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2020 MBA Application Deadlines: Coronavirus Extensions

Business schools are extending 2020 MBA application deadlines to give you more flexibility during the coronavirus pandemic. We list the latest MBA application deadlines for the world’s top b-schools

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting business schools globally, closing campuses and moving learning temporarily online. If you’ve made the decision to go to business school and pursue a full-time MBA program this year, coronavirus will likely impact your MBA application too.

Why are MBA application deadlines changing?

The closure of test centers for the GMAT and the GRE means many candidates have not yet completed a crucial step on their application journey—the business school admission test.

The GMAT Online Exam and the online GRE test have both only recently been made available.

In this climate, and with delays to visa processing, business schools are extending their full-time MBA application deadlines to give you more time to complete your application. 

What do the changes mean for me?

In the United States, this means pushing those hotly-contested Round 3 application deadlines— many set for April—to May, June or later.

Other schools are introducing a new Round 4 application deadline and many are transitioning to a rolling admissions process, accepting applications without a GMAT or GRE score, with conditional offers made dependent on the submission of a score at a later date.

This could mean that, perversely, 2020 is as good a time as ever to apply for a top MBA program and stand a good chance of getting accepted for the 2020-21 intake.

Useful links:

See the full list of final MBA application deadlines for a 2020 start

Check out our latest updates on GMAT testing and GRE test center closures

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Latest MBA application deadlines

Below, we list the latest MBA application deadlines for the top 25 business schools as ranked by the Financial Times.* We will be regularly updating this list and adding more information on the new admissions requirements as they come in.

Updated May 22

Harvard Business School

Application Deadlines:

2020 application deadlines for the full-time Harvard MBA have passed. Harvard is extending its 2+2 application deadline, a deferred admission process for current students, from April 2 to June 1 2020 at noon Eastern time.


Any international admitted student who is unable to start the program due to a visa issue will be deferred to next year’s MBA class. Harvard is also increasing the size of its waitlist for candidates who were not admitted this year in case spots in the class open up over the...

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