UofSC MBA Grads Gain Competitive Advantage with Specialization

Internships were once regarded as the holy grail of experiential learning. The on-the-job experience was often key to boosting student skills and making a candidate more appealing to potential employers.

Today, says Doug Hanslip, director of career services at the Darla Moore School of Business, internships are more akin to entry-level jobs. “In many cases, having a degree with industry specialization and the accompanying skill certifications makes you a better, more differentiated and qualified candidate.”

But, says Hanslip, the deep specialization you can get from an MBA focused in an area such as finance, marketing, supply chain or global strategy can be further complemented by certification in a skill such as business analytics, enterprise resource planning or supply chain. And those skills can deliver key benefits for job searchers or the newly employed.

“Employers will move their consideration of a candidate up and, in many cases, pay a premium for students with those certifications or functional skillsets. Our graduates also find that when they join the workforce, the curriculum moves them ahead of peers — even those from other acclaimed business schools,” he says. “On the job, many also see a higher acceleration of promotion as a result.”

Moore School students within the One-Year MBA program and the nation’s No. 1 International MBA program gain deep, functional knowledge. Adding an MBA enhancement such as industry-level certification makes a graduate that much more of an expert — one with demonstrated expertise and proven skills that can deliver from day one on the job.

“Our graduates don’t just do well on their interviews, they do the job well on day one and hit the ground running,” says Hanslip. “Industry specialization and certifications you can pursue at the Moore School separate you out as top talent.”

Beyond functional specialization and industry certifications, students can also gain valuable skills through the school’s on-campus research and partnership centers and student business clubs and organizations. More than simply bolstering your resume, involvement in professional associations or clubs along with participating in project-based classes that feature experiential learning opportunities shows you have a real passion and drive to attain more experience and knowledge. Participation can also broaden your network with fellow Moore School graduates, industry insiders and partner companies.

As you learn skills, adds Hanslip, you have the opportunity to enhance your marketability to the workforce. That’s an edge the Moore School works hard to deliver for MBA candidates.

To learn more about the One-Year MBA or International MBA programs, email Diondra Smalls Black or call her at 803-777-3709.

Jennifer Ninh
Managing Director, Full-time MBA Programs