The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina landed at No. 48 in the 2023 rankings this year – 7 places behind their No. 41 place last year. Across the three methodological categories, Darla Moore School had a fairly even score, placing 52nd in Career Outcomes, 45th in Admissions, and 55th in Academic Experience.
The B-School had an acceptance rate of 57.61% for the Class of 2023, a tad more selective than last year’s 59.68%, and average SAT score of 1252, slightly up from the Class of 2022’s score of 1248.
On the employment front, the Moore School is trending upwards. The B-School saw an impressive 95.65% of the Class of 2023 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation, up from the strong 93.93% for the Class of 2021 and 84.83% for the Class of 2020. As for internships, 69.79% of the Class of 2022 secured a business-focused internship before graduation, up slightly from 65.90% for the Class of 2021.
STRONG CURRICULUM FOUNDATION
The Moore School continues to garner national recognition for its highly competitive, small, elite program in International Business. The Moore School also offers eight academically demanding programs, a concentration in business analytics that attracts over 800 students annually, project-based coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and a wide array of study abroad options.
Moore undergraduates can choose from majors including Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management (with tracks in Human Resources and Entrepreneurship), Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain, Real Estate, and Risk Management & Insurance. Many students complement their first major with a second major in business and also enhance their degree with a concentration in Business Analytics.
Alumni view the Moore education relatively well giving an 8.4 average rating in terms of the quality of teaching in business courses. 2019 alumni also gave an 8.8 average rating for faculty availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class. When asked if they would recommend the Moore program to a close friend or colleague interested in an undergraduate business degree, 2019 alumni gave a strong 9.1 average rating.
GLOBAL BUSINESS IS A FOCUS
On top of the core business classes, international business majors also take courses on globalization and business, international financial management, foreign market entry and growth, and more. All international business majors must complete a second business major — a very important choice because it’s this major where first jobs are typically landed.
Students can choose the Classic International Business program or one of the Cohort programs including the Chinese business track, European Business track, Global Business track, Middle East and North Africa business track, South American business track, or tracks in Eurasian Business or Global Business Innovation.
What really makes the international business program at the Moore School strong are the study abroad opportunities it offers. An overwhelming number of 2018 alumni we surveyed highlighted the lasting impact that study abroad had on both their personal and professional lives.
“For my International Business degree, I was required to study abroad for a semester at a top business school somewhere in the world. I chose to study at Fudan University in Shanghai, China,” said another. “I’m very thankful that this abroad experience was required through my program, because, as someone who would like to work with China in the future, it is key for me to understand the Chinese from a business perspective, a cultural perspective, and a linguistic perspective. This experience gave me all three of those aspects.”
QUALITY PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
Project-based learning is a huge component at the Moore School. Many class projects feature the valuable experience of working with a real business to solve a real problem. With project-based learning and real-world applications, Moore students enter the professional world with impressive experience and skillsets.
“We were given the opportunity to work with and consult for a real business,” one 2018 alumni told us. “This helped exponentially in bringing what we had learned in the classroom to real-world practice. Being in consulting now, I was able to practice some of my skills and make determinations on what clients will react best to.”
“We got to work with start-up companies in my management classes and had to create a legitimate business plan to help the company take off,” another 2018 alumni said.
Overall, the Moore School is a solid choice for anyone intent on pursuing an international business degree. However, the B-school also offers a quality education that ensures all students get the foundational business knowledge and practical experience they need to succeed.
“Spending an entire marketing class developing a comprehensive marketing strategy for an existing business was an invaluable experience. Learning what a marketing position post-grad would entail was extremely helpful in determining what direction I wanted to take my marketing degree.”
“Was a part of the Operations and Supply Chain Capstone Consulting experience where we were partnered with one of the Southeast’s largest hospital systems to do a logistics redesign of their med-surg/linen supply to three of their hospitals.”
“With both my B.S.B.A (Global Supply Chain Operations and Management, Business Economics, and French Minor) and my Master’s of International Business (Global Strategy and International Leadership) I had unique opportunities to engage with local professionals and large international companies that are local in South Carolina. The teachers, directors, and advisors were always willing and able to help, while also pushing us to meet our future goals.”
Top Employers Of The Class Of 2022:
Bank of America 15
Ernst & Young 14
Wells Fargo 9
Truist Financial 9
Manhattan Associates 8
McKinsey & Company 5