MBA Admissions for College Seniors
Deferred MBA Admissions programs targeting college seniors are now offered at many of the elite MBA schools.
Deferred programs are for college students who haven’t held a full-time job upon application submission. The most common model for deferred MBA admissions programs is to apply as a college senior (undergrad or grad), gain an admit, and then work for 2-4 years before commencing the program. Through the deferral tenure of 2+ years, MBA program admits typically can access valuable networks and engage career resources within the university. Options for programs are listed in the table below.
At SBC, our team includes the former HBS Associate Director of MBA Admissions who helped launch the 2+2 Program targeting college seniors and other deferred MBA program experts. Contact us for an initial free evaluation here.
|College Senior Programs||Deferred matriculation?||Min years of work deferral||Max years of work deferral||Deadline||Year of Inception*|
|Harvard’s 2+2 Program||yes||2||4||April 2, 2020||2008|
|Wharton MBA Advance Access Program||yes||2||4||April 1, 2020||2019|
|Stanford GSB Deferred Enrollment||both deferred and direct matriculation options||flexible||flexible||April 8, 2020||2010|
|MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission||yes||2||5||April 6, 2020||2019|
|Chicago Booth Scholars Program||yes||2||4||April 2, 2020||2019|
|Chicago Business Fellows Program||direct, part time MBA||0||3||April 2, 2020||2018|
|Darden Future Year Scholars Program||yes||2||4||6 January, 6 April and 1 August||2016|
|Yale’s Silver Scholars Program||no||0||0||April 14, 2020||2004|
|CBS Deferred Enrollment Program||yes||2||5||rolling until April 15, 2020||2018|
Direct Matriculation for College Seniors
Yale Silver Scholars allows for direct matriculation. The first year is the core curriculum, then one year of internships and the last year of MBA coursework. Stanford GSB’s college senior program does have an option of direct matriculation, although it heavily favors two years of work tenure before commencing the program.
Additional college senior tips can be found here.
*Note: Wharton, Yale and Booth’s programs have been longstanding for their own undergraduates and only recently expanded to college applicants outside of their own university.