Jul 18, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog (as of 08-31-16) 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog (as of 08-31-16) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Mark David Witte, Program Director

Karen Salem, Director of MBA Admissions and Recruitment

Keyana Cordano, Director, MBA Employer Relations & Career Development

Mission Statement

The mission of the MBA Program is to prepare future business leaders to serve our state, region and the global business world.  Upon graduation our students will have a greater sense of purpose for their lives. To accomplish our mission, they receive a personalized educational experience that encourages a global mindset, inspires creativity and innovation, and develops leadership skills in preparation for business challenges and opportunities.

Program Description

The College of Charleston School of Business offers a one-year, full-time MBA program for high-performing individuals who want to make a difference. We are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

Our intensive, top-quality program combines a solid core curriculum and teaching excellence. Real-world projects, case-based courses, business mentors, and global experiences combine to help students gain critical thinking skills and perspectives needed to succeed in their careers. Students learn the best practices, processes, and applications used in progressive organizations throughout the world. The School of Business is situated in the heart of downtown Charleston, a historically significant, sophisticated, coastal city that provides numerous opportunities for an enriched experience during our students’ MBA year.

The College of Charleston’s MBA program fills a gap that existed in the Southeast region’s management education. The program begins on campus in August with a rigorous pre-term session to develop professional effectiveness including communication, leadership, and team building skills. Students are challenged throughout the year in a variety of required courses, including one on creativity and innovation and another on global economies. In addition, every student participates in a required global travel “business immersion” experience. Over the past few years our students have traveled to Vietnam, China, Dubai, Brazil, Chile and Panama. The program also includes a number of essential professional development components to prepare graduates for job placement and career success. Highly accomplished mentors are paired with each MBA to add a special dimension to the learning experience.

The MBA program in conjunction with the Charleston School of Law offers a dual MBA/JD degree. Law school students who have completed two years of study and meet the admission requirements and prerequisites, may apply to the College of Charleston MBA program. After completing the requirements for the MBA degree, the student will return to the law school to finish the JD degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

We are looking for high-potential business leaders who can navigate the operating environment of globally oriented, 21st century enterprises. You must be able to take on the challenges presented by environmental, social, and technological complexity. This is a rigorous program for students with a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed.

  • A competitive GMAT, GRE or approved graduate proficiency exam score
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or higher (4.000 point scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • 300 word personal and professional goal statement
  • Resume
  • For international students: a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 83 on the computer-based TOEFL

Optional Interview

A personal interview is not required for admission, but we strongly encourage it. We welcome prospective students to visit with us in person, attend an info session, or arrange a video interview. In addition, you may attend a class, meet our staff, and talk with current students. Please contact Karen Salem at salemk@cofc.edu to schedule an interview or a visit.  To attend an info session, visit our website at MBACharleston.com to register online

Application Deadlines

This program accepts applications once a year for candidates intending to begin courses during the fall semester. Applications are reviewed with rolling admissions, beginning December 1st. 

  • Fall: March 1, Priority; April 1, International students; May 1, Final
  • Spring: No Spring Admission
  • Summer: No Summer Admission

Program Format

The College of Charleston’s MBA program is a daytime program that requires a full-time commitment. Once admitted, students are given access to three online proficiency courses. Orientation, known as Pre-Term, begins two weeks before the fall semester.  The MBA core curriculum consists of nine classes.  These classes are completed as a cohort - five classes are taken in the fall, and four in the spring. In addition, students take three elective courses, one in the spring and two in the first summer term.

Courses are taught Monday through Thursday. Additional activities and seminars are scheduled on Fridays. The two-week international immersion trip takes place between semesters, typically in mid-December or early January. Visit the MBA Academic Calendar to see a detailed calendar.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Master of Business Administration does not accept graduate transfer credit from another institution.

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