How Will COVID-19 Affect the MBA Admissions Process? [MBA Deadline Updates]
With the unprecedented reality of a worldwide pandemic, it is reasonable to be concerned about the MBA admissions process. Universities have emptied out their campuses, and both students and teachers are rapidly trying to adjust to remote learning and a host of other modifications in traditional education. Additionally, job prospects are dwindling as the economy dips and layoffs begin. The lack of clarity around MBA programs with deadlines in summer 2020 or fall 2020 can be anxiety-provoking, so here at Accepted, we want to provide you with the best guidance possible as you consider your application options.
You’ll find below a roundup of MBA deadline extensions and changes. Check back soon for more advice and insight into pursuing an MBA during the current health crisis.
Surveying the deadlines
Here’s what you need to know: [Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, and that the schools listed below may change their policy again in response to change circumstances; please check school websites for updates.]
The Chicago Booth round 3 deadline is April 2, 2020. If applications are submitted on time, applicants can then submit their test scores as late as July 1, 2020.
CMU Tepper is maintaining its Round 4 April 9, 2020 deadline and allowing applicants to submit test scores later.. You will receive Tepper’s decision by the scheduled date of May 21 if you submit an unofficial test score by May 10. If you can’t submit by that date, Tepper will hold your app to its Extended Rolling Round.
In addition to test flexibility for its Round 4 applicants, Tepper is adding an Extended Rolling Round and promises to be as flexible as possible given testing availability or lack of it.
Columbia Business School
The deadline for August admission at CBS has been extended to June 1, 2020. The deadline for submitting test scores has been extended to July 1, 2020.
Johnson is maintaining its application submission deadlines, but allowing applicants to submit test scores later.
Tuck is maintaining its Round 3 deadline and adding a Round 4 this year for applicants who need additional time. Round 4 will work on a rolling basis, and applicants can submit any time between April 1 – June 1, 2020. The applications will be processed as they come in, and Tuck will provide decisions within “several weeks” from submission from May 11 – July 1, 2020.
Tuck’s criteria and required materials, including required test scores, are unchanged.
The deadline for Harvard Business School’s 2 + 2 round was postponed to June 1, 2020 in light of COVID.
There are currently no delayed start dates for any of Kellogg’s programs. Decision release dates are similarly unchanged. Day at Kellogg for newly admitted students will take place virtually instead of in person. For round 3 admissions, those whose exams (e.g., GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS) have been delayed due to closures at testing sites in light of the virus should notify Kellogg (MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.491.3308) and should explain as much in the applications “Additional Short Answer” section.
Ross is extending its Round 3 deadline. Soojin Kwon wrote:
“The priority deadline will remain March 30, but we will accept applications until May 29. Applications received after the priority deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis. International applicants are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline”
The March 15 deadline has been pushed to May 1st, 2020. International applicants should strive to apply sooner to allow time for visa arrangements.
UC Berkeley Haas
Haas is opening a new Extended Deadline of May 4, 2020. Applicants for this deadline will receive decisions on June 4.
Darden is transitioning to rolling admissions for the 2019-20 application cycle with a final deadline of July 15, 2020. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive Darden’s decision.
Wharton extended the Round 3 and Advance Access application deadlines to:
– Round 3: April 15, 2020
– Advance Access: May 27, 2020
Round 3 and Advance Access applicants can submit applications without having sat for a standardized test. However, if you do have scores to report, please do so.
Giving Round 3 applicants an extra ten days to submit their test scores. So if you submit your application by SOM’s Round 3 April 14 deadline, you will have an additional 10 days to submit your GMAT/GRE scores (until April 24). You will receive an answer by May 19.
We’re going to do our best to keep the changing deadline information current. However, please do not rely on this post; confirm the deadlines yourself because the situation is so fluid.
In addition, if you find out a school has changed their deadlines and is not on the list, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
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