It is summer, so lot of people will be busy with their holidays in the beach and mountains. But, it is also a crucial time for the folks who are planning for their MBA admissions in 2017 intake. Apart from high GMAT scores, excellent essays, good GPA, valuable work experience and strong recommendations, you will also need a good action plan in order to get admitted at your dream B-School. To make the plan, you need to decide a timeline, and hence you need to know the MBA application deadlines for 2017 at top universities.
MBA Application Deadlines for 2017 at Top Universities – US Fall Intake
|Round 1 Deadline||
Round 2 Deadline
Round 3 & 4 Deadlines
|Harvard Business School||7-Sep-16||4-Jan-17||3-Apr-17|
|Duke (Fuqua)||13-Sep-16 (Early Action)||NA||NA|
|Cornell (Johnson)||15-Sep-16 (1-Year MBA)||NA||NA|
|Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)||2-Oct-16||2-Jan-17||12-Mar-17|
|Dartmouth (Tuck)||5-Oct-16||2-Nov-16||4-Jan-17 | 5-Apr 2017|
|Cornell (Johnson)||5-Oct-16 (2-Year MBA)||15-Nov-16||10-Jan-17 | 10-Mar 2017|
|Duke (Fuqua)||13-Oct-16 (Round 1)||2-Nov-16 (Likely)||4-Jan-17 (Likely)|
|UNC (Kenan-Flager)||14-Oct-16||2-Dec-16||13-Jan-17 | 10-Mar 2017|
|Indiana (Kelley)||15-Oct-16 (Early Action)||TBA||TBA|
MBA Application Deadlines for 2017 at Top Universities – Europe Fall Intake
Round 1 Deadline
Round 2 Deadline
Round 3 Deadline
Round 4 Deadline
|Cambridge (Judge)||Sep 9, 2016||Oct 21, 2016||NA||NA|
|Oxford (Said)||Sep 9, 2016||Oct 28, 2016||NA||NA|
|INSEAD||Oct 21, 2016||Nov 30, 2016||Jan 25, 2017||Mar 1, 2017|
|HEC Paris||Aug 15, 2016||Sep 15, 2016||Oct 15, 2016||Nov 15, 2016|
|IESE Business School||Oct 4, 2016||Jan 5, 2017 (Appx)|
|NUS BusinessSchool||Jan 31, 2017||Mar 31, 2017|
|London Business School||Sep 25, 2016 (Tentative)||Jan 5, 2017 (Tentative)||Feb 25, 2017 (Tentative)||Apr 20, 2017 (Tentative)|
|SDA Bocconi||Apr 30 (Appx.)|
MBA Application Deadlines for 2017 at Top Universities – Worldwide Spring (January) Intake
|IMD Business School||Switzerland||Aug 1, 2016||Sep 1, 2016|
|IE Business School||Spain||Rolling||Rolling|
|Lisbon||Portugal||Sep 30, 2016||Nov 7, 2016|
|Rotterdam SOM||Netherlands||Sep 12, 2016||Nov 14, 2016|
|EDHEC||France||Nov 15, 2016|
|ESMT||Germany||Oct 1, 2016||Nov 2, 2016|
|Hochschule Pforzheim||Germany||Dec 15, 2016|
|UMass Boston||USA||Nov 1, 2016|
|Georgia State||USA||Oct 15, 2016|
|Queen’s University||Canada||Sep 12, 2016||Nov 14, 2016|
|York (Schullich)||Canada||Sep 15, 2016||Oct 15, 2016|
|SMU||Singapore||Oct 15, 2016|
|UNSW||Australia||Aug 1, 2016|
|University of Melbourne||Australia||Oct 31, 2016|
|University of Auckland||New Zealand||Oct 31 / Nov 1, 2016|
|University of Birmingham||United Kingdom||Oct 15, 2016 (Tentative)|
So, Get.. Set… Go !!!
How and When to Apply for MBA Programs at Top Universities
You might be wondering why there are different application rounds, and which round to apply for. Well as far as I understand the concept behind multiple application rounds is to ease out the work load of the Adcoms (admission committee). Otherwise universities will receive high volume of applications just before the single application deadline. Multiple application rounds thereby distribute the workload through the whole application window (say 6 – 8 months). More importantly multiple applications rounds also provide some backup chances. Let’s say you apply to three schools in Round 1 (in September or October 2016). You will then get your decision by December. If you cannot make to your desired school (or any of them) in the Round 1, you can still apply to other schools in the Round 2 and get admitted. There is no point of applying to a same school in both Round 1 and Round 2 (or Round 3); in that case you can apply to the same school next year.
Now let’s come to the point which round you should apply for. The best thing would be of course to apply as early as possible (just like the cases of getting early bird discounts). However, that does not mean that you should rush through your essays or with a lower GMAT score (as per as the cut-off) and then submit just on the last date. That will hamper you’re your chances significantly. Apply when you are ready, but it should be early enough.
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