MBA Application Deadlines for 2017 at Top Universities

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
Yale SOM 14-Sep-16 10-Jan-17 19-Apr-17
MIT Sloan 15-Sep-16 17-Jan-17 10-Apr-17
Stanford GSB 21-Sep-16 10-Jan-17 5-Apr-17
Duke (Fuqua) 13-Sep-16 (Early Action) NA NA
Cornell (Johnson) 15-Sep-16 (1-Year MBA) NA NA
Northwestern (Kellogg) 21-Sep-16 4-Jan-17 5-Apr-17
Chicago (Booth) 22-Sep-16 4-Jan-17 4-Apr-17
Pennsylvania (Wharton) 27-Sep-16 4-Jan-17 28-Mar-17
UC-Barkeley (Haas) 29-Sep-16 5-Jan-17 6-Apr-17
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 2-Oct-16 2-Jan-17 12-Mar-17
Columbia 5-Oct-16 Rolling 5-Apr-17
Michigan (Ross) 3-Oct-16 2-Jan-17 20-Mar-17
Virginia (Darden) 4-Oct-16 TBA TBA
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
Rice (Jones) 5-Oct-16
UCLA (Anderson) 6-Oct-16 1-Jan-17 12-Apr-17
Duke (Fuqua) 13-Oct-16 (Round 1) 2-Nov-16 (Likely) 4-Jan-17 (Likely)
Texas-Austin (McCombs) 11-Oct-16 10-Jan-17 4-Apr-17
UNC (Kenan-Flager) 14-Oct-16 2-Dec-16 13-Jan-17 | 10-Mar 2017
Emory (Goizueta) 14-Oct-16 TBA TBA
NYU (Stern) 15-Oct-16 15-Nov-16 15-Jan-17
Indiana (Kelley) 15-Oct-16 (Early Action) TBA TBA
Washington (Foster) 15-Oct-16 TBA TBA
Vanderbilt (Owen) 24-Oct-16 9-Jan-17 6-Mar-17

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



Penultimate Deadline

Final Deadline

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
St. Gallen Switzerland Rolling
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.

Also Read: Fall 2017 Application Deadlines and GRE Cut-off for MS in US

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