice? The bottom line on your application is that it has to leave the Admissions Committee with a distinct impression of you. Can they see what you’re like as a person, collaborator and business professional? Can they learn about how you’ve dealt with and grown from challenging situations? Your accomplishments? As you complete your application, use your life and experiences to tell your story.

Visit our website more information about admissions or contact the admissions team for assistance at any time. Good luck!

Jennifer Ninh
Managing Director, Full-time MBA Programs