Top 50 MBA Programs - Deadlines (2019-20)

Schools typically have Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3 deadlines with the majority of Round 1 deadline in Sep/Oct, Round 2 in January and Round 3 deadlines in Mar/Apr. However, a few top schools (Darden, Duke Fuqua, and IESE) offer an early application round in September for those applicants who are only applying to one school. Although the number of applicants who opt for such a path is low, those who follow through in the early-round has a higher chance of acceptance than the applicants from later rounds.

We don’t want to start the Round 1 vs. Round 2 debate but it is safe to assume that a 2:3 strategy that we had recommended in our consulting and review service would balance the risk of targeting all your dream schools in one round and getting rejected or waiting for Round 2 to target the dream schools.  Spread the risk, earn some offers, and then keep one or two dream schools for R2. Freeing up your mind with an offer from a top 10 MBA program in hand could do wonders when you are targeting a top 5 MBA program in Round 2.

Applicants, depending on the Round 1 results, would set out to create a backup school list. We would encourage the applicant not to pursue an MBA or reapply next year rather than choosing an MBA just for the title. It is not worth spending $40000 to $50,000 for a tier-3 MBA program if you are destined to be in a tier-1 program. Burn the bridges. Remove ‘stretch schools’ from your vocabulary.  It would remain a stretch. Rather choose an inspirational term. ‘Dream School’ perhaps. Align your recommender’s energy towards customizing the narrative according to the top school you are targeting in Round 1. Meet recommenders in person and share your passion for joining the MBA program.

From our experience, the only round that applicant should target is when they are ready. I have seen applicants getting in at Round 3 because they had a visible promotion in early February. Applicants, who had planned a year back, tend to avoid the last-minute edits and sail through round 1 while there are many who made it through the chaos of the Winter holidays for Round 2.

So don’t panic. Apply when you are ready. Build your profile. Connect your story with the MBA program. Retake the GMAT if necessary and don’t take the interview lightly.

To make it easier for you to plan, we have collected the deadlines for the world's top 50 MBA program.

Business SchoolER1R2R3R4
Stanford Graduate School of Business12th Sep9th Jan8th Apr
Harvard Business School4th Sep6th Jan
University of Chicago Booth School of Business26th Sep7th Jan2nd Apr
Wharton Business School17th Sep7th Jan1st Apr
Darden School of Business3rd Sep 4th oct 6th Jan6th Apr
Yale School of Management10th Sep7th Jan14th Apr
Columbia Business School4th Oct3rd Jan10th Apr
London Business School13th Sep3rd Jan5th Mar
MIT Sloan School of Management1st Oct21st Jan9th Apr
NYU Stern School of Business15th Oct15th Nov15th Jan15th Mar
Johnson Graduate School of Business8th Oct5th Nov8th Jan8th Apr
Insead18th Sep6th Nov15th Jan26th Feb
IMD1st Feb1st May1st Aug1st Oct
Fuqua School of Business19th Sep14th Oct6th Jan11th Mar
SDA Bocconi10th Apr
University of Cambridge Judge9th Sep28th Oct13th Jan9th Mar
Haas School of Business26th Sep9th Jan2nd Apr
Kellogg School of Management18th Sep8th Jan8th Apr
Ross School of Business30th Sep6th Jan30th Mar
Tuck School of Business7th Oct6th Jan30th Mar
Iese Business School3rd Sep 10th oct 8th Jan3rd Mar5th May
IE Business SchoolRolling
Mannheim Business SchoolRolling
Said Business School6th Sep1st Nov10th Jan3rd Apr
Warwick Business School1st Nov13th Jan17th Mar31st May
Esade Business School1st Oct26th Nov14th Jan11th Feb
Tepper School of Business6th Oct19th Dec2nd Mar9th Apr
McDonough School of Business30th Sep6th Jan24th Mar27th Apr
McCombs School of Business8th Oct7th Jan31st Mar
HEC Paris16th Aug16th Sep15th Oct15th Nov
Ivey Business School*23rd Sep**12th Nov***Jan 6th
Schulich School of Business29th Nov31st Jan12th Mar30th Apr
Alliance Manchester Business School19th Sep10th Oct7th Nov5th Dec
Foster School of Business8th Oct8th Jan17th Mar
UCLA Anderson School of Management2nd Oct8th Jan16th Apr
Jones Graduate School of Business11th Oct3rd Jan3rd Apr
USC Marshall School of Business15th Oct5th Jan1st Mar15th Apr
University College Dublin: Smurfit1st OctRolling
UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School14th Oct6th Jan2nd Mar6th Apr
The Lisbon MBA30th Sep8th Nov
City University: Cass29th Sep10th Nov5th Jan9th Feb
Imperial College Business School28th Sep9th Nov25th Jan15th Mar
Rotterdam School of Management2nd Apr4th Jun6th Aug8th Oct
Kelley School of Business15th Oct5th Jan1st Mar15th Apr
Carlson School of Management1st Nov1st Dec1st Feb1st Apr
Mendoza College of Business17th Sep15th Oct7th Jan17th Mar
BU Questrom School of Business10th Oct6th Jan16th Mar
Smith School of Business1st Oct1st Nov15th Dec15th Jan
Smeal College of Business1st Oct1st Dec1st Feb1st Apr
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