2020-2021 MBA Application Deadlines + Decision Release Dates

MBA application deadlines for Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3 of the 2020-2021 admissions cycle are listed below (with extra information about early decision and Round 4 / Round 5 deadlines at schools that offer them).

Please note: not all business schools have released their 2020-2021 MBA application deadlines yet, therefore, we have offered approximations based on previous years’ data (e.g., “Early Oct., Mid March”)

Applying in a future year?

Application deadlines don’t change much from year to year, so if you are planning your MBA applications in a future year, you can still reference this data. The application deadlines next year for a given MBA program are very likely to be similar to the ones this year for that same MBA program.

US MBA Program Deadlines

Submission Decision
Schools Round 1 Submissions Round 2 Round 3 Round 1 Decisions Round 2 Round 3
Harvard Business School Sep 8, 2020 Jan 5, 2021 N/A
HBS 2+2 Program deadline 2021 TBD
Dec 10, 2020 Mar 30, 2021 N/A
Stanford GSB Sep 15, 2020 Jan 6, 2021 Apr 6, 2021 Dec 10, 2020 Apr 1, 2021 May 20, 2021
UPenn Wharton Sep 15, 2020 Jan 5, 2021 Mar 31, 2021 Dec 16, 2020 Mar 25, 2021 May 11, 2021
Northwestern Kellogg Sep 16, 2020 Jan 6, 2021 Apr 7, 2021 Dec 9, 2020 Mar 24, 2021 May 12, 2021
Chicago Booth Sep 24, 2020 Jan 12, 2021 Apr 1, 2021 Dec 3, 2020 Mar 18, 2021 May 20, 2021
MIT Sloan Oct 1, 2020 Jan 19, 2021 Apr 12, 2021 Dec 16, 2020 Apr 2, 2021 May 20, 2021
Columbia Oct 2, 2020
Columbia’s R1 date is considered “Early Decision” and is for August-entry applicants only. Candidates applying in this round indicate Columbia is their first choice, and must pay a nonrefundable $6,000 tuition deposit.
Jan 6, 2021
Denotes Columbia Merit Fellowship deadline
Apr 9, 2021 Rolling Rolling Rolling
Dartmouth Tuck Sep 28, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 Dec 10, 2020 Mar 18, 2021 May 6, 2021
Berkeley Haas Sep 24, 2020 Jan 14, 2021 Apr 5, 2021 Dec 17, 2020 Mar 25, 2021 May 13, 2021
Yale SOM Sep 15, 2020 Jan 7, 2021 Apr 13, 2021 Dec 8, 2020 Mar 26, 2021 May 18, 2021
Michigan Ross Sep 14, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 Dec 2, 2020 Mar 17, 2021 May 5, 2021
Duke Fuqua
Early action round deadline Sep 23, 2020, decision Oct 27, 2020
Oct 20, 2020 Jan 7, 2021 Mar 25, 2021 Dec 18, 2020 Mar 20, 2021 Apr 30, 2021
UVA Darden
Early action round deadline Sep 2, 2020, decision TBD
Oct 5, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Apr 7, 2021 Mid Dec. Mid March Early May
Emory Goizueta Sep 23, 2020 Jan 13, 2021 Mar 17, 2021 Dec 10, 2020 Mar 25, 2021 Apr 29, 2021
Cornell Johnson
Oct 8, 2020 Jan 5, 2021 Apr 8, 2021 Dec 18, 2020 Apr 9, 2021 Jun 1, 2021
Carnegie Mellon Tepper Early Oct. Early Jan. Early March Mid Dec. Early March Early May
UT Austin McCombs Oct 13, 2020 Jan 5, 2021 Mar 30, 2021 Dec 17, 2020 Mar 25, 2021 May 6, 2021
USC Marshall Mid Oct. Early Jan. Early March Late Dec. Late March Mid May
NYU Stern
There is an additional fall submission Nov 15, 2020, decision Feb 1, 2021
Oct 15, 2020 Jan 15, 2021 Mar 15, 2021 Jan 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021 Jun 1, 2021
UCLA Anderson Oct 2, 2020 Jan 8, 2021 Apr 16, 2021 Dec 18, 2020 Mar 26, 2021 May 21, 2021
UW Foster Oct 6, 2020 Jan 6, 2021 Mar 16, 2021 Dec 18, 2020 Mar 31, 2021 May 21, 2021
Georgetown McDonough
Usually has a Round 4 with submission deadline in April
Late Sept. Early Jan. Late March Mid Dec. Mid March Early May
Notre Dame Mendoza Oct 13, 2020 Jan 12, 2021 Feb 23, 2021 Dec 4, 2020 Mar 12, 2021 Apr 16, 2021
Vanderbilt Owen Oct 12, 2020 Jan 11, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 Dec 18, 2020 Mar 26, 2021 May 7, 2021
UNC Kenan-Flagler
Usually has Round 4, with submission deadline in May
Mid Oct.
The R1 date is treated as “Early Action” meaning applicants are committed to enrolling at the school upon acceptance and must pay a $3,000 deposit.
Early Jan. Early March Early Dec. Early March Mid April

