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2021-2022 MBA application deadlines for Rounds 1,2,3, and 4

The MBA Application season is in full swing, with several top business schools having announced their MBA Application Deadlines for the 2022 intake.

In this article, we have collated the 2021-2022 MBA application deadlines for round 1, round 2, and round 3 of the top business schools for your reference. 

Bookmark this article for future reference as it will be periodically updated as more business schools announce their application schedules.

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MBA Application deadline 2022

MBA Application Deadlines 2021- 2022

With most business schools planning an on-campus start to the fall of 2021, the impact of the pandemic is diminishing. The pandemic had affected how business schools follow their MBA application process, and a new type of ‘normal’ took place.

The success of many virtual events has convinced the admission officials at most schools to continue with a full schedule of online info sessions for would-be applicants.

According to Soojin Kwon, managing director of full-time MBA admissions at Michigan Ross – “The world is not going to be normal again yet. This admissions cycle, we are looking at another virtual recruiting year for the foreseeable future.”

She also pointed out that with the world going virtual, they could connect with more candidates in places that they had never gone before.  Moreover, now candidates can attend conferences and other events hosted by business school students from anywhere in the world, offering them a great advantage.

At Dartmouth Tuck, campus visits and tours for prospective applicants will begin in September, and they are offering in-person visits. However, one thing that will be different this application round is that all interviews for 2021 -2022 applicants will be conducted virtually. According to the co-executive director of Tuck Admissions, he states in an interview with Poets and Quants that, they found that virtual interviews gave them great insight into candidates. As the world has gotten accustomed to Zoom, candidates have become more comfortable with the virtual format.

Kickstarting the MBA Application process 2021-2022

Harvard business school kicked off the 2021-2022 admissions season with around one and two deadlines of 8th September 2021 and 4th January 2022, respectively, to apply for its Class of 2024. Stanford’s GBS round 1 and 2 deadlines are also around the same time. The majority of the business schools’ round 1 deadlines are in September 2021.

Business schools like NYU Stern, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Michigan Ross, Kellogg, and many more offer three rounds of MBA application, with interviews on rolling invitations.

In general, most business schools keep their application like the previous year, with some tweaks. For instance, The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has reduced its number of essay questions from three to two. In contrast, Kellogg School of Management has added a new video question to its application – “Share your resilience with us.”

Business schools like UVA Darden, Kelly School of business, and NYU Stern continue to offer MBA applicants the option to request a waiver of its standardized test requirement for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

MBA Application Deadline – Early Action

Business School Early ActionDecision
Columbia Business School (August Entry)06 October 202108 April 2022
Duke Fuqua School of Business02 September 202114 October 2021
Virginia Darden09 September 202120 October 2021

MBA Application deadline – Round 1

Here are the Round 1 MBA application deadlines 2021 – 2022 for top business schools:

Business School MBA Application Deadline Decision 
Harvard Business School08 September 202109 December 2021
Wharton 08 September 202115 December 2021
Columbia Business School (August Entry)*06 October 202108 April 2022
Kellogg School of Management15 September 202108 December 2021
Chicago Booth School of Business23 September 202102 December 2021
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business27 September 202109 December 2021
Duke Fuqua School of Business11 November 202115 December 2021
Michigan Ross School of Business20 September 202108 December 2021
Virginia Darden06 October 202108 December 2021
Vanderbilt Owen12 October 202117 December 2021
Stanford GSB09 September 202109 December 2021
NYU Stern15 September 202101 December 2021
INSEAD MBA Jan Intake 202205 March 202114 May 2021
INSEAD MBA August Intake 202207 September 202112 November 2021
INSEAD MBA January Intake 202301 March 202206 May 2022
Yale SoM14 September 202103 December 2021
Cambridge (Judge)**13 September 2021 –
UCLA (Anderson)05 October 202114 December 2021
UC Berkeley (Haas)23 September 202115 December 2021
UT Austin (McCombs)12 October 202116 December 2021
Carnegie Mellon – Tepper03 October 202108 December 2021
Georgetown (McDonough)27 September 202109 December 2021
London Business School10 September 202102 December 2021
MIT (Sloan)28 September 202115 December 2021
Oxford01 September 202127 October 2021
UNC Kenan-Flagler11 October 202113 December 2021
*Application on rolling bases. **Post MBA application submission, applicants are invited for interview on specific dates

MBA Application deadline – Round 2

Here are the Round 2 MBA application deadlines 2021 – 2022 for top business schools:

Business School MBA Application Deadline  Decision 
Harvard Business School04 January 202230 March 2022
Wharton 05 January 202223 March 2022
Kellogg School of Management05 January 202223 March 2022
Chicago Booth School of Business06 January 202224 March 2022
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business03 January 202217 March 2022
Duke Fuqua School of Business05 January 202216 March 2022
Michigan Ross School of Business10 January 202218 March 2022
Virginia Darden05 January 202216 March 2022
Vanderbilt Owen05 January 202225 March 2022
Stanford GSB05 January 202231 March 2022
NYU Stern15 October 202101 January 2022
INSEAD MBA Jan Intake 202223 April 202102 July 2021
INSEAD MBA August Intake 202202 November 202114 January 2022
INSEAD MBA January Intake 202319 April 202224 June 2022
Yale SoM06 January 202225 March 2022
Cambridge (Judge)18 October 2021 –
UCLA (Anderson)04 January 202222 March 2022
UC Berkeley (Haas)06 January 202224 March 2022
UT Austin (McCombs)06 January 202224 March 2022
Carnegie Mellon – Tepper05 January 202209 March 2022
Georgetown (McDonough)06 January 202222 March 2022
London Business School06 January 202207 April 2022
MIT (Sloan)19 January 202204 April 2022
Oxford13 October 202108 December 2021
UNC Kenan-Flagler10 January 202214 March 2022

MBA Application deadline – Round 3

Here are the Round 3 MBA application deadlines 2021 – 2022 for top business schools:

Business School MBA Application Deadline Decision 
Wharton 30 March 202220 May 2022
Kellogg School of Management06 April 202211 May 2022
Chicago Booth School of Business08 April 202226 May 2022
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business28 March 202205 May 2022
Duke Fuqua School of Business24 March 202229 April 2022
Michigan Ross School of Business04 April 202211 May 2022
Virginia Darden06 April 202204 May 2022
Vanderbilt Owen29 March 202206 May 2022
NYU Stern15 January 202201 April 2022
INSEAD MBA Jan Intake 202218 June 202103 September 2021
INSEAD MBA August Intake 202206 January 202211 March 2022
INSEAD MBA January Intake 202314 June 202219 August 2022
Yale SoM12 April 202218 May 2022
Cambridge (Judge)10 January 2022 –
UCLA (Anderson)12 April 202217 May 2022
UC Berkeley (Haas)07 April 202223 May 2022
UT Austin (McCombs)29 March 202205 May 2022
Carnegie Mellon – Tepper06 March 202204 May 2022
Georgetown (McDonough)31 March 202205 May 2022
London Business School25 March 202210 June 2022
MIT (Sloan)12 April 202201 June 2022
Oxford12 January 202216 March 2022
UNC Kenan-Flagler28 February 202225 April 2022

MBA Application deadline – Round 4

Here are the Round $ MBA application deadlines 2021 – 2022 for top business schools:

Business School MBA Application Deadline Decision 
Vanderbilt Owen16 May 2022Rolling application
NYU Stern15 March 202201 June 2022
INSEAD MBA Jan Intake 202230 July 202124 September 2021
INSEAD MBA August Intake 202222 February 202229 April 2022
INSEAD MBA January Intake 202326 July 202223 September 2022
Cambridge (Judge)07 March 2022 –
Georgetown (McDonough)26 April 202225 May 2022
Oxford23 March 202225 May 2022
UNC Kenan-Flagler11 April 202223 May 2022

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MBA Application Rounds

As you can see from the table above, generally, there are three rounds. However, few business schools like Georgia Tech Scheller, Rice Jones, Cambridge Judge, NYU Stern, and Michigan Ross have more than three rounds.

Which MBA Application round should you apply?

MBA Application round 2022

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

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 vs. 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.

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 robust 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.

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.

MBA Admission Deadlines: Why should you apply in Round 1 or Round 2?

Why should you apply early to MBA application round?

Since none of the seats are filled in the First Round, it is advantageous 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 is 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 before the date to which you must respond to your offer of admission
  • Allows more time to complete recommended quantitative and 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 classmates (a significant MBA networking opportunity)

However, it is essential 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 is reviewed.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind if you apply in the Early Decision MBA Application Deadlines:

  • It 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 may be 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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FAQs – MBA application deadlines

When should you apply for MBA Fall 2022?

Most of the top business school’s MBA Application deadlines for Round 1 in September 2021. It is generally advisable to apply in Round 1 to increase your chances of getting an admit.

How many MBA Application Rounds are there?

Most of the top MBA programs have three application Rounds:
– Round 1 deadlines are in September/October
– Round 2 deadlines are in January
– Round 3 deadlines are in April
It is advisable to check with your respective business schools to know their MBA application deadlines for the 2021 – 2022 intake.

Which Round should I apply in?

Your decision to choose which MBA Application round to apply to depends on various factors like:
1. Target business school ranking
2. Application Readiness
3. International Applicant
Click here to know in detail which Round you should apply in.

Is an MBA worth it?

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