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Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the 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 Wall College of Business Office of Graduate Programs. Your application cannot be considered until your non-refundable $45 application fee and all the required credentials listed below are received.

Transcripts

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 do not have to request your Coastal transcript. 

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

Admission Testing

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 website

Applicants with a minimum of five years of full-time relevant, professional work experience may request a GMAT waiver. Students requesting a GMAT waiver must submit the request in writing to the Wall College of Business graduate director.  The request must specify the academic and relevant work experience that reflects the rigor equivalent to the higher level of study required in graduate programs of business  If you have questions about the waiver of the GMAT requirement or your eligibility, please contact the Wall College of Business Office of Graduate Programs 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 at an AACSB-accredited institution.

Letters of Recommendation

At least two letters of recommendation (scholastic or professional) are required with the graduate application. References should email letters, with your name in the subject field, directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at gslor@coastal.edu.  

Resume

A resume should include education and work history with dates and should be emailed (with your name in the subject field) directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at gsresume@coastal.edu

Undergraduate GPA

minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall from completed undergraduate and graduate coursework is required. The Wall College director of graduate programs also has discretion in evaluating GPA requirements for admission.

Statement of Purpose

Submission of a statement of purpose to address the students goals in pursuing an MBA (500 words or less).  Statement of purpose should be e-mailed with your name in the subject line to gsessay@coastal.edu.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES


MBA Program

Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in six major foundation areas:

  • Financial Accounting     
  • Survey of Economics or Micro Economics            
  • Finance
  • Statistics             
  • Marketing          
  • Management   

Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in foundation areas through an undergraduate degree in business, undergraduate foundation courses with a B or better grade, graduate foundation courses with a B or better grade, or sufficient work experience providing evidence of professional competence. Foundation courses and professional competence must be approved by the Graduate Director.

Admission decisions are made when all evidence of the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies has been submitted.

Non-Degree Students

Students classified as non-degree graduate students may take no more than 12 credit hours of graduate study in MBA-related coursework. Non-degree student registrations must be approved by the College of Business Graduate Director.

MAcc Program

Applicants to the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program must have successfully met the following criteria:

  1. Completion of 18 hours of business courses with a grade of B or better in each, to include economics, business law, statistics, finance, marketing, and management.

      2Completion of at least 18 hours of upper-level accounting courses with a grade of B or better in each, to include financial/intermediate accounting, cost accounting, income taxation, auditing, and commercial law.

International Applicants

Citizens of countries other than the United States must meet the University's graduate admission requirements and prerequisites specific to the chosen program. In addition, all international applicants must:

  1. Submit a completed degree-seeking application for graduate admission to the chosen program;
  2. If you have previously attended a university outside of the United States, you must submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation of all international university coursework completed through a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES);
  3. Submit the required standardized test results as required for the MAcc or MBA; and
  4. If a non-native speaker of English, provide official results from tests taken within the last three years of one of the following acceptable means of documenting English language proficiency consistent with success in graduate programs (Note that higher scores may be required of some graduate programs so applicants are urged to consult their desired program to identify whether a higher score is required):
      a. A minimum score of 575 on the paper-based (PBT) or 79 on the Internet (iBT) Test of English
          as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
      b. A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam;
      c. Certificate of Completion of level 112 of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) from ELS Language Centers;
      d. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 59;
      e. Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) with a minimum level of C1;
      f. Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum level of C1;
      g. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of 77;
      h. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) with a score of 745;
      i. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education
          within the last three years.

Transfer Credit

Credit from foreign colleges/universities is reviewed within the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). Students who are interested in receiving international transfer credit must submit detailed credit evaluation reports prepared by organizations such as World Education Services (WES). International coursework will be reviewed by the OIPS for transfer in coordination with the Dean of the student’s degree program and the Dean of each course in review.

International Transfer Clearance Form >

Conditional Letter of Admission

Applicants who meet all admission requirements for their respective programs, except for the English language requirement and required levels of any standardized tests that would need to be completed in English will be issued a conditional letter of admission valid for one calendar year which includes specific detail of the materials that need to be submitted to move to full acceptance and matriculation into the respective graduate degree program.

Financial Resource Verification and Supporting Documents for Visas

Upon being fully admitted to Coastal Carolina University’s graduate program, students who will spend at least part of their graduate degree program in the United States will be required to submit a Confidential Financial Statement showing adequate funds for one year of study in their chosen program as a requirement for the issuance of support documents to enable the student to apply for the correct student visa. For more information, international students should consult the Office of International Programs and Services. Upon admission and proper financial resources verification, individuals will be sent a formal letter of acceptance and the appropriate immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) for use in requesting a student visa. Additional information regarding the visa process may be found at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html/. Under no circumstances should students come to Coastal Carolina University without first receiving the formal acceptance letter and appropriate travel documents. Individuals already in the U.S. who are out of status with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not be permitted official registration.

International Confidential Financial Statement >

Health Insurance

International students attending Coastal on student visas are required to purchase the University insurance plan or show proof of a comparable plan acceptable to the Office of International Programs and Services, which is responsible for issuing visa-related documents.

Questions

If you have questions concerning the admission process, contact the Wall College of Business Office of Graduate Programs 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.