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Master of Business Administration

James Kindley, Program Director


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.

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, and Brazil. The program also includes a number of essential professional development components to prepare graduates for job placement and career success.

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • A competitive GMAT, GRE or approved graduate proficiency exam score along with an undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or higher (4.000 point scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One should be an academic reference if you have been out of school for fewer than five years
  • 300 word personal and professional goal statement
  • 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

We welcome prospective students to visit with us in person or on a Webex information session. You may arrange to attend a class, meet our staff, and talk with current students. Although a personal interview is not required for admission, we do encourage it. Please contact Penny McKeever at to arrange your visit or register online for a session at

Transfer Credits

Because this is a cohort program, transfer credit is not accepted.

Application Deadline

This program only accepts applications for candidates intending to begin courses in early August. Applications are accepted through May 1, or April 1 for internationals.

Program Format

The College of Charleston’s MBA program is a daytime program that requires a full-time commitment. It begins with online proficiency prep courses (see pre-term below). In-class work starts with a two-week pre-term session. Nine required courses are taken in the fall and spring along with one elective. Two additional electives are taken during May and part of June. Courses are taught Monday through Thursday. Additional required activities are scheduled on Fridays. The two-week international business trip takes place immediately after the end of the first semester. provides a detailed calendar.

Admitted students are provided access to three on-line tutorial courses in basic accounting, finance, and quantitative reasoning that must be completed prior to starting classes in August. The courses are used by Harvard and other top business schools to help students without business backgrounds gain fundamental understanding of key business concepts. This enables instructors to start classes at a higher level appropriate for a graduate program. Students with backgrounds or degrees in the subjects will only need to take the proficiency tests in each tutorial prior to entering the program.