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Missed the Fall 2019 Intake? Top MBA programs for Jan 2020 intake

Missed the Fall 2019 Intake? Top MBA programs for Jan 2020 intake
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If you are looking to start your MBA as soon as possible and missed the fall intake of MBA admissions 2019, don’t be disheartened. Some of the top-notch business schools offer MBA programs that start in January, for which the application cycle is currently open. You will not need to wait an entire year to start your degree and the January term can even be an advantage over the traditional cycle. These programs are usually shorter and therefore, less expensive while giving you the same quality education as the fall entry options. Additionally, the competition for these spots is typically lesser than fall MBAs primarily because of the volume of applications coming in.

Here are 8 top MBA programs starting in January 2020:

  1. Columbia Business School  J-Term
  3. HEC Paris
  4. IMD Switzerland
  5. Schulich School of Business
  6. Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University
  7. Queen’s University – Smith School of Business
  8. Ivey Business School

Know more about MBA Application deadlines 2019 – 2020 of top business schools

Columbia Business School  J-Term

Columbia J term intake 2020

Columbia Business School’s January start MBA is specifically targeted towards students who don’t need an internship especially for those not considering a career change or those interested in entrepreneurship or family business. The full-time hiring schedule is together with the Fall entry full-time MBAs so you get the same access to resources and employment opportunities. The two entry options converge in the classroom in the second year so there is plenty of socializing and networking too.

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Columbia Business School – J term MBA application deadline

The MBA application deadlines for the J-term intake of 2020 has not been released by  Columbia Business School yet. Typically the application deadline would fall in the first week of October 2019.

Know more about the Class profile of the class of 2020 and employment opportunities offered by Columbia Business School



INSEAD January 2020 intake

In direct contrast to Columbia, INSEAD’s January intake is targeted towards students who are specifically interested in pursuing an internship. While the September intake does not allow students the time for a full-time internship, the January intake has two months built in for this specific purpose.  The class size is typically the same as September intake and both terms allow for a Fontainebleau-Singapore exchange.

MBA application deadlines – INSEAD Jan 2020 intake

INSEAD Jan 2020 intake application deadline
Application round Application Deadline Decision Date
ROUND 1 20-Feb-19 26-Apr-19
ROUND 2 17-Apr-19 21-Jun-19
ROUND 3 5-Jun-19 9-Aug-19
ROUND 4 24-Jul-19 27-Sep-19

Know more about the Class profile of the class of 2020 and employment opportunities offered by INSEAD

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HEC Paris

HEC Paris January 2020 intake

HEC Paris is another business school that offers both January and September intakes. Reputed as a “leadership school”, HEC is an excellent choice for students interested in the entrepreneurial route or anyone looking to hone their leadership skills.

HEC Paris – MBA Application deadline – Jan 2020 intake

The school offers deadlines practically throughout the year, indicating that it has rolling admissions. However, it is advisable for non-EU students to apply latest by July to maximize their chance of an admit.

Round Application Deadline Decision Date
ROUND 1 2 January 2019 8 February 2019
ROUND 2 1 February 2019 8 March 2019
ROUND 3 1 March 2019 5 April 2019
ROUND 4 1 April 2019 10 May 2019
ROUND 5 2 May 2019 7 June 2019
ROUND 6 3 June 2019 5 July 2019
ROUND 7 1 July 2019 26 July 2019
ROUND 8 16 August 2019 20 September 2019
ROUND 9 16 September 2019 18 October 2019
ROUND 10 15 October 2019 14 November 2019
ROUND 11 15 November 2019 13 December 2019

Student Profile: Class of 2020

Know more about the Class profile of the class of 2020 and employment opportunities offered by HEC Paris

IMD Switzerland

IMD jan 2020 mba admission

Unlike other schools on this list, IMD Offers only one intake with classes starting in January. With a maximum class size of 90, the program is incredibly intimate and allows for an immersive experience. The class skews towards an older demographic with the average age at entry being 31 years. If you want to work in Europe post your MBA, the school has an excellent brand name and opportunities are aplenty.

MBA application deadline – IMD Switzerland

Application Round Application Deadline Decision Date
ROUND 1 1-Feb-19 29-Mar-19
ROUND 2 15-May-19 26-Jun-19
ROUND 3 15-Aug-19 26-Sep-19
ROUND 4 (for applicants exempt from long term Swiss visa requirements) 11-Oct-19 31-Oct-19

Know more about the Class profile of the class of 2020 and employment opportunities offered by INSEAD


Schulich School of Business

Schulich MBA at the York University, Canada offers the option to start the program in either January or September. The program is accredited by multiple international bodies and is one of the top MBA programs in Canada.

Schulich mba january admission

MBA application deadline – Schulich

International students and those interested in a scholarship are encouraged to apply by Round 2.

Round Application Deadline
ROUND 1 5 July 2019
ROUND 2 5 September 2019
ROUND 3 1 October 2019
ROUND 4 15 November 2019

 Student Profile: Class of 2018

GMAT Scores (average): 660
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Women: 35%


Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University

rotterdam mba january admission

Rotterdam also has a January start date. Located in the Netherlands, the program with its very international peer group is considered to be one of the best one year European MBA degrees.

MBA Application deadline – Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University

Round Application Deadline
ROUND 1 2 April 2019
ROUND 2 4 June 2019
ROUND 3 6 August 2019
ROUND 4 8 October 2019
ROUND 5 5 November 2019

Student Profile: Class of 2018

GMAT Scores (average): 640
Work Experience (average): 6 years
Women: 41%

Queen’s University – Smith School of Business

 smith January mba intake

Smith School of Business at Queen’s University is another school in Canada that has a January start. Ranked amongst the top 3 business schools in Canada, it is a great option if you plan on working in Canada post-MBA.

MBA application deadline – Smith School of Business of Queen’s University

Rolling admissions, international students are required to submit their applications by September 1, 2019.

Student Profile: Class of 2019

GMAT Scores (average): 650
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Women: 37%

Ivey Business School

ivey mba january admissions

The University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School offers one of the top MBAs in Canada and remains extremely popular for careers in Consulting and Finance. Ivey is among the largest publishers of Case Studies all around the world, just behind Harvard Business School. This 1-year program starts in March and the school suggests that graduating early in the cycle provides an exclusive edge to its students, in terms of recruitment.

MBA Application deadlines January – Ivey Business School

Application Round Deadline
Round 2 April 8, 2019
Round 3 July 15, 2019
Round 4 September 23, 2019
Round 5 November 12, 2019
Round 6 January 6, 2020

Student Profile: Class of 2018

GMAT Scores (average): 667
Work Experience (average): 4.8 years
Women: 25%

These were some of the top MBA programs commencing in January 2020.

About the author


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