MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Sustainability PM
GRE 335, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Tech Engineer
GRE 310, GPA 4.0
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
McCombs School of Business | Mr. CRE
GMAT 625, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Finance Nerd
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Marketing
GRE 327, GPA 3.8
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Wharton | Mr. Global Perspective
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Ms. Marketing Supe Latina
GMAT 720-740 (anticipated), GPA 3.1 (last two years 3.4)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Solutions
GRE 313, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. Valuation Specialist
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Commercial Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Schoolmaster
GMAT 710 (to re-take), GPA 3.5 (Converted from UK)
Wharton | Ms. Atypical Applicant
GRE 314, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. Passion Projects
GMAT 730, GPA 3.15
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Yale | Mr. Army Logistics
GRE 310, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Mr. Clown
GMAT 740, GPA 3.85
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78

2018-19 Full-time MBA Application Deadlines

The biggest news of the 2018-2019 MBA application season came early from Harvard Business School when HBS announced that it would do away with its third and final round (see Harvard B-School Kills An Admissions Round).

With more and more MBA candidates filing their applications in the first and second rounds, respectively in September and January, Harvard admission officials thought an extra round wasn’t really needed, anymore. The school, however, will retain a spring round, however, for applicants to its 2+2 deferred admissions program. Consultants estimate that round three accounts for fewer than 5% of Harvard’s incoming class of roughly 930 MBAs in recent years.

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business also eliminated a round this year: the school’s ‘early action’ round which typically had a deadline of early October. Instead, Tuck is moving to three rounds starting with a first deadline of September 24, a second on  January 7th, and a third on April 1st.  More importantly, the school’s admissions team has made a commitment to speed up admit/deny decisions. Tuck found that MBA applicants to the school had to wait 100 days–longer than any other peer school–to get an answer from Tuck on its November round.

“We’re ‘sun setting’ the ‘applicant-unfriendly’ November round,” announced Tuck admissions chief Luke Anthony Peña,  “We’ll now offer three admission rounds with more applicant-friendly turnaround times.” The upshot: For its November round, Tuck cut the wait time by more than 25% to 73 days to Dec. 6th. Last year, November candidates had to wait until Feb. 9th for a decision.

Once Harvard tips off the season with its Sept. 5th cutoff, the deadlines fall like dominoes. Yale SOM and Duke follow on the 12th, then Stanford and Wharton cutoffs occur on the 18th, followed by INSEAD and Northwestern Kellogg a day later, with Chicago Booth on the 27th and Dartmouth Tuck on the 24th. As more schools report their dates, expect September and October to be ground zero for round one applicants.

Otherwise, there has been some more slight admissions deadline creep in this year’s deadlines, with Wharton scheduling its round one cutoff a day earlier than a year ago on Sept. 18th, along with several other leading schools. For Columbia Business School’s early decision and January intake round, the deadline was also moved up a day to Oct. 4th this year. Columbia offers two intakes, an August entry and an accelerated January intake. Unlike most of its peer schools, Columbia uses a rolling admissions process for both entry options, evaluating applications and extending interview invitations as they are received.

It’s always wise to follow the links to the web pages of the school’s admissions office. It’s always possible that there could be slight changes in the dates, or greater detail. And there can be significant differences in the number of rounds and deadlines from school to school. While HBS is now down to just two deadline rounds, INSEAD and London Business School both have four rounds for each of their intakes. HEC-Paris has a half dozen for its Sept. 2019 intake and an amazing 11 rounds for its Jan. 2019 intake.


No matter what you do, there’s some helpful general advice: If you can, apply in the first round when none of the seats in the class are filled. At most schools, early applicants have an advantage over those that complete their applications in later rounds. Typically, the second application round is the largest, and many schools, including Wharton, advise candidates that round three is the most competitive mostly because the vast majority of the class seats are already filled. There are some other reasons why you want to get your app in early:

  • The ability to receive a scholarship award from the school’s Financial Aid Office prior to the date by which you must respond to your offer of admission.
  • Ample time to complete recommended quantitative and/or language coursework prior to arrival on campus.
  • Access to on-campus housing lottery systems at some schools.
  • Sufficient time to complete the visa application process for international candidates.
  • Attendance at a school’s Admit Weekends. Sometimes, round three candidates lose out on this opportunity.

All that said, the best time to apply is when you believe you’ve done the best job possible with your application. If you have to rush and cut corners to make round one, don’t. Hold off until another round. At all the highly selective business schools, admissions officials are looking for reasons to cut you from the pool. After all, the odds are substantially against you and as many as 80% of the candidates in any school’s applicant pool are usually fully qualified to attend. So you want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward when you do apply.

We’ll update this list continuously as more schools provide info on their new deadlines. If a school has released its essays for the 2018-2019 admissions season, you can access them by clicking on the “Yes” in the table below.


