There is a lot of uncertainty worldwide as we grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak. For business schools that still have a third or final round to come, that means adapting to meet the needs and circumstances of MBA applicants. Here are the latest coronavirus admissions updates as of March 24, 2020. Please note that this list only includes schools that are still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle.
Also, be aware that ETS announced an at home, virtual option to take the GRE beginning March 27. Likewise, GMAC is currently working on an online testing alternative. This interim solution is targeted for availability in mid-April.
Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business—Round 3 deadline is March 30, 2020.
Tuck School will maintain the set round 3 deadline, but allow applications on a rolling basis thereafter in a one-time Round 4 for those who need additional time. Additionally, the school has suspended applicant-initiated interviews for the remainder of this cycle.
Read more about how Tuck is adapting to the COVID-19 crisis in this Tuck admissions update from Director Luke Anthony Peña.
Michigan Ross School of Business—Priority Round 3 Deadline is March 30, 2020.
Director Soojin Kown provided these coronavirus admissions updates in her latest MBA admissions blog post:
Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on GMAT/GRE testing opportunities, we are extending our Round 3 deadline. The priority deadline will remain March 30, but we will accept applications until May 29.
Applications received after the priority deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis. International applicants are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline in order to ensure enough time for visas to be processed. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
UT McCombs School of Business—Round 3 is March 31, 2020/ Round 4 is April 28, 2020.
The UT McCombs School of Business will allow candidates to submit applications to the full-time MBA program in Round 3 without a test score. Applicants need to send in their scores as soon as they receive them. However, you don’t need to pay the application fee until you can submit your test score. Once that happens, the adcom will consider your application complete.
Also, note the following from the Texas MBA admissions team:
An admissions decision cannot be made until we receive your official test score. If your official score report is not received by May 7, 2020, your application will be rolled into Round 4 (for domestic applicants only) or withdrawn (international applicants). A withdrawn application is not a denial and will not impact applications in future cycles.
Chicago Booth School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 2, 2020.
The Round 3 deadline remains in effect. However, due to GMAT testing center closures around the globe, Booth will accept test scores for R3 applicants through an extended deadline of July 1, 2020.
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 2, 2020.
Berkeley Haas has now added an extended, 4th round deadline of May 4, 2020. From the Haas admissions website:
Given the worldwide disruptions caused by COVID-19, we know that it has been a challenging time for everyone. We have opened an extended deadline of May 4, 2020 to assist candidates who have been delayed in completing their application due to their inability to take the GMAT/GRE or difficulty in obtaining letters of recommendation, etc.
Our Round 3 deadline will remain on April 2, 2020, with decisions released on May 7, 2020. Candidates who submit applications for the extended application deadline will receive decisions on June 4, 2020.
UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business—Round 4 Deadline is April 6, 2020.
The Round 4 deadline remains in effect. As of March 24, the school has not announced any changes to the admissions process. In an email from Danielle Ritchie, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions, she noted that “Right now, the R4 deadline remains as April 6 and all deposit deadlines according to our website have not changed. After April 6, we will decide if we are going to add a fifth round.”
Kellogg School of Management—Round 3 Deadline is April 8, 2020.
The Kellogg School has kept the April 8, 2020 deadline for Round 3 applicants. The decision release day also stays in effect on May 13, 2020. If the coronavirus has affected applicants’ ability to fulfill the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement, the school encourages them to continue working on applications.
Follow this link for information on how to proceed if you have no score, or would like to retest.
Stanford Graduate School of Business–Round 3 Deadline is April 8, 2020.
Stanford is not shifting the Round 3 deadline. However, they understand there are some unusual circumstances this year due to COVID-19. With testing centers closing in many locations around the world, the GSB admissions team says they will be as flexible as they can in terms of score reporting.
The admissions team also encourages applicants to apply in Round 3 even if they have issues with delayed recommendation letters, have not yet taken the GMAT, or who plan to retake the exam after April 8. Read more about the Stanford GSB response to COVID-19 here.
Cornell Johnson School of Management—April Round Deadline is April 8, 2020
The Round 3 deadline remains unchanged. However, the Johnson School will provide some flexibility with testing submissions. Here’s a coronavirus admissions update as of March 24 from the school website:
If you are able to submit test scores by June 1, 2020, we will proceed with a final review and decision notification. If you are unable to submit test scores by June 1, 2020, we will transfer your application to the 2020–2021 admissions season so that you do not have to re-start the application process entirely.
MIT Sloan School of Management—Round 3 Deadline is April 9, 2020.
While MIT Sloan acknowledges the uncertainties of COVID-19, as of March 24, the school says it will not affect the admissions process for the remaining cycle. The admissions criteria, process, and timeline remain unchanged. Per the MIT Sloan admissions page:
The timeline for MBA Round 3 remains the same. All applications must be submitted by 3:00 pm EST on April 9, 2020. Applicants invited to interview will be notified in mid to late April and all interviews will be conducted via Skype. Final decisions for MBA Round 3 will be released on May 7, 2020.
