For College Seniors

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.