MBA Application
Deadlines for 2024-2025

When it comes to securing a spot in a prestigious MBA program, timing is everything. That’s why understanding MBA deadlines is a crucial first step to plotting a successful application strategy. Crafting a savvy plan for which target schools you will apply to and when helps you map out your timing. That, in turn, helps you manage all the tasks you’ll need to check off before each deadline.

We’ve gathered the MBA application deadlines for top schools here to guide your planning. Please check this page often, as we update MBA deadlines frequently as they are announced. We also explain different rounds and types of deadlines and how each one works. Keeping track of MBA program deadlines will ensure you submit your application on time and increase your chances of acceptance. 


MBA Application Deadlines for 2024-2025

Business School MBA Application Deadlines Interview Decision Deadlines Final Decision
Round
1
Round 2 Round 3 Round
4
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round
4
Round
1
Round 2 Round 3

Round
4

Berkeley Haas Sept 12,
2024
Jan 9,
2025
April 3, 2025 Dec 12,
2024
Mar 27, 2025 May 8,
2025
Cambridge Judge Aug 27,
2024
Oct 7,
2024
Jan 5,
2025

Mar 31,
2025

Carnegie Mellon Tepper
Chicago Booth
Columbia Sept 10, 2024  Jan 7,
2025
April 1, 2025 By Nov 15,
2024
By Feb 20, 2025 By May 1, 2025 By Dec 20,
2025

By Mar 26,
2025

By May 15,
2025
Cornell Johnson
Dartmouth Tuck
Duke Fuqua

Harvard Business School Sept 4,
2024
Jan 6,
2025
Dec 10,
2024
Mar 26, 2025
Harvard Business School 2+2 TBD
HEC January Intake Aug 19,
2024
Sep 16,
2024
Oct 14,
2024
Nov 12,
2024
Sep 20,
2024
Oct 18,
2024
Nov 15, 2024 Dec 13,
2024
HEC September Intake
IE Rolling Rolling
IESE Sept 19,
2023
Jan 9,
2024
Mar 21,
2024
May 13-
31,
2024
Oct 3, 2023 Jan 26,
2024
Apr 8,
2023
May 21-
Jun 5, 2024
Nov 20,
2023
Mar 18,
2024
May 20, 2024 Jun 3-17,
2024
IMD (Rolling deadlines) Aug 15,
2024
Sept 15, 2024 Oct 15,
2024
Oct 1,
2024
Oct 18, 2024  Nov 8, 2024
Imperial Jun 14,
2024
INSEAD Aug Intake Sept 10,
2024
Nov 5, 2024 Jan 14,
2025
Mar 4,
2025
Oct 11,
2024
Dec 6,
2024
Feb 14,
2025
April 4, 2025 Nov 15
2024
Jan 10, 2025 Mar 21, 2025 May 2,
2025
INSEAD Jan Intake Mar 12,
2024
Apr 23,
2024
Jun 18,
2024
Aug 6,
2024
April 12, 2024 May 24, 
2024
July 19,
2024
Sept 6, 2024 May 17,
2024
July 5,
2024
Aug 23, 2024 Oct 11,
2024
Ivey R5: Nov 18, 2024 R6: Jan 10,
2025
R3: July 8, 2024 R4: Sept
23, 2024
London Business School June 7, 2024
Michigan Ross Sept. 9,
2024       
Jan. 6,
2025     
Mar 24,
2025  
Dec. 6,
2024       
Mar 14,
2025  
May 2,
2025          
MIT Sloan
Northwestern Kellogg

Sept 11,
2024

Jan 8,
2025
April 2,
2025
Dec 11,
2025
Mar 26,
2025

May 7,
2025

NYU Stern Sept 16, 2024 Oct 16, 2024 Jan 16,
2025
April 16,
2025
Dec 1,
2024
Jan 1,
2025
April 1,
2025
Ongoing
Oxford Saïd
Penn Wharton

Sept 4,
2024

Jan 3,
2025

April 2,
2025

Deferred
Round:
April 23, 2025

Oct 24,
2024

Feb 19,
2025

April 18,
2025
Deferred
Round:
May 29,
2025
Dec 10,
2024

April 1,
2025

May 13,
2025

Deferred
Round:
July 1,
2025

Rotman
Stanford GSB
Stanford GSB  Knight Hennessey Scholars
Texas McCombs Oct 15,
2024
Jan 15,
2025
April 1,
2025
May 15,
2025
Dec 17,
2024
Mar 27, 2025 April 29, 2025 June 5, 2025
UCLA Anderson Oct 1,
2024

Jan 6,

2025

May 7,
2025
Virginia (UVA) Darden

Early
Action:

R1:

Early Action: R1:
Yale SOM Sep 10, 2024 Jan 7,
2025
April 8,
2025

Deadlines and Rounds

Most business schools use a system of admission rounds, with two to four rounds of deadlines in an application cycle that typically runs from September well into spring. MBA deadlines are usually announced in June and July for programs starting the following year in August or September.