SchoolDeadlineInterview NotificationDecisionEssay Release
HEC Paris (Sept. 2019 Intake)June 1, 2018 (R1)NAJuly 6, 2018Yes
INSEAD (Jan. 2019 Intake)June 20, 2018 (R3)July 27, 2018Sept. 7, 2018Yes
HEC Paris (Sept. 2019 Intake)July 1, 2018 (R2)NAJuly 27, 2018Yes
INSEAD (Jan. 2019 Intake)Aug. 1, 2018 (R4)Aug. 31, 2018Sept. 28, 2018Yes
HEC Paris (Sept. 2019 Intake)Aug. 15, 2018 (R3)NASept. 21, 2018Yes
IESESept. 4, 2018 (Early Decision)NAOct. 19, 2018Yes
HarvardSept. 5, 2018NADec. 11, 2018Yes
Virginia (Darden)Sept. 7, 2018 (Early Action)Mid-July to Late-Sept.Oct. 17, 2018Yes
Oxford (Said)Sept. 7, 2018Sept. 21, 2018Oct. 19, 2018Yes
Cambridge (Judge)Sept. 7, 2018Oct. 21-22, 2018Nov. 5-12, 2018Yes
Cornell (Johnson)Sept. 10, 2018 (Early Action-1-Year MBA)Nov. 15, 2018Dec. 20, 2018Yes
Duke (Fuqua)Sept. 12, 2018 (Early Action)Sept. 25, 2018Oct. 19, 2018Yes
Yale SOMSept. 12, 2018NADec. 5 2018Yes
London Business SchoolSept. 14, 2018Oct. 11, 2018Nov. 21, 2018Yes
NYU (Stern)Sept. 15, 2018 (R1: Fashion & Tech MBAs)NADec. 1, 2018Yes
HEC Paris (Sept. 2019 Intake)Sept. 15, 2018 (R4)NAOct. 19, 2018Yes
Stanford GSBSept. 18, 2018NADec. 13, 2018Yes
WhartonSept. 18, 2018Oct. 30, 2018Dec. 13, 2018Yes
Northwestern (Kellogg)Sept. 19, 2018 (R1)Sept. 21, 2018Dec. 12, 2018Yes
INSEAD (Sept. 20/19 Intake)Sept. 19, 2018 (R1)Oct. 19, 2018Nov. 23, 2018Yes
Dartmouth (Tuck)Sept. 24, 2018NADec. 6, 2018Yes
MIT (Sloan)Sept. 25, 2018NADec. 19, 2018Yes
Chicago (Booth)Sept. 27, 2018NADec. 6, 2018Yes
UC-Berkeley (Haas)Sept. 27, 2018NADec. 13, 2019Yes
Michigan (Ross)Oct. 1, 2018NADec. 21, 2018Yes
Emory GoizuetaOct. 1, 2018 (R1)NANov. 30, 2018Yes
Toronto (Rotman)Oct. 1, 2018 (R1)NADec. 14, 2018Yes
UCLA (Anderson)Oct. 2, 2018NADec. 18, 2018Yes
ColumbiaOct. 3, 2018 (early decision/January intake)Rolling DecisionsRollingYes
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)Oct. 3, 2018 (R1)NADec. 12, 2018Yes
Virginia (Darden)Oct. 4, 2018 (R1)NADec. 12, 2018Yes
Emory GoizuetaOct. 5, 2018 (R1)NANov. 20, 2018Yes
Texas (McCombs)Oct. 9, 2018 (R1)NADec. 18, 2018Yes
Georgetown (McDonough)Oct. 9, 2018 (R1)NADec. 19, 2018Yes
Duke (Fuqua)Oct. 10, 2018 (R1)Nov. 8, 2018Dec. 13, 2018Yes
Cornell (Johnson)Oct. 10, 2018 (R1-1-Year MBA)Nov. 15, 2018Dec. 20, 2018Yes
Cornell (Johnson)Oct. 10, 2018 (Early Action-1-Year MBA)Nov. 15, 2018Dec. 20, 2018Yes
Washington (Foster)Oct. 10, 2018NADec. 21, 2018Yes
IESEOct. 11, 2018 (R1)NADec. 4, 2018Yes
NYU (Stern)Oct. 15, 2018NAJan. 1, 2019Yes
Indiana (Kelley)Oct. 15, 2018 (Early)NADec. 20, 2018Yes
Rice (Jones)Oct. 15, 2018NADec. 14, 2018Yes
UNC (Kenan-Flagler)Oct. 15, 2018 (R1-Early)Sept 5 to Oct. 31 (Open)Dec. 7, 2018Yes
HEC Paris (Sept. 2019 Intake)Oct. 15, 2018 (R5)NANov. 16, 2018Yes
Vanderbilt (Owen)Oct. 19, 2018Nov. 16, 2018Dec. 7, 2018Yes
Cambridge (Judge)Oct. 26, 2018 (R2)Dec. 9-10, 2018Dec. 24-31, 2018Yes
Oxford (Said)Nov. 2, 2018 (R2)Nov. 16, 2018Dec. 14, 2018Yes
Emory GoizuetaNov. 9, 2018 (R2)NAJan. 25, 2019Yes
INSEAD (Sept. 20/19 Intake)Nov. 14, 2018 (R2)Dec. 14, 2018Jan. 25, 2019Yes
NYU (Stern)Nov. 15, 2018 (R2)NAFeb. 1, 2019Yes
NYU (Stern)Nov. 15, 2018 (R2: Fashion & Tech MBAs)NAFeb. 1, 2019Yes
Cornell (Johnson)Nov. 15, 2018 (R2-Nov.)Jan. 10, 2019Feb. 20, 2019Yes
Cornell (Johnson)Nov. 15, 2018 (R2-1-Year MBA)Jan. 10, 2019Feb. 20, 2019Yes
HEC Paris (Sept. 2019 Intake)Nov. 15, 2018 (R6)NADec. 14, 2018Yes

Source: Business school websites


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John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.