The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina landed at No. 57 this year. Improving three spots from last year, the Darla Moore School took a balanced approach, finishing 58th in employment outcomes, 60th in admissions standards, and 64th in academic experience.
The Moore School had an acceptance rate of 67.10% this year and an average SAT score of 1271, showing slightly increased selectivity compared to last year’s acceptance rate of 69% and average SAT score of 1299. Employment wise, the Moore School saw a small dip this year with 84.83% of the Class of 2020 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation and 67.82% having a business-focused internship before graduation, compared to last year’s 85.78% employment and 73.92% internship outcomes.
With its strong international business program and project-based learning, the Moore School develops students into leaders in global business.
STRONG CURRICULUM FOUNDATION
Moore undergraduates can choose from 12 different majors including Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain, Real Estate, and Risk Management and Insurance. Additionally, undergraduates can choose to concentrate on Business Analytics.
All undergraduates start with general education classes as part of the Carolina Core, which includes courses ranging from communication to global citizenship and multicultural understanding. Students also take part in the Business Core curriculum which sets the foundation for more advanced business courses. Business Core classes include introductory courses on accounting, economics, finance, and more.
Alumni view the Moore education relatively well giving an 8.6 average rating in terms of the quality of teaching in business courses. 2018 alumni also gave an 8.9 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, 2018 alumni gave a strong 9.4 average rating.
GLOBAL BUSINESS IS A FOCUS
The Moore School is best known for its highly ranked international business program.
On top of the core classes on “global citizenship and multicultural understanding,” international business students also take courses on international finance management, foreign market entry and growth, and more. Students can choose from five business tracks including the Chinese business track, Middle East, and North Africa business track, European business track, South American business track, or Eurasian business track.
While the global focus of its courses is impressive, 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.
“As part of the International Business program, I had the opportunity to study abroad at an incredible institution (Keio University) in Tokyo, Japan. The business courses I was able to take at Keio allowed me to develop an understanding of economics and business in Asia. Not only that, I was able to attend a seminar taught by Haruhiko Kuroda (Governor of the Bank of Japan),” one 2018 alumni told us. “Studying abroad also forced me to experience adapting to new and foreign surroundings where I had a language barrier. Tokyo is a beautiful city with so much to experience. On top of that, I was able to make life-long friends from all over the world during my study abroad. I look back on my time in Tokyo and am so thankful for having had that opportunity from both an academic and personal growth standpoint. The IB program at the Moore School was equally enriching, unique, and amazing. I have incredible respect for all the professors I had. If I could, I would do it all over again.”
“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.”
Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:
PwC – 9
Amazon – 8
Bank of America – 7
IBM – 7
Smith & Nephew – 7
Vanguard – 7
Ernst & Young – 6
Boeing – 5
Grant Thornton – 5
Integration Point – 5
Wells Fargo – 5