Coronavirus Admissions Updates for Round 3

coronavirus admissions updates

There is a lot of uncertainty worldwide as we grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak. For business schools with a final round to come, that means adapting to meet the circumstances of MBA applicants. Here are the latest coronavirus admissions updates as of April 14, 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. However, it will accept applications on a rolling basis thereafter in a one-time Round 4 from April 1 to June 1 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

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

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 2, 2020. 

Berkeley Haas has now added an extended, 4th round deadline of June 1, 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 June 1, 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 July 2, 2020.

UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business—Round 4 Deadline is now July 13, 2020.

On April 8, UNC Kenan-Flagler made the following announcements about their final round admissions process.

We have delayed the official start of the program to August 31 and have extended the Round 4 deadline through July 13, while transitioning to rolling admissions. Applications will be reviewed and admissions decisions will be released on a rolling basis. Most applicants will receive an admissions decision within two weeks of submission.

Due to the COVID-19 situation and applicants’ reduced ability to access and prepare for the GMAT or GRE at this time, new applicants can request a GMAT/GRE waiver. We’ve also waived the application fees for the remainder of the admissions cycle for the Class of 2022.

Kellogg School of Management—Round 3 Extension Deadline is June 1, 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. After the April 8 deadline, we are moving to rolling admissions for Round 3 through June 1.

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.

UPDATE: On April 14, Kellogg made this announcement: We are announcing that we are waiving the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS requirement for those applying to Round 3 for the Full-Time MBA Programs and a Summer Quarter start for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program.

For those who were either waitlisted or denied in Rounds 1 or 2, you will be able to submit an appeal to have your application reconsidered. We will have specific instructions for how to do so in the coming days and will notify you of that process.

Follow this link for information on how to proceed if you have no score, or would like to retest.

Kellogg School of Management

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. That way, you do not have to re-start the application process entirely.

MIT Sloan School of Management—Extended Round 3 Deadline is June 15, 2020.

Applicants who submit a complete application by the original deadline of Thursday, April 9th will receive a decision by May 7th. Per the MIT Sloan admissions page:

To accommodate applicants who are not able to apply by the original Round 3 deadline, we have created an Extended Round 3 Deadline and will continue to accept applications for the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2022 until June 15, 2020. Decisions for applicants who submit after April 9, will be made on a rolling basis.

CMU Tepper School of Business—Extended Rolling Admission until July 31, 2020.

In CMU Tepper’s COVID-19 admissions update, the school notes the following:

Typically, after Round Four has ended, we are still able to receive MBA applications until the end of June and provide decisions on a rolling basis. In response to the growing concern over GMAT/GRE testing availability, we are going to keep our application open as far into the summer as we can. If your application needs to move to or is submitted in the Extended Rolling Round, we will work with you to understand your plans and will be as flexible as possible.

Also of note:

  • Application fees are waived through July 31, 2020
  • Reduced deposit amounts to hold your seat in the class
  • Due to the current challenges of test-taking, we are temporarily allowing candidates with robust quantitative backgrounds to apply without a GMAT or GRE. Admitted candidates will be required to pass the Tepper Mathematics Prep course, attend our Math Skills Workshop, and achieve a 3.0 GPA in their first semester of the program.

Follow the link above for further details on the Tepper admissions process.

CMU Tepper School of Business

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.

Round 3 and Advance Access applicants may still submit their applications without having sat for a standardized test. Read Wharton’s testing updates here.

IU Kelley School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 15, 2020.

Following the April 15 deadline, Kelley School will continue to accept applications from domestic candidates on a rolling basis until June 1. Candidates will receive full consideration for admission and merit-based financial aid.

If disruptions caused by COVID-19 have delayed completion of the GMAT or GRE, candidates are welcome to submit their application prior to taking the tests. The admissions committee will begin the review process, but test scores must be submitted before a final decision is made.  Email ( if you would like to arrange a chat by phone or Skype with a member of the admissions team.

UCLA Anderson School of Management—Round 3 Deadline Extended to June 1, 2020.

From the UCLA Anderson website:

While our formal application deadline is April 16, 2020, we have extended this deadline to June 1, 2020 due to the current circumstances. We will continue to accept all test scores through July 1, 2020 for Round 3 applicants on extension.

If you do not have a test score, you may put June 1, 2020 as the default test date on your application. Then, have the official score from the actual test date sent to us electronically when available. Decision Release date is May 21, 2020 (or within 5 weeks after application submission, whichever is later).

London Business School—Round 4 Deadline is April 22, 2020.

London Business school will accept applications to its programs without a GMAT/GRE score. 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.

“In recognition of the impact COVID-19 has made to the MBA admissions process, and in response to testing center closures and the economy, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has announced new flexibility in its Full-time and Flex MBA application requirements for those applying to begin in fall 2020,” the school wrote in a blog post.

After the Round 4 deadline on April 27, the MBA program will move into a formal rolling admissions cycle. The admissions team will review applications and will send interview invitations on a rolling basis.

The sooner prospective students apply, the sooner their applications are reviewed and considered for an interview invitation. The last day to submit applications will be June 24. All interviews will take place virtually.

NYU Stern School of Business—Round 4 Deadline extended to May 1, 2020. 

The original Round 4 deadline to NYU Stern was March 15. To accommodate applicants, NYU Stern has extended the final deadline for its Full-time Two-year MBA program to May 1. Decisions will be released for applications submitted by May 1 on an ongoing basis. Please note that Stern will also accept the scores from the online GMAT, GRE or TOEFL exams.

Duke Fuqua School of Business—Has Added a Round 4 Deadline of May 19, 2020. 

The third round deadline at Fuqua School of Business passed on March 11, 2020.  However, with test centers shuttered, many prospective students could not take an exam or complete their application on time. In response, Duke Fuqua has added a 4th round deadline, Shari Hubert, Fuqua’s associate dean of admissions, announced on April 14, 2020.

Applicants can schedule a 15-minute chat with a member of the admissions team to ask any questions they have about the admissions process. As a thank you for taking the time to attend a virtual event or speak with us, Fuqua will waive the student’s application fee if they plan on applying in Round 4.

Fuqua School of Business

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. HBS expects a smaller amount of international admits actually being able to make it to campus this fall.

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Darden School of Business

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. In these extraordinary circumstances, 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 ends along with it. 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.

Stacy Blackman

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