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Deadlines Announced for the 2018-2019 MBA Admissions Season

Fortuna Admissions, HBS 2019 deadlines


We’re off and running: Harvard Business School just announced an R1 deadline for the Class of 2021 of Wednesday, September 5, 2018. And to keep everyone on their toes over the holidays, the HBS R2 deadline is Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Columbia Business School, the only top US school that uses rolling admissions, has confirmed October 3, 2018 for its early action deadline.

And we already know that INSEAD has R1 on Sept 19, 2018, R2 on November 14, R3 on January 9, 2019 and R4 on March 6 (2019). It’s also worth noting that HEC Paris already closed its upcoming June 1st and July 1st deadlines over a month early this year “due to the high volume of excellent applications.”

No Changes to HBS Essay

In an HBS admissions blog posted yesterday, director Chad Losee (now in his second year at the helm of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid), confirms that the HBS essay question remains the same. Meaning that it’s still the maddeningly open-ended: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?”

By early June of this year, HBS hopefuls can expect to access the Class of 2021 application. Note that HBS will host an optional webinar previewing the application on Wednesday, June 6.


First Round Deadlines for the 2018/2019 admissions season

Deadline School Decision
September 5, 2018 – R1 Harvard Business School TBD
January 3, 2019 – R2 Harvard Business School TBD
October 3, 2018 – early action Columbia Business School TBD

Deadlines for the 
2018/2019 admissions season: European Schools

Deadline School Decision
Sept 19, 2018 – R1 (Sept. 2019 intake) INSEAD November 23, 2018
November 14, 2018 – R2 INSEAD January 25, 2019
January 9, 2019 – R3 INSEAD March 15, 2019
March 6, 2019 – R4 INSEAD May 10, 2019
May 1, 2018 (rolling) HEC Paris June 8, 2018
June 1, 2018 HEC Paris July 6, 2018
July 1, 2018 HEC Paris July 27, 2018
August 15, 2018 HEC Paris September 21, 2018
September 15, 2018 HEC Paris October 19, 2018
October 15, 2018 HEC Paris November 16, 2018
November 15, 2018 HEC Paris December 14, 2018

So far, HBS and Columbia are the first of the M7 to debut their 2019 admissions deadlines, but stay tuned to Fortuna Admissions for updates as more are announced in the coming weeks. For the most essential facts and stats on each program, check out Fortuna’s Business School Profiles.

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