2024-2025 MBA Application Deadlines

2024-2025 MBA Application Deadlines

In a typical year, Harvard Business School is the first to post its new MBA application deadlines. But for the forthcoming admissions cycle, UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is the first out of the gate with a 2024-2025 MBA application deadline.

Haas has set a Sept. 12th deadline for round one applicants, promising a decision three months later before Christmas on Dec. 12. Second-round candidates need to file their apps by Jan. 9, 2025, for a March 27th decision. And in the third and final round, the application deadline is April 3, with decisions posted on May 8.

It took Harvard four more weeks beyond its typical release of deadlines to publish the application cutoff dates for what will be the Class of 2027 that will matriculate in the fall of 2025. HBS has a Sept. 4 round one deadline, and a Jan. 6 cutoff for round two applicants (see below). Nearly a month later, Harvard revealed a newly updated application, with three new short essays that replace the one required essay the school has had in place for nearly a decade.

UCLA’s Anderson School followed Haas with deadlines, along with INSEAD, Georgia Tech, Brigham Young and a number of other top business schools. This year UCLA updated its admission policies, allowing applicants to opt out of submitting a test score and instead share examples of coursework, certifications or professional experience that demonstrate their quantitative and analytical abilities in a brief essay.

HBS, which has a new managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid in Rupal Gadhia, is rumored to be tweaking its one and only essay for the forthcoming admissions cycle. That could account for any delay from last year when the school posted app deadlines on May 18th. If past is prelude to the future, you can expect roughly similar deadlines this time around. Harvard’s round one app deadline last year was Sept. 6, with decisions on that round going out on Dec. 6. HBS’ round two deadline was set for Jan. 3, 2024, with decisions due on March 27th.

One possible clue on HBS’ essays could be the recent change in the essay requirement for 2+2 deferred MBA candidates. Harvard dropped its what else should we know open-ended question and replaced it with a choice of two essays from three prompts, each with a 300-word limit. The prompts: 1) How have your experiences shaped who you are, how you lead, and how you will contribute at HBS? 2) What intellectual experiences have influenced your approach to learning and have led you to pursue an MBA? 3) What communities have you been engaged with that have defined how you invest in others?

How long does it take to get an answer after hitting send on your application? That varies from school to school. INSEAD essentially guarantees an answer within ten weeks of completing its application.

In a few cases, you’ll also find that there is still time to apply and get into an MBA class in the fall of 2024. That is especially true for several of the European business schools which have multiple rounds that extend into the summer. Check out Esade Business School, for one.

As the schools release their 2024-2025 MBA application deadlines, we will continuously update our tables to provide applicants with the latest guidance.

