MBA Application Deadline 2021

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MBA Application Deadline

The time for MBA entrances is here yet again. With all that’s been going on this year, it has been really tough for all the students, but now it’s time to gear up for the exams that you have been preparing for so long. Along with your preparation, you should also be aware of application deadlines set by different business schools, so as to apply in advance without any delays. A lot of business schools have already announced their application deadlines for the Fall intake, 2021. Find out everything about MBA application deadline and rounds in this blog!

MBA Application Deadline 2021

The applications for MBA are expected to increase this year because of the economic slowdown. Due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, business schools have been providing deferred enrolment for MBA 2021 batch. Many students might even apply in 2021. A handful of the top colleges have announced their application deadline while they are yet to let out their application forms! Have no worries, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of tentative MBA application deadline for different business schools. However, these dates are not final and subject to change depending upon the global scenario:

Business Schools Application Round Application Deadline Decisions  
Harvard Business School Round 1
Round 2
Sep. 8, 2020
Jan. 5, 2021
Dec 10, 2020
Mar. 30, 2021
 
Wharton Business School Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sep. 5, 2020
Jan. 5, 2021
Mar. 31, 2021
Dec. 16, 2020
Mar. 25, 2021
May 11, 2021
 
Columbia Business School Round 1 Apr. 9, 2021 Rolling  
INSEAD Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Sep 11, 2020
Nov. 6, 2020
Jan. 8, 2021 
Feb. 26, 2021
Nov. 29, 2020
Jan 22, 2021
Mar 19, 2021
May 7, 2021
 
Chicago Booth School of Business Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sep. 4, 2020
Jan. 12, 2021
Apr. 1, 2021
Dec 3, 2020
Mar 18, 2021
May 20, 2021
 
UC Berkeley Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sep. 4, 2020
Jan. 14, 2021
Apr. 5, 2021
Dec 17, 2020
Mar. 25, 2021
May 13, 2021
 
UT Austin Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Oct. 13, 2020
Jan. 5, 2021
Mar. 30, 2021
May 11, 2021
Dec. 17, 2020
Mar. 25, 2021
May 6, 2021
June 17, 2021
 
NYU Stern Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Oct. 15, 2020
Nov 15, 2020
Jan. 15, 2021
Mar. 15, 2021
Jan 1, 2021
Feb 1, 2021
Apr 1, 2021
June 1, 2021
 
Virginia Darden Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Oct. 5, 2020
Jan. 4, 2021
Apr. 7, 2021
Rolling
Rolling
Rolling
 
Yale School of Management Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sep. 15, 2020
Jan 7, 2021
Apr. 13, 2021
Dec 8, 2020
Mar. 26, 2021
May 18. 2021
 
Stanford Graduate School of Business Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sep. 15, 2020
Jan 6, 2021
Apr. 8, 2021
Dec. 10, 2020
Apr 1, 2021
May 20, 2021
 
Kellogg School of Management Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sep. 16, 2020
Jan 6, 2021
Apr. 7, 2021
Dec. 9, 2020
Mar. 24, 2021
May 12, 2021
 
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Sep. 20, 2020
Jan 4, 2021
Mar. 29, 2021
Apr 1-June 1, 2021
Dec. 10, 2020
Mar 18, 2021
May 6, 2021
May 10- July 1, 2021
 
Duke Fuqua School of Business Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Oct. 20, 2020
Jan 7, 2021
Mar. 26, 2021
Dec. 18, 2020
Mar. 20, 2021
Apr. 30, 2021
 
UCLA (Anderson) Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Oct. 2, 2020
Jan. 8, 2021
Apr. 16, 2021
Dec. 18, 2020
Mar. 6, 2021
May 21, 2021
 

Note: This is a list of tentative MBA application deadlines.

Which Round is the Best?

Apart from MBA application deadlines, the question regarding MBA application round is a very common question amongst the students. Everyone wonders which round of application they should apply in. Well, there’s no one answer to that and it completely depends on your background, scores and your application readiness.  Let’s understand about each of these rounds in a bit more depth:

First Round

The application submission rate in the first round is comparatively less to the other rounds, thus making it a little less competitive. Applying in the first round demonstrates confidence to the business schools and shows that you have been planning this out for a long time and wish to make a strong bid for consideration. Generally, the acceptance rate is highest in the first round. However, this does not mean that you have to apply in this round at any cost even if your application is not ready. So, if you have a bit of a weak GMAT score but are ready with your application, you should consider applying in this round.

Also Read: Is MBA After MBBS a Good Option?

Second Round

Many people feel wrong about applying to the second round and think the chances are low in the second round. Though the competition is definitely higher in this round, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to get selected in this round. The only hard thing about the second round is there is a larger pool of applications with fewer acceptances remaining. But, if you have a solid GMAT score, then it shouldn’t bother you. You can actually leverage the extra time provided to you by applying in the second round to work on your application. If you feel that you are not prepared with your application and not confident enough for the first round, then you should take some time and apply in the second round.

Third Round

The third round is usually the last round in most of the colleges. There are a lot less acceptances remaining by this round and it is really difficult to get admission in this round. Unless you have a stellar background profile and GMAT scores, it’s hard to get admitted in this round. By this point, the only chance of selection is if you bring something really diverse to the table which the university is looking for. So, it’s really a risky idea to apply in this round even if you have a good GMAT score and should prefer to apply in any of the first two rounds.

Fourth Round

As noticed in the above table, there are only a few business schools with a fourth-round for applications. The acceptance rate is almost negligible in the fourth round and it is always discouraged to apply in this round as many schools don’t even have the fourth round. So, unless you couldn’t apply in the first three rounds due to some emergency or any other reason, you should never even think of applying in the fourth round.

Other Factors Affecting this Decision

  • Target Business School- Your target business school plays a major role in affecting this decision. If you are applying in one of the top business schools, then it’s always better to apply early as the acceptance rate keeps on decreasing during later rounds because of the robust competition.
  • International Applicants- International students are usually advised to apply during the first two rounds as they require more time for completing visa processing and other formalities as well. Many business schools don’t even allow international applicants to apply after the second round.

Must Read: MBA Acceptance Rate at Top US Business Schools

Thus, this was all the information regarding MBA application deadline and we hope you got a little more clarity regarding the same. Hoping to study MBA from abroad? Reach out to our experts at  Leverage Edu to get assistance in getting admission in your dream university. Sign up for a free session with us now!

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