European MBA Program Deadlines

Submission Decision
Schools Round 1 Submissions Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 1 Decisions Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
INSEAD September Sep 11, 2020 Nov 6, 2020 Jan 8, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 Nov 20, 2020 Jan 22, 2021 Mar 19, 2021 May 7, 2021
LBS Mid Sept. Early Jan. Early March Late April Mid Nov. Late March Late May Mid June
Cambridge Judge Sep 7, 2020 Oct 19, 2020 Jan 11, 2021 Mar 8, 2021
R5 on April 26, 2021
Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
IESE Early Oct. Early Jan. Early March - Early Dec. Early March Early May -
Oxford Saïd Sep 11, 2020 Oct 30, 2020 Jan 8, 2021 Apr 9, 2021 Oct 16, 2020 Dec 11, 2020 Apr 19, 2021 May 28, 2021

US MBA Program Deadlines

Harvard Business School

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 8, 2020 Dec 10, 2020
Round 2 Jan 5, 2021 Mar 30, 2021
Round 3 N/A
HBS 2+2 Program deadline 2021 TBD
N/A
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Stanford GSB

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 15, 2020 Dec 10, 2020
Round 2 Jan 6, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Round 3 Apr 6, 2021 May 20, 2021
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UPenn Wharton

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 15, 2020 Dec 16, 2020
Round 2 Jan 5, 2021 Mar 25, 2021
Round 3 Mar 31, 2021 May 11, 2021
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Northwestern Kellogg

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 16, 2020 Dec 9, 2020
Round 2 Jan 6, 2021 Mar 24, 2021
Round 3 Apr 7, 2021 May 12, 2021
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Chicago Booth

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 24, 2020 Dec 3, 2020
Round 2 Jan 12, 2021 Mar 18, 2021
Round 3 Apr 1, 2021 May 20, 2021
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MIT Sloan

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 1, 2020 Dec 16, 2020
Round 2 Jan 19, 2021 Apr 2, 2021
Round 3 Apr 12, 2021 May 20, 2021
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Columbia

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 2, 2020
Columbia’s R1 date is considered “Early Decision” and is for August-entry applicants only. Candidates applying in this round indicate Columbia is their first choice, and must pay a nonrefundable $6,000 tuition deposit.
Rolling
Round 2 Jan 6, 2021
Denotes Columbia Merit Fellowship deadline
Rolling
Round 3 Apr 9, 2021 Rolling
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Dartmouth Tuck

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 28, 2020 Dec 10, 2020
Round 2 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 18, 2021
Round 3 Mar 29, 2021 May 6, 2021
Round 4 Apr 1, 2021
Rolling
Rolling from May 10, 2021 to July 1, 2021
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Berkeley Haas

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 24, 2020 Dec 17, 2020
Round 2 Jan 14, 2021 Mar 25, 2021
Round 3 Apr 5, 2021 May 13, 2021
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Yale SOM

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 15, 2020 Dec 8, 2020
Round 2 Jan 7, 2021 Mar 26, 2021
Round 3 Apr 13, 2021 May 18, 2021
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Michigan Ross

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 14, 2020 Dec 2, 2020
Round 2 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 17, 2021
Round 3 Mar 29, 2021 May 5, 2021
Round 4 Jun 1, 2021 Jun 25, 2021
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Duke Fuqua
Early action round deadline Sep 23, 2020, decision Oct 27, 2020

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 20, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
Round 2 Jan 7, 2021 Mar 20, 2021
Round 3 Mar 25, 2021 Apr 30, 2021
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UVA Darden
Early action round deadline Sep 2, 2020, decision TBD

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 5, 2020 Mid Dec.
Round 2 Jan 4, 2021 Mid March
Round 3 Apr 7, 2021 Early May
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Emory Goizueta

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 23, 2020 Dec 10, 2020
Round 2 Jan 13, 2021 Mar 25, 2021
Round 3 Mar 17, 2021 Apr 29, 2021
Back to the top

Cornell Johnson

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 8, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
Round 2 Jan 5, 2021 Apr 9, 2021
Round 3 Apr 8, 2021 Jun 1, 2021
Back to the top

