The 2021-2022 MBA application deadlines are out! If you want to join the fall 2022 MBA intake at top business schools like Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford, check out our comprehensive list of MBA application deadlines in our BusinessBecause MBA Application Guide 2021-22.
While the MBA application cycle is typically divided into several rounds, every business school is different. The traditional three-round application process has been extended to four, and even five, at some business schools, while MBA programs outside the US have varying start dates.
Whatever your situation—and especially if you’re an international applicant or want to stand the best chance of getting an MBA scholarship—you’ll need to understand what the different rounds mean.
MBA Application Rounds & Your Application
- Covid continues to influence the MBA admissions climate, with most business schools receiving high numbers of applications.
- As countries open up their borders, competition will likely heat up in Round 2.
- There’ll be less impact from deferrals this cycle, although there may be more reapplicants.
If possible, our advice is to apply as early as possible this application cycle, in MBA application Round 1.
More spaces in an MBA class are filled with each passing deadline, and schools will have less scholarship money to award. As a general rule, the earlier you apply, the more chance you have of getting accepted and getting a scholarship.
Applying in R1 demonstrates that you are serious about a school and have been planning your application for some time. International candidates should strongly consider applying in R1 to allow time to apply for student visas.
“Apply in the early rounds of the admissions cycle, not just to have better chance securing a place on the program, but also to show commitment and dedication, which will allow you to have better access to different types of scholarships and funding sources,” notes Amir Michael, director of the MBA at Durham University Business School.
Round 2, 3, and beyond, are often more competitive than R1 with fewer places remaining in the MBA class.
Round 2 is expected to be especially busy this cycle as more countries open up their borders and distribute Covid vaccines, although recovering jobs markets and visa access issues for people from Covid-impacted countries may impact future demand for MBA programs.
Applying in the Early Action (EA) round, offered by some business schools, conveys that you would take that school’s acceptance above all others—that they’re your number one—and typically the application is binding.
“Most candidates apply in Round 1 or Round 2, but candidates should always apply only when they feel they have their strongest application prepared,” says Allison Jamison, assistant dean of admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
MBA Application Deadlines 2021-2022
The business schools listed below are ranked in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings (2020 & 2021) and/or are BusinessBecause Partner Business Schools. All deadlines are for full-time MBA programs.
The below list is a roundup of MBA application deadline at 15 top business schools:
Chicago Booth MBA application deadlines:
R1-3: Sep 23, 2021 Jan 6, 2022 April 7, 2022
Columbia MBA application deadlines:*
Oct 6, 2021 (EA) April 8, 2022
Cornell MBA application deadlines:
One-Year: Sep 8, 2021 (EA) Oct 12, 2021 Jan 5, 2022 March 8, 2022*
Two-Year: Oct 12, 2021 Jan 5, 2022 April 12, 2022
Duke MBA application deadlines:
Sep 2, 2021 (EA) Oct 11, 2021 Jan 5, 2022 March 24, 2022
Harvard MBA application deadlines:
Sep 8, 2021 Jan 4, 2022
INSEAD MBA application deadlines:
Jan 2023 intake: March 1, 2022 April 19, 2022 June 14, 2022 July 26, 2022
Aug 2022 intake: Sep 7, 2021 Nov 2, 2021 Jan 6, 2022 Feb 22, 2022
ISB MBA application deadlines:
Sep 12, 2021 R2 tbc
Kellogg MBA application deadlines:
Sep 15, 2021 Jan 5, 2022 April 6, 2022
London Business School – LBS MBA application deadlines:
Sep 10, 2021 Jan 6, 2022 March 25, 2022
MIT MBA application deadlines:
Sep 28, 2021 Jan 19, 2022 April 12, 2022
NYU MBA application deadlines:
Sep 15, 2021 Oct 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2022 March 15, 2022
Stanford MBA application deadlines:
Sep 9, 2021 Jan 5, 2022 April 12, 2022
UCLA MBA application deadlines:
Oct 5, 2021 Jan 4, 2022 April 12, 2022
Wharton MBA application deadlines:
Sep 8, 2021 Jan 5, 2022 March 30, 2022
Yale MBA application deadlines:
Sep 14, 2021 Jan 6, 2022 April 12, 2022
* = rolling admissions.
EA = Early Action deadline.
For the full list, download our BusinessBecause MBA Application Guide 2021-22, where we guide you through the key components of a successful MBA application and provide exclusive insight and application tips from leading MBA admissions directors.