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The MBA Application season has officially begun, with Harvard Business School being the first to announce its 2019-2020 MBA application deadline. Several other top business schools have followed suit since HBS announced their 2019 – 2020 MBA application deadlines.

2019 - 2020 MBA Application Deadlines to the Top MBA Programs

In this article, we have collated and presented the 2019-2020 MBA application deadlines to the top business schools for your handy reference. Bookmark this article for future reference as it will be periodically updated as more business schools announce their application schedules.

Here is a brief outline of this article:

In which MBA Application round should you apply?

Your decision to choose which MBA application round to apply to depends on several factors. Following are some of the factors you should consider while deciding which MBA application round you should apply to:

  1. Application Readiness
  2. Target Business School Ranking
  3. International Applicant

1) Application Readiness

If you are done with your GMAT and have finished polishing your other application materials such as Resume, Letters of Recommendations, etc., then it is advisable to apply either during the Early Decision Round or Round 1.

Learn more about applying in Round 1 v.s. Round 2

If you are still working on your essays or other aspects of your MBA application, then it is advisable to apply in Round 2. You can use the extra time to make sure you submit the strongest MBA application possible.

Learn more about how you can improve your MBA Applicant profile & boost your MBA Application. Your GMAT score has a 22% weightage in your MBA application, learn more about MBA application factors, in this article.

2) Target Business School Ranking

If you are applying to the Top 15 MBA programs, then applying early is advantageous. Due to a large number of strong applications received by the top business schools for their MBA programs the acceptance rate for the later rounds (i.e. Round 3 & Round 4) is significantly lower.

3) International Applicants

International applicants require more time for visa processing and other formalities and hence business schools encourage international applicants to apply early in Round 1 or Round 2.

Many business schools also do not accept applications for the later rounds from international applicants. Make sure to check your target business schools’ admissions policies to learn more.

Why should you apply to business school in Round 1 or Round 2 and not later?

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Since none of the seats are filled in the first round of application it is advantageous for candidates to apply in Round 1. At most business schools, early applicants have an advantage over those who apply in later rounds.

This is because typically the second application round is the largest and most competitive. The third round is even more competitive due to the vast majority of seats being already filled.

Here are some other reasons as to why applying earlier is advantageous:

  • Applying earlier allows you to receive information about scholarships/fellowships from the business schools financial aid office prior to the date to which you must respond to your offer of admission
  • Allows more time to complete recommended quantitative and/or language coursework before you arrive on campus
  • In some cases, applying early provides better access to on-campus housing lottery opportunities at business schools.
  • As mentioned earlier, applying early allows ample time to complete the visa application process for international applicants
  • Opportunity to attend the business schools admit weekends. Sometimes, round 3 candidates lose out on this opportunity to interact with fellow classmates (an important MBA networking opportunity).

However, it is important to remember that it is best to apply when you believe you’ve prepared the most polished MBA application possible.

What is the Early Decision MBA Application Deadline?

Some business schools besides having the regular admission rounds for their MBA programs also have an Early Decision application deadline. Generally, students who apply in this round receive an answer before the regular decision applicant are reviewed.

Signals your Commitment to attend the Business School

Applying to the Early decision round signals to the business school that they are your first choice and commit to attending if admitted. Those of you who have completed their MBA program research and know for sure that a certain business school is your first choice for an MBA can take advantage of the MBA early decision round. Reapplicants also can take advantage of early decision deadlines.

Non-Refundable Deposit maybe Required

Sometimes a non-refundable deposit is required if you are granted admission into an MBA program after applying through the early decision round. Also, many early action options have a binding component which means that you must withdraw your applications submitted to other business schools and commit to attending that particular business school. Thus, it is imperative to research and decide if applying in the early decision round is suitable for you.

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2019 – 2020 MBA Application Deadlines (Round 1)

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Following are the Round 1, 2019 – 2020 MBA Application Deadlines to various Business Schools:

 

Business School # of Application Rounds (Including Early Decision Round wherever applicable) Round 1 Application Deadline Interview Invite Decision Deadline
Harvard Business School 2 Rounds 4th September 2019 N/A 10th December 2019
Wharton 3 Rounds 17th September 2019 29th October 2019 18th December 2019
Columbia Business School Rolling Admissions Process 4 October 2019 (Early Decision) N/A Rolling Admissions process
Kellogg School of Management 3 Rounds 18th September 2019 Applicant initiated 11th December 2019
Chicago Booth School of Business 3 Rounds 26th September 2019  N/A 5th December 2019
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business 3 Rounds 7th October 2019 1st November 2019 12th December 2019
Duke Fuqua School of Business 4 Rounds 14th October 2019 1st November 2019 18th December 2019
Michigan Ross School of Business 3 Rounds 30th September 2019 N/A 18th December 2019
Virginia Darden 4 Rounds 4th October 2019 By Invitation 11th December 2019
Emory Goizueta 4 Rounds 4th October 2019 N/A 29th November 2019
Vanderbilt Owen 3 Rounds 14th October 2019 N/A 13th December 2019

 

2019 – 2020 MBA Application Deadlines (Round 2)

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Following are the Round 2, 2019 – 2020 MBA Application Deadlines to various Business Schools:

Business School # of Application Rounds (Including Early Decision Round wherever applicable) Round 2 Application Deadline Interview Invite Decision Deadline
Harvard Business School 2 Rounds 6th, January 2020 N/A 31st March 2020
Wharton 3 Rounds 7th January 2020 13th February 2020 26th March 2020
Columbia Business School Rolling Admissions Process 3rd January 2020 (Merit Fellowship deadlines) N/A Rolling Admissions process
Kellogg School of Management 3 Rounds 8th, January 2020 Applicant Initiated 25th March 2020
Chicago Booth School of Business 3 Rounds 7th January 2020  N/A 19th, March 2020
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business 3 Rounds 6th January 2020 31st January 2020 12th March 2020
Duke Fuqua School of Business 4 Rounds 6th January 2020 31st January 2020 18th March 2020
Michigan Ross School of Business 3 Rounds 6th January 2020 N/A 18th March 2020
Virginia Darden 4 Rounds 6th January 2020 By Invitation 18th March 2020
Emory Goizueta 4 Rounds 15th November 2019 N/A 24th January 2020
Vanderbilt Owen 3 Rounds 6th January 2020 N/A 27th March 2020

2019 – 2020 MBA Application Deadlines (Round 3)

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Following are the Round, 3 2019 – 2020 MBA Application Deadlines to various Business Schools:

Business School # of Application Rounds (Including Early Decision Round wherever applicable) Round 3 Application Deadline Interview Invite Decision Deadline
Wharton 3 Rounds 1st April 2020 16th April 2020 8th May 2020
Columbia Business School Rolling Admissions Process 10th April 2020 (Final Deadline) N/A Rolling Admissions Process
Kellogg School of Management 3 Rounds 8th April 2020 Applicant initiated 13th May 2020
Chicago Booth School of Business 3 Rounds 2nd April 2020  N/A 21st May 2020
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business 3 Rounds 30th March 2020 2nd April 2020 7th May 2020
Duke Fuqua School of Business 3 Rounds 11th March 2020 25th March 2020 20th April 2020
Michigan Ross School of Business 3 Rounds 30th March 2020 N/A 8th May 2020
Virginia Darden 4 Rounds 6th April 2020 By Invitation 6th May 2020
Emory Goizueta 4 Rounds 10th January 2020 N/A 13th March 2020 (Domestic)
20th March 2020 (International)
Vanderbilt Owen 3 Rounds 6th April 2020 N/A 22nd May 2020

 

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