MBA Deadlines ’21-’22 : Updated Releases!

*Updated June 7, 2021

It’s that time of year! The top MBA programs are starting to release their deadlines and applications. Now is the time to pick your first school and start drafting essays in order to be ready for the September and October deadlines. Over the next few weeks, all of the deadlines and essay topics should be released.

Remember, when to apply matters. Early action programs tend to have higher acceptance rates but are typically binding commitments. Round 1 is the optimal round for most applicants, especially those with 4+ years of work experience or who are applying from an over-represented background like consulting. But at the end of the day, the most important factor is what you submit. So, our advice is typically to weigh the factors but don’t sacrifice quality for speed (see our longer article on Round 1 vs. Round 2 if you’re debating right now).  Please note that we did not include Round 3 deadlines below as they are not ideal for most applicants. 

  Early Action Round 1 Round 2
Chicago Booth
  Sept 23 Jan 6
Columbia Oct 6 n/a Jan 5 (scholarship)
UVA Darden Sept 6 Oct 6 Jan 5
Duke Fuqua      
HBS   Sept 8 Jan 4
INSEAD (Sept entry)      
Kellogg   Sept 15 Jan 5
Michigan Ross
  Sept 20 Jan 10
Dartmouth Tuck
Wharton   Sept 8 Jan 5
Yale SOM      
MIT Sloan      
NYU Stern      



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