Preparing to Apply for the UofSC PMBA Program

Are you ready to advance your education and career and apply for the University of South Carolina’s Professional MBA program? Applying for the PMBA program requires a bit of planning on your part, but the process is not as intimidating or time consuming as you may think. Plus, with the fall 2020 round-three application deadline on July 15, 2020, there is still plenty of time to prepare and submit your application.

As you prepare to apply for the PMBA program, consider these steps to help you simplify the application process.

  • Begin compiling your transcripts from your previous educational institutions. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the PMBA application, so reach out to the institution if you don’t have an updated version of your transcript.
  • Identify and reach out to individuals who will write your recommendation letters. The PMBA program requires two recommendations, so it is a good idea to begin engaging early with the people who will write your references.
  • Determine your GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)/GRE (Graduate Record Exam) status with the Moore School.
    • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, any PMBA candidate that can demonstrate strong academic performance and quantitative skills may apply for fall 2020 admission without GMAT or GRE scores. Learn more about test exception requirements.
    • If you need standardized test scores to strengthen your application, both the GMAT and GRE are currently offering virtually proctored exams, so there is still time to fulfill this application requirement. You may submit your PMBA application and send in your test scores after you receive them.
    •  Candidates who have previously taken the GMAT or GRE may submit those scores; GMAT and GRE scores remain active for five years.

Once you have gathered your transcripts, recommendations and test scores (if needed), you are ready to begin applying for the PMBA program.

May 2020 PMBA graduate Karen Canup attended an information session, applied for the GMAT/GRE waiver and was accepted into the program in a matter of weeks.

“The application process was very simple. I attended one of the information sessions at the USC-Upstate campus, and the recruiter who hosted the session was very helpful in guiding me through the process,” she said. “It seems very intimidating to take on the challenge of the PMBA program while in the midst of a full-time career, but it is an awesome learning experience and so worth the effort!”

If you have questions about the application process or the program in general, you should contact a PMBA recruiter. Applicants in the Charlotte, Greenville or Spartanburg areas should contact Melissa Nagle; applicants in the Aiken/Augusta, Bluffton, Charleston, Columbia and Parris Island areas should reach out to Kathy Rollins.