University of South Carolina - Columbia - Darla Moore School of Business

Why you should consider this program

The International MBA (IMBA) program emphasizes and values cultural integration and recognizes the need for training socially responsible global business leaders.

Past RPCV IMBA candidates have received up to 70% of tuition costs in recognition of their competitiveness and service. The Coverdell Fellows as well as an institutional fellowship - the Global Leadership Fellows is awarded in recognition of service. Returned volunteers that are non-residents of the state of South Carolina will automatically receive an additional award applied to tuition to bring the fee down to the resident rate, significantly supporting the IMBA cost. All fellowship awards are based on academic and professional merit. 

The cornerstones of the IMBA are: a 2- month international marketplace immersion, foreign language study on campus and abroad (French, German, or Spanish). A global track and immersion is also available to pursue an enhanced global curriculum in a location where English is spoken widely. The IMBA offers an internationalized business core curriculum, international internship opportunity and concentration in an area of specialization.

Areas of specialization and certificates are available: Finance, Global Supply Chain and Operations Management, as well as Marketing, Business Analytics and Enterprise Resource Planning. The following focus areas also allow for enhanced study: Innovation, Finance, International Business, International Negotiations, or Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Management. 

Fellows may also pursue an IMBA/JD joint degree.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 43,142 $ 23,000 $ 20,142
Out of state $ 71,580 $ 50,000 $ 21,580
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

100% Fellowship.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows are given priority consideration for Graduate Assistantship stipends of $10,000.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 33,000

Application fee waived?



Fellows may work with state, local and campus organizations to help promote Hispanic and other minority businesses, or with NetImpact, a student organization, an international non-profit whose mission it is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of leaders who use business to improve the world.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Impact Manager, Fair Trade USA
  • Senior Consultant, IBM Consulting Senior Manager of Responsible Sourcing, Walmart e-commerce Marketing Associate, Nationwide Financial
  • Supply Chain Associate, Sonoco Corporation
  • Business Development Analyst, Toyota 
  • Supply Chain Associate, Bosch North America

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

  • Resume and Essays 
  • Transcripts 
  • GMAT or GRE 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Personal Interview

Admissions process

Complete the Peace Corps Service Form sent upon Admission to the program.

Program begins

Orientation in late June (required) and classes begin early July.


Jennifer Ninh, Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Management

1014 Greene Street
Suite 319
Columbia, SC 29021