Carnegie Mellon Tepper

Submission Decision
Round 1 Early Oct. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Early March
Round 3 Early March Early May
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UT Austin McCombs

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 13, 2020 Dec 17, 2020
Round 2 Jan 5, 2021 Mar 25, 2021
Round 3 Mar 30, 2021 May 6, 2021
Back to the top

USC Marshall

Submission Decision
Round 1 Mid Oct. Late Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Late March
Round 3 Early March Mid May
Round 4 Mid June
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NYU Stern
There is an additional fall submission Nov 15, 2020, decision Feb 1, 2021

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 15, 2020 Jan 1, 2021
Round 2 Jan 15, 2021 Apr 1, 2021
Round 3 Mar 15, 2021 Jun 1, 2021
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UCLA Anderson

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 2, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
Round 2 Jan 8, 2021 Mar 26, 2021
Round 3 Apr 16, 2021 May 21, 2021
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UW Foster

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 6, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
Round 2 Jan 6, 2021 Mar 31, 2021
Round 3 Mar 16, 2021 May 21, 2021
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Georgetown McDonough
Usually has a Round 4 with submission deadline in April

Submission Decision
Round 1 Late Sept. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Mid March
Round 3 Late March Early May
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Notre Dame Mendoza

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 13, 2020 Dec 4, 2020
Round 2 Jan 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021
Round 3 Feb 23, 2021 Apr 16, 2021
Round 4 Apr 6, 2021 Rolling
Back to the top

Vanderbilt Owen

Submission Decision
Round 1 Oct 12, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
Round 2 Jan 11, 2021 Mar 26, 2021
Round 3 Mar 29, 2021 May 7, 2021
Round 4 May 15, 2021 Rolling
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UNC Kenan-Flagler
Usually has Round 4, with submission deadline in May

Submission Decision
Round 1 Mid Oct.
The R1 date is treated as “Early Action” meaning applicants are committed to enrolling at the school upon acceptance and must pay a $3,000 deposit.
Early Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Early March
Round 3 Early March Mid April
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European MBA Program Deadlines

INSEAD January

Submission Decision
Round 1 Mar 11, 2020 May 15, 2020
Round 2 May 6, 2020 Jul 10, 2020
Round 3 Jun 24, 2020 Sep 4, 2020
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INSEAD September

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 11, 2020 Nov 20, 2020
Round 2 Nov 6, 2020 Jan 22, 2021
Round 3 Jan 8, 2021 Mar 19, 2021
Round 4 Feb 26, 2021 May 7, 2021
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LBS

Submission Decision
Round 1 Mid Sept. Mid Nov.
Round 2 Early Jan. Late March
Round 3 Early March Late May
Round 4 Late April Mid June
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Cambridge Judge

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 7, 2020 Rolling
Round 2 Oct 19, 2020 Rolling
Round 3 Jan 11, 2021 Rolling
Round 4 Mar 8, 2021
R5 on April 26, 2021
Rolling
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IESE

Submission Decision
Round 1 Early Oct. Early Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Early March
Round 3 Early March Early May
Back to the top

Oxford Saïd

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 11, 2020 Oct 16, 2020
Round 2 Oct 30, 2020 Dec 11, 2020
Round 3 Jan 8, 2021 Apr 19, 2021
Round 4 Apr 9, 2021 May 28, 2021
Back to the top

Other MBA Application Deadlines for US Business Schools

Early Decision Deadlines

Columbia’s “Round 1” date listed above is considered “Early Decision” and is for August-entry applicants only. Candidates applying in this round indicate Columbia is their first choice, and must pay a nonrefundable $6,000 tuition deposit. 

Similarly, UNC Kenan Flager’s Round 1 date is treated as “Early Action” meaning applicants are committed to enrolling at the school upon acceptance and must pay a $3,000 deposit.

Early Action Deadlines

In addition to a traditional Round 1 deadline, the following schools have an “Early Action” deadline:

SchoolsDeadlineDecision
Duke Fuqua 23-Sep-2027-Oct-20
UVA Darden2-Sep-20TBD

Extra Fall Submission Deadlines

A few MBA programs have a November deadline, in addition to the traditional September/October and January deadlines.

SchoolsDeadlineDecision
Emory GoizuetaMid Nov.Late Jan.
Cornell JohnsonEarly Nov.Mid Jan.
NYU Stern15-Nov-2001-Feb-21

Round 4 Deadlines

Finally, a few MBA programs offer a Round 4 deadline, which is the last application round of the year at those schools.

SchoolsDeadlineDecision
Georgetown McDonoughLate AprilLate May
UNC Kenan-FlaglerEarly AprilMid May