Earliest 2024-2025 MBA Application Deadlines

School Deadline Interview Notification Decision Essay Release
Esade Business School June 6, 2024 (R8-Sept. 2024 intake) Rolling June 19, 2024 Yes
Esade Business School June 6, 2024 (R8-Sept. 2024 intake) Rolling June 19, 2024 Yes
IMD June 15, 2024 (R4-Jan. 2025 Intake) Rolling Rolling Yes
Columbia June 18, 2024 (R1-Jan. intake) Rolling invitations No later than Aug. 15 Yes
INSEAD June 18, 2024 (R3-Jan. 2025 intake) July 19, 2024 Aug. 23, 2024 Yes
Esade Business School June 20, 2024 (R9-Sept. 2024 intake) Rolling July 5, 2024 Yes
Western (Ivey) July 8, 2024 (R3-March 2025 Intake) Rolling 4 to 6 Weeks From Applying Yes
ESMT Berlin July 17, 2024 (R4-Jan. 2025 intake) July 25-Aug. 1, 2024 Aug. 8, 2024 Yes
INSEAD Aug. 6, 2024 (R4-Jan. 2025 intake) Sept. 6, 2024 Oct. 11, 2024 Yes
IMD August 15, 2024 (R5-Jan. 2025 Intake) Rolling Rolling Yes
HEC Paris Aug. 19, 2024 (R5) Jan. 2025 Intake) Rolling Sept. 20, 2024 Yes
HEC Paris Aug. 19, 2024 (R1-Sept. 2025 Intake) Rolling TBD Yes
Cambridge (Judge) Aug. 27, 2024 (R1) Sept. 30-Oct. 14, 2024 Rolling Yes
Harvard Business School Sept. 4, 2024 (R1) TBD Dec. 10, 2024 No
Wharton School Sept. 4, 2024 (R1) Oct. 24, 2024 Dec. 10, 2024 Yes
Virginia (Darden) Sept. 5, 2024 (Early Action) Rolling Open Interviews Oct. 16, 2024 Yes
Notre Dame (Mendoza) Sept. 5, 2024 (Early Action) Rolling Oct. 18, 2024 Yes
NYU (Stern) Sept. 6, 2024 (R1–Tech & Entrepreneurship MBA Summer 2025 Intake) Dec. 1, 2024 Rolling Yes
Michigan (Ross) Sept. 9, 2024 (R1) Rolling invitations Dec. 6, 2024 Yes
Stanford Sept. 10, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 5, 2024 Yes
Yale SOM Sept. 10, 2024 (R1) Rolling Rolling Yes
INSEAD Sept. 10, 2024 (R1-Aug. 2025 intake) Oct. 11, 2024 Nov. 15, 2024 Yes
Northwestern (Kellogg) Sept. 11, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 11, 2024 Yes
ESMT Berlin Sept. 11, 2024 (R5-Jan. 2025 intake) Sept. 19-26, 2024 Oct. 2, 2024 Yes
Cornell (Johnson) Sept. 18, 2024 (R1) Nov. 1, 2024 Dec. 6, 2024 Yes
Chicago (Booth) Sept. 19, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 5, 2024 Yes
Dartmouth (Tuck) Sept. 26, 2024 (R1) Guaranteed Interview Dec. 12, 2024 Yes
Minnesota (Carlson) Oct. 1, 2024 (R1) Rolling Nov. 15, 2024 Yes
Emory (Goizueta) Oct. 2, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 4, 2024 Yes
Texas-Austin (McCombs) Oct. 15, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 17, 2024 Yes
Indiana (Kelley) Oct. 15, 2024 (R1) Rolling By Dec. 20, 2024 Yes
NYU (Stern) Sept. 6, 2024 (R1–Luxury & Retail MBA Summer 2025 Intake) Dec. 1, 2024 Rolling Yes
UC-Berkeley (Haas) Sept. 12, 2024 By rolling invitation Dec. 12, 2024 Yes
IMD Sept. 15, 2024 (R6-Jan. 2025 Intake) Rolling Rolling Yes
NYU (Stern) Sept. 16, 2024 (R1) Dec. 1, 2024 Rolling Yes
HEC Paris Sept. 16, 2024 (R5-Jan. 2025 Intake) Rolling Oct. 18, 2024 Yes
Western (Ivey) Sept. 23, 2024 (R4-March 2025 Intake) Rolling 4 to 6 Weeks From Applying Yes
MIT (Sloan) Sept. 30, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 12, 2024 Yes
UCLA (Anderson) Oct. 1, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 13, 2024 Yes
Virginia (Darden) Oct. 2, 2024 (R1) Rolling Open Interviews Dec. 11, 2024 Yes
Georgia Tech (Scheller) Oct. 4, 2024 (R1) Dec. 13-15, 2024 Nov. 22, 2024 Yes
Michigan State (Broad) Oct. 7, 2024 (R1) Rolling Nov. 11, 2024 Yes
Notre Dame (Mendoza) Oct. 15, 2024 (R1) Rolling Dec. 13, 2024 Yes
IMD Oct. 15, 2024 (R7-Jan. 2025 Intake) Rolling Rolling Yes
NYU (Stern) Oct. 16, 2024 (R2) Jan. 1, 2025 Rolling Yes
ESMT Berlin Nov. 6, 2024 (R6-Jan. 2025 intake) Nov. 14-21, 2024 Nov. 28, 2024 Yes
Brigham Young (Marriott) Dec. 1, 2024 (R1) Rolling Rolling Yes

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