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Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in our graduate business programs at Coastal Carolina University.

The following section is provided to assist you in preparing and completing your application for graduate admission:

All graduate applications must first be processed through the Office of Graduate Studies. Please submit your application and all information requested to:


The Office of Graduate Studies

Coastal Carolina University

P.O. Box 261954

Conway, SC 29528-6054


Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office in the Wall College of Business.

Your application cannot be considered until your non-refundable $45 application fee and all the following required credentials are received:

Application and Fee  

Graduate Application


You must submit an official transcript from every institution you have attended. Receipt of a baccalaureate and/or higher degree must be clearly indicated on the transcript from the awarding institution. Official transcripts are those sent by the registrar of a college or university directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies does not request transcripts from any institution. 

 If you attend or have attended Coastal Carolina University, you will not have to request your Coastal transcript. 

 Students still enrolled in their undergraduate studies should request their most recent transcript.

Admission Testing

Your Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores must be submitted before your application can be processed. Test scores must include your score on the Analytical Writing Assessment. Students can take the GMAT on campus through our Academic Testing Center. For more information on the GMAT, visit the GMAT Official Website. For students who have previously taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), you can submit those scores in lieu of the GMAT. 

Students may have their admission test (GMAT) waived if they  submit evidence of having an advanced credential such as a master’s degree, their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate or law degree for example. If you have any questions about the waiver of the GMAT requirement or your eligibility, please contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at 843-349-2761 or email gradbus@coastal.edu.

Students applying to the Master of Accountancy degree program are not required to take the GMAT if they have a 3.5 GPA or higher in their 300 and 400 level accounting coursework if completed in an AACSB-accredited institution.

Letters of Recommendation

At least two letters of recommendation (scholastic or professional) are required with your graduate application. Forms for letters of recommendation are provided in the application packet.

 References should mail completed forms directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, Coastal Carolina University, P.O. Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054.

A Resumé

To include academic education and work history with dates.

Program Prerequisites

MBA Program

Students need 18 hours of prerequisites with an average grade of “B” or better as part of their admission into the MBA program. You should have successfully completed the following courses within the last five years:

• Financial Accounting: 3 credit hours

• Survey of Economics or Microeconomics: 3 credit hours

• Business Finance: 3 credit hours

• Business Statistics: 3 credit hours

• Principles of Marketing: 3 credit hours

• Principles of Management: 3 credit hours

 Students entering the MBA program from a non-business background or who are missing any of the above prerequisites can elect to enroll in the following foundation courses:

  • MBA 500 Accounting and Finance: 4 units
  • MBA 501 Management and Marketing: 4 units
  • MBA 502 Economics and Statistics: 4 units

 Students will be notified at the time of admission if they need to complete any prerequisite coursework.

Master of Accountancy Program

  • Applicants to the Master of Accountancy program must have successfully completed at least 18 hours in advanced accounting in addition to the MBA prerequisites listed above.
  • Advance accounting coursework must include the following: Intermediate Accounting I and II, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Tax and an upper division accounting elective.   
  • Non-business applicants should contact the business school to ensure they have taken, or are taking, the proper coursework.

International Applicants

International students whose native language is not English must also submit the results from one of the following options:

  • Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 575 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 89 on the internet-based test (IBT);
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with no sub-score lower than 5.0 within the last three years;
  • Proof that the student has completed an approved ELS Centers level 112 English language training program.

If you have previously attended a university outside of the United States, you must also submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation of all international university coursework completed through AACRAO International Education Services or from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

 In addition, international students must also submit the following documents along with their application: 

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round but priority consideration for admission will be given to those completed applications received by the following dates:


Term                             Application postmark deadline

Fall Semester                                   June 15

Spring Semester                          November 15

Summer                                            April 15


If you have any questions concerning the admission process, please contact the Graduate Business Office at 843-349-2761 or email gradbus@coastal.edu

If you have questions about what has been received or submitted as part of your admission packet, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 843-349-2394.