Business Degree Schools in South Carolina

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) statistics show 34 public and non-profit schools offering business degrees in South Carolina. Of these, 18 offer accredited programs at the undergraduate level and 10 at the graduate level. You always want to look for an accredited business degree, because this is your assurance that the program you select has clearly stated objectives and the school has proven that its program produces quality outcomes while adhering to national and international standards.

All of the schools in this article have business accreditation by either the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and/or International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). They are all also public or non-profit and also regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

This article provides you with the data you need to choose the ideal South Carolina business school for your needs based on a variety of key factors: tuition, financial aid, entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, and more. The three sections that follow describe undergraduate programs, graduate schools, and the job prospects for business school graduates in South Carolina.

Undergraduate Business Schools in South Carolina

According to NCES data average tuition cost for the 18 public or non-profit business accredited schools in South Carolina is $12,583. The most affordable undergraduate degree is at Aiken Technical College with a tuition of only $4,708 close behind it is Spartanburg Community College at $5,332. Typical financial aid ranges from $3,221 to $22,629 with the average being $9,876

Clemson University has the highest median SAT scores at 1150-1340 which is interesting considering they also have one of the highest acceptance rates in the state. The overall average median SAT scores in South Carolina is 901-1109 and the average median ACT is 19-24.

In the table below you will find data on the 18 undergraduate business schools in South Carolina including tuition, financial aid, acceptance rates, and graduation rate. Each data column in the list can easily be sorted.

SchoolCityTuitionAidMedian SATMedian ACTAccept. RateGrad. Rate
Aiken Technical CollegeAiken$4,708$3,221
Benedict CollegeColumbia$19,566$22,62922%
Charleston Southern UniversityNorth Charleston$24,140$15,858910-111020-2461%36%
Claflin UniversityOrangeburg$16,158$12,101830-95018-2042%56%
Clemson UniversityClemson$14,708$9,1321150-134026-3151%81%
Coastal Carolina UniversityConway$10,876$8,340930-109020-2561%42%
College of CharlestonCharleston$11,805$9,4021000-119022-2784%69%
Francis Marion UniversityFlorence$10,428$9,309810-103017-2262%40%
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeConway$6,148$3,611
Lander UniversityGreenwood$11,200$8,557880-109017-2362%43%
Morris CollegeSumter$13,045$7,85222%
North Greenville UniversityTigerville$17,594$13,104910-131020-2959%57%
South Carolina State UniversityOrangeburg$10,420$9,577680-87314-1786%39%
Spartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburg$5,332$7,100
The CitadelCharleston$11,734$11,275950-116020-2582%69%
University of South Carolina UpstateSpartanburg$11,190$6,456860-104018-2355%42%
Voorhees CollegeDenmark$12,630$9,78079%26%
Winthrop UniversityRock Hill$14,810$10,467910-113520-2569%58%

Graduate Business Schools in South Carolina

All of the 10 graduate business schools in South Carolina in this article have business accreditation by either the AACSB, ACBSP, or IACBE.

The average MBA tuition in South Carolina is $25301. The most affordable MBA tuition on our list is Francis Marion University, Florence at $15,771, close behind it though it is Coastal Carolina University at $15,900.

We have GMAT data for 7 of the 10 schools on our list and the average is 529. The business school with the highest GMAT score is the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston at 612 and 564 respectively.

For those that are considering an MBA but do not have time for full time or evening classes may want to consider one of the several excellent online MBA programs in South Carolina including the University of South Carolina.

The table below shows graduate business schools in South Carolina tuition costs, average accepted applicant GMAT scores, the percentage of faculty with a doctoral degree, and student-to-faculty ratios. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAvg. GMATFaculty
with Doct.
Degree
Student/
Faculty
Claflin UniversityOrangeburg$22,204
Clemson UniversityClemson$21,39655971%2.3
Coastal Carolina UniversityConway$15,9004820.73
College of CharlestonCharleston$30,36356491%0.94
Francis Marion UniversityFlorence$15,77191%1.43
South Carolina State UniversityOrangeburg$26,88086%1.32
The CitadelCharleston$26,44844483%4.97
University of South CarolinaColumbia$43,34261279%1.76
University of South Carolina AikenAiken$20,37654283%
Winthrop UniversityRock Hill$30,33250086%1.2

Job Outlook for Business School Graduates in South Carolina

Occupation TitleBLS.gov
Code
2016
Total
Employment
South Carolina
Mean
Hourly
Wage
South Carolina
Mean
Annual
Wage
South Carolina
National
Growth
2016-26
Accountants and Auditors13-201114,630$31$64,2208.0%
Administrative Services Managers11-30113,270$44$90,9109.1%
Advertising and Promotions Managers11-2011240$46$96,4605.8%
Agents andManagers of Artists and Athletes13-101170$39$81,70010.0%
Architectural and Engineering Managers11-90412,500$62$129,0407.4%
Budget Analysts13-2031250$33$68,35010.4%
Business Operations Specialists13-11994,000$32$65,88010.1%
Chief Executives11-10112,930$85$176,33011.9%
Compensation and Benefits Managers11-3111140$50$105,0000.187
Compensation, and Benefits Specialists13-1141760$26$53,1905.6%
Compliance Officers13-10413,520$28$58,7505.0%
Construction Managers11-90213,060$45$92,8108.9%
Cost Estimators13-10512,590$29$60,67010.3%
Credit Analysts13-2041980$32$66,37011.4%
Credit Counselors13-2071330$21$44,2205.5%
Financial Analysts13-20511,930$35$73,4904.9%
Financial Examiners13-2061310$33$68,3208.2%
Financial Managers11-30315,010$59$122,75010.6%
General and Operations Managers11-102132,370$48$100,3407.1%
Human Resources Managers11-31211,770$49$102,930-7.8%
Human Resources Specialists13-10716,550$27$56,8406.9%
Information Systems Managers11-30212,940$58$119,90012.0%
Insurance Underwriters13-2053690$26$54,50010.2%
Labor Relations Specialists13-1075250$27$57,0708.5%
Loan Officers13-20723,930$33$67,62011.5%
Logisticians13-10812,910$34$71,68022.8%
Management Analysts13-11117,790$36$74,3908.8%
Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists13-11617,450$26$53,38010.0%
Marketing Managers11-20211,800$52$108,5506.5%
Meeting and Event Planners13-11211,280$18$37,5908.4%
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers11-2031590$44$91,93010.8%
Purchasing Managers11-3061710$50$104,980-5.2%
Sales Managers11-20223,540$55$114,3909.8%
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents13-2081300$26$54,14013.9%
Tax Preparers13-2082900$16$34,26011.5%
Training and Development Managers11-3131700$49$101,060-0.6%
Training and Development Specialists13-11514,070$27$56,03010.8%

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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics:https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools:https://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
3. ACBSP, Business Schools:https://www.acbsp.org/page/accreditation
4. IACBE, Business Schools:http://iacbe.org/accreditation/
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Employment and Wage Estimates South Carolina: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sc.htm
7. US News & World Report, 2018 Best Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools