Which Apps are Out? MBA Deadlines & Essays

*Updated August 10, 2020

By now, most of the top MBA programs have released their application deadlines and essay topics for the 2020-2021 season. Below we’ve summarized what’s out so far so you can stay on top of it. 

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 banking or consulting. But at the end of the day, the most important factor is actually 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).  

  Early Action Round 1 Round 2 Essays
Chicago Booth
  Sept 24 Jan 12 Live!
Columbia Oct 2 Jan 6 (scholarship) April 9 Live!
UVA Darden Sept 2 Oct 5 Jan 4 Live!
Duke Fuqua Sept 23 Oct 20 Jan 7 Live!
HBS   Sept 8 Jan 5 Live!
INSEAD (Sept entry)   Sept 11 Nov 6, Jan 8 Live!
Kellogg   Sept 16 Jan 6 Live!
Michigan Ross
  Sept 14 Jan 4 Live!
Dartmouth Tuck
Sept 1* Sept 28 Jan 4 Live!
Wharton   Sept 15 Jan 5 Live!
Yale SOM   Sept 15 Jan 7 Live!
Stanford   Sept 15 Jan 6 Live!
MIT Sloan   Oct 1 Jan 19 Live!
Haas   Sept 24 Jan 14 Live!
NYU Stern   Sept 15, Oct 15** Nov 15 / Jan 15 (R3) Live!

* Tuck: All applicants who submit a complete application by September 1, 2020 are guaranteed an interview.

** NYU Stern: Fashion & Luxury MBA and Andre Koo Tech MBA round 1 deadline is September 15, 2020. The Full-Time MBA round 1 deadline is October 15, 2020.

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