CMU Tepper School of Business—Round 4 Deadline is April 9, 2020.
In CMU Tepper’s COVID-19 admissions update, the school notes it has adopted a flexible policy for test scores for the Round 4 deadline on April 9th. Simply note any testing disruptions on your application. The admissions team will work with you to populate your score when available.
If you have not yet taken the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL or your exam date got canceled, submit a Round Four application with all other required application materials. Also of note:
If your circumstances change and you are unable to join the Tepper MBA because of the coronavirus, we will offer an admission deferral to fall 2021 and refund your deposit. Should you need to do this, just stay in touch with admission officers and we will be here to help. We trust that this flexibility will serve to lower any anxiety about submitting your deposit during this uncertain time.
Follow the link above for further details on the Tepper admissions process.
The Wharton School—Round 3 Deadline moved to April 15, 2020.
The Wharton School has decided to extend the Round 3 deadline by two weeks after feedback from worried applicants. Also, the new Advance Access deadline is May 27, 2020. Wharton MBA admissions will release Round 2 decisions on March 26, 2020, as previously planned.
UCLA Anderson School of Management—Round 3 Deadline is April 16, 2020.
According to the UCLA Anderson website, as of March 24, the school has not made official changes for full-time MBA prospective students due to COVID-19. A banner on the site states the following:
We are updating our applicants via email and are working with them on an individual basis to address any concerns. Currently, there are no changes to deadlines, decision dates, program start dates, policies or requirements.
London Business School—Round 4 Deadline is April 22, 2020.
London Business school will accept applications to its programs without a GMAT/GRE score if you cannot take a test in your location. From the coronavirus FAQs section of the LBS website:
Please note, if you already have a GMAT/GRE score you should submit it with your application. If you had planned to retake the test as you feel your score does not reflect your abilities, but are unable to do so, please let us know.
The admissions committee will make a holistic assessment of your overall academic ability. If you progress to the interview stage the admissions committee may ask you to provide a statement describing your quantitative skills and experience. In writing this statement you are welcome to include academic or professional qualification, employment experience or any other relevant information.
Georgetown McDonough School of Business—Round 4 Deadline is April 27, 2020.
The Round 4 deadline remains in effect. As of March 24, the school has not announced any changes to the admissions process.
Yale School of Management—Round 3 Extended Deadline is May 27, 2020.
On March 24th, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Bruce DelMonico, announced the creation of an extended Round 3 deadline of May 27, 2020. This is for candidates unable to submit by the standard deadline, or who have incomplete applications as of April 14.
DelMonico says Yale SOM will notify Round 3 Extended applicants of their admission decision in the second half of June.
Columbia Business School—Application Deadline for the August 2020 Class moved to June 1, 2020
Last week, an email from Amanda Carlson, CBS’s Assistant Dean of Admissions, explained the school’s decision to push back the Round 3 deadline beyond its original date of April 10, 2020. As Carlson noted:
Due to uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus, Columbia Business School will extend our application deadline for the August 2020 class until June 1, 2020.
We plan to admit more candidates toward the end of this application cycle in anticipation that some of our admitted students may struggle, for a variety of reasons, to start in August 2020.
If you are thinking about submitting an application to Columbia Business School, and wonder if it’s too late, it’s not. We are extending the deadline and plan to admit more candidates who will be a great fit in our community.
Harvard Business School— 2+2 Program Deadline moved to June 1, 2020.
Harvard Business School has extended its application deadline for the 2+2 program by two months to June 1. Admissions Director Chad Losee also recently shared that this year’s unprecedented circumstances have prompted the school to maintain a larger waitlist than normal. Due to visa restrictions that we address below, HBS expects a smaller amount of international admits actually being able to make it to campus this fall.
UV Darden School of Business—Rolling Round 3 Deadline through July 15, 2020.
On March 24, Darden announced that its R3 deadline, originally April 6, 2020, would become a rolling deadline until mid-July. The application will remain open until this date to enable applicants to submit missing elements of their application, Darden explained.
Darden already accepts multiple standardized tests, and in these extraordinary circumstances, with widespread, global closures of test centers, we will accept undergraduate university entrance exam scores (SAT, ACT, etc) for consideration as part of our longstanding holistic admissions process.
Follow the link above for more updates on recommendation letters, testing, and the interview process.
A note on visas for international students
Last week, the U.S. government suspended routine visa services globally. We hope that the public health crisis improves in the coming months and the visa suspension is lifted. However, for the moment, the situation raises doubts about non-U.S. students’ plans to study in the United States this fall. Be sure to check in with your target schools directly for the latest information.
We hope these coronavirus admissions updates will help you navigate this unusual process of applying in Round 3 in 2020.