Round 1 MBA application deadlines are usually in September or October. This is when the top schools receive the most — and sometimes the strongest —applications and when admissions committees make most of their decisions, making offers to fill up to half of the class.

Round 2 MBA application deadlines are usually in January. Candidates applying in this round have taken advantage of a couple of extra months to polish and perfect their applications, so most of the remaining slots are offered in this round. 

Round 3 and 4 MBA deadlines, the last chance to apply for the upcoming academic year, are in March or April. At this stage, admissions committees at the most competitive US schools are looking for hidden gems – candidates with unique profiles who will bring something special to the class. Some MBA programs, like the London Business School, save slots for these final rounds to allow themselves some flexibility to round out and balance the overall class profile. Getting admitted in late rounds can be tough, but with a sound strategy and a profile that really stands out, it's still possible to win a spot in the class. 

Deadlines for the most competitive schools tend to come first in the cycle. Usually, HBS’ first  deadline falls in the early days of September. The Wharton MBA deadline is around the same time; the Stanford GSB deadline is just a few days behind, along with LBS and other ultra-selective schools. 

Early Action Deadlines

Some MBA programs (including Fuqua and Darden) offer early action deadlines, usually in September or October. Those opting for these deadlines are considered first and are notified of admission weeks before the rest of the class. However, selecting the early action option at Fuqua requires a binding commitment; if you are accepted, you must attend that school.

Rolling Admissions

A few business schools (including HEC Paris, Rotman and Babson) offer rolling admissions, meaning they review applications as they receive them and make decisions on a continuous basis. Applying early in rolling admissions can be advantageous, as there are more seats available early in the cycle. Columbia Business School was one of the most prominent schools using both rolling admissions and early decision, but it ended both in 2023. Columbia MBA deadlines now follow the common system of three rounds, with decisions delivered after the deadline.  

Deadlines for Deferred MBA Entry

Deferred MBA enrollment programs are designed for applicants who are in their final year of undergraduate or graduate studies and who would like to pursue an MBA after typically two years of professional experience. Usually there is one deadline for deferred enrollment applications and in most cases it falls in April.  

MBA Program Deadlines for January Intakes

Columbia Business School offers a “J-Term” which is a cohort that starts in January and follows an accelerated path, graduating in 16 months. Some international b-schools also offer MBA programs that start in January - these include INSEAD, HEC Paris, IMD and IE. INSEAD and IE also have  a cohort that begins in the more traditional start to the school year in August or September. January intakes have their own set of deadlines on their own cycle. These programs can be a great option for candidates who decide in the spring that they want to attend business school but find they are too late for the majority of schools which start in September. If you find yourself in this situation and have a high GMAT score with options for strong recommendations in hand and you’re eager to jump into your program as soon as possible, you might want to consider a January start. 

Which MBA Deadline is Right for You? 

If you have your heart set on the most highly selective schools, you’ll want to apply in Round 1 and put your very best effort into your application. But most candidates find that it’s too difficult to submit thorough, polished applications to multiple schools at the same time, with MBA program deadlines just days or weeks apart. 

This is why it’s critical to time your applications strategically. We suggest prioritizing and dividing up your list of target schools by round and deadline, so you can give your maximum time, attention, and energy to each school. Put your best effort into your top target schools first, and apply to a few more strong contenders later. 

If you’re not ready when the first MBA program deadlines roll around, don’t rush. It won’t serve you well. Admissions directors can spot an application that was thrown together to make the deadline and one that was given plenty of thought and reflection. 

It’s better to wait for a later round if the extra time will allow you to deliver a more thoughtful application. And if you don’t get the offer that you hoped for at the start of the admissions season, you still have time to polish applications to more schools before subsequent deadlines.

At Fortuna we are a team of expert coaches and admissions professionals who have made thousands of admissions decisions as members of the top schools’ admissions committees. We know what adcoms are looking for and how you can stand out from the crowd. Book a free 30-minute consultation today to learn how we can help you plan your optimal MBA application deadline strategy.  

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