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2020-21 MBA Application Deadlines For The World’s Best Business Schools

The 2020-21 MBA application deadlines are out! Plan your application with our list of MBA application deadlines for the world’s best business schools

By  Marco De Novellis

Tue Sep 15 2020


Are you considering an MBA? Check out our list of 2020-21 MBA application deadlines for the world’s top business schools.

The MBA application cycle is typically divided into several rounds, although every business school is different. The traditional three-round application process has been extended to four, and even five, at some business schools.

Whatever your situation—and especially if you’re an international applicant or want to stand the best chance of getting a scholarship—you’ll need to understand what the different application rounds mean.

DOWNLOAD our MBA Application Guide 2020-21 


MBA Application Deadlines & COVID-19

COVID-19 might make applying for business school more competitive in 2020-21:

- There will be new entrants to the MBA market in 2020-21 as people who’ve lost their jobs  due to COVID-19 consider MBA programs.

- Candidates who decided against applying in the later rounds of the last MBA application cycle may now apply in R1 2020 for a 2021 start.

- Some candidates who were set to start their MBA in late 2020 deferred until 2021.

However, if your application is strong enough, you can still get into a top MBA program in 2020-21, so don’t panic! There may also be fewer candidates applying to US MBA programs this cycle due to visa issues and coronavirus. If you’re an international candidate applying for the US, your profile could stand out.

Ultimately, you should only apply when you’re ready, regardless of the application round. A complete, well-researched, and carefully-thought-out application is more likely to be a successful one.

MBA Application Deadlines 2020-21

The business schools listed below are ranked in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2020 and/or are BusinessBecause partner schools for 2020-21. All deadlines are for full-time MBA programs.

The below list is a roundup of 15 top business schools:

For the full list, download our BusinessBecause MBA Application Guide 2020-21, where we guide you through the key components of a successful MBA application—including GMAT, essays, recommendation letters, and resume—and provide exclusive insight and application tips from leading MBA admissions directors.

Our MBA Application Guide includes deadlines for 130+ business schools, broken down by region and including all the top-ranked b-schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, INSEAD, CEIBS, and more!