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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  Jun 15, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration, P.M.B.A.

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The Professional Master of Business Administration program is an non-traditional M.B.A. program designed for working professionals and attracts students from a broad range of business and industry. The program is delivered live to many locations in South Carolina and Charlotte, N.C. Each location is equipped for two-way communication with the professor during class.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communication skills: Students will be able to be able to engage in effective business communication, with competencies demonstrated for both oral and written communication. 
  • Business Acumen: Students will acquire in-depth knowledge in the core foundational courses of business to understand the operations of the modern business corporation. 
  • Data-driven decision-making skills: Students will examine the role of quantitative data in managerial decision-making. They will understand the importance and roles of different types of data (financial, economic, accounting, etc.) Utilize appropriate format for presentation of data. 
  • Global business competencies: Students will be able to draw upon their understanding of the international business environment to address complex business or economic questions. 


Requirements for admission to the program conform to the general regulations of The Graduate School and the accreditation standards of AACSB International-the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of standardized test score performance, professional experience, previous scholastic performance, professional recommendations, a clear statement of purpose and, in some cases, a personal interview. We are pleased to consider a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement for applicants with advanced degrees and/or significant and progressive professional experience supported by an exceptional academic record. Please contact our recruiting team to discuss your individual circumstances. Prospective students can apply online at

International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. Otherwise-qualified candidates are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least iBT 100 or 600 paper-based or a score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS exam. The TOEFL is not required of international students who have a degree from an American college or university. Graduates of foreign universities or colleges who have completed an academic program equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution are encouraged to apply for admission.

A profile of recently successful applicants to this program include a GRE score of 306 or a GMAT score of 590, competitive academic record, more than 7 years of business-related experience, two letters of reference from professionals  highlighting the potential for success in this graduate program, a clear and articulate statement of purpose from the candidate, and a positive impression in a personal interview, if an interview is deemed necessary.

Please visit the Darla Moore School of Business  website for admissions information.

Degree Requirements (48 Hours)

The degree requirements include the following courses in the Moore School of Business:

Elective courses in the Moore School of Business (21 Hours)

These electives are chosen from a number of approved elective offerings of the Moore School of Business.

To complete the international business concentration, students are required to take four of their seven electives in international business. One of these electives must be IBUS 750 , an offshore learning experience.

Finance Concentration

An emphasis in finance will prepare students for senior positions in financial service industries such as banking and investment management firms, as well as corporate finance positions. Finance courses provide a core set of skills in financial modeling, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, financial reporting and analysis.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration

The innovation and entrepreneurship concentration focuses on providing PMBA students with the skills and competencies needed to excel in the following areas:

  • developing and launching new ventures, whether as standalone entities or as new businesses within established corporations
  • managing and funding small businesses and scalable new ventures
  • directing the development of new products and services
  • ensuring that appropriate strategies are in place to protect/appropriate the value associated with these new ideas and initiatives

Marketing Concentration

Marketing managers must see customers, products and services as assets. The PMBA Marketing Concentration builds skills in marketing strategy, research and consumer behavior. Courses in customer relationship management/datamining and internet marketing are also offered.

P.M.B.A. Banking Track

The banking track of the Professional MBA program is designed for students and graduates of several graduate schools of banking. Students in the banking track take 13 courses (the 9 core courses and 4 electives).

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