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Coronavirus: Business Schools Relax MBA Admissions Requirements

Read our March 25 roundup for the latest news on the impact of coronavirus on business schools, as b-schools relax their MBA admissions requirements

Wed Mar 25 2020


March 25 Roundup

Wharton MBA Admissions office extends application deadlines 

Wharton has announced it's extending its Round 3 and Advance Access deadlines in order to provide applicants with more flexibility amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  The new Round 3 deadline is on Wednesday April 15 and the new Advance Access deadline is on Wednesday May 27.  

This announcement follows changes to Wharton’s admissions requirements last week––you can now submit applications without having sat for a standardized test if your booked test was cancelled or you could no longer travel to the test center amid social distancing rules.  

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CEIBS reduces MBA program length to 16 months

As schools elsewhere prepare for the worst, CEIBS, in China, is prepping for a future after coronavirus. The start of the 2020 MBA program has been pushed back to October 12. The length of the program will be reduced from 18 to 16 months, although the school says the student experience will remain the same.

In addition to the Round 3 application deadline on March 25, CEIBS have also introduced a Round 4 deadline on May 13, with decisions due by June 10 2020. Candidates can also apply without GMAT and GRE scores, with conditional offers made on the basis of taking an admission test at a further date.

University of San Francisco Moves Campus Online

Emory’s Goizueta Business School extends application deadline 

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is extending its application deadline for the One-Year MBA program to April 15 2020. Admissions for the two-year program have been extended until July 1 2020. The school is waiving fees for the remainder of the application cycle for candidates applying for the fall 2020 program start, and has also designed a free Coronavirus-tracking app for students.  


The reality of studying remotely 

Imperial College Business School student Sofia Skevofylaka is enrolled on the MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management program and is due to finish in July. However, following the COVID-19 outbreak, she returned home to Greece and is now studying online.  

“People started to get scared. I was living nearby in Imperial’s student accommodation and I had a contract to stay until August. But I prefer to be with my family. It is one less stress,” she told The Financial Times. 

“It is a bit weird to have to now look at everyone’s faces on the screen. When we attended lectures on campus, we didn’t look at each other as much as we do on Zoom, but the school has shown how it can be used to complete all of our coursework.” 

She has since work with her classmates to present a start-up pitch as part of her entrepreneurship module, proving that modern technology is making the transition to online much easier.