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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 Round 2 Round 3 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Harvard Business School Sep 8, 2020 Jan 5, 2021 Apr 20, 2020
HBS 2+2 Program deadline Jun 1, 2020
Dec 10, 2020 Mar 30, 2021 Jul 28, 2021
Stanford GSB Sep 15, 2020 Jan 6, 2021 Apr 6, 2021 Dec 10, 2021 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 Mid Sept. Early Jan. Early April Mid Dec. Late March Mid May
Chicago Booth Sep 24, 2020 Jan 12, 2021 Apr 1, 2021 Dec 3, 2020 Mar 18, 2021 May 20, 2021
MIT Sloan Early Oct. Late Jan. Early April Mid Dec. Late March Mid May
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 Early Oct. Early Jan. Late March Mid Dec. Mid March Early May
Berkeley Haas Sep 24, 2020 Jan 14, 2021 Apr 5, 2021 Dec 17, 2020 Mar 25, 2021 May 13, 2021
Yale SOM Early Sep. Early Jan. Mid April Early Dec. Late March Mid May
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 19, 2019, decision Oct 28, 2019
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 9, 2019, decision Oct 9, 2019
Oct 5, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Apr 7, 2021 Mid Dec. Mid March Early May
Emory Goizueta
There is an additional fall submission Nov 15, 2019, decision Jan 24, 2020
Early Oct. Early Jan Mid March Late Nov. Mid March Early May
Cornell Johnson
There is an additional fall submission Nov 5, 2019, decision Jan 15, 2020
Early Oct. Early Jan Early April Mid Nov. Late March Early May
Carnegie Mellon Tepper Early Oct. Early Jan. Early March Mid Dec. Early March Early May
UT Austin McCombs Early Oct. Early Jan. Late March Mid Dec. Late March Early May
USC Marshall Mid Oct. Early Jan. Early March Late Dec. Late March Mid May
NYU Stern
There is an additional fall submission Nov 15, 2019, decision Jan 2, 2020
Mid Oct. Mid Jan. Mid March Early Jan. Early April Early June
UCLA Anderson Early Oct. Early Jan. Mid April Mid Dec. Late March Late May
UW Foster Early Oct. Early Jan. Mid March Late Dec. Late March Late May
Georgetown McDonough
Has Round 4 submission deadline Apr 27, 2020, decision May 27, 2020
Late Sept. Early Jan. Late March Mid Dec. Mid March Early May
Notre Dame Mendoza Mid Oct. Early Jan. Mid March Mid Dec. Mid March Early May
Vanderbilt Owen Mid Oct. Early Jan. Early April Mid Dec. Late March Late April
UNC Kenan-Flagler
Has Round 4 submission deadline Jun 4, 2020, decision on May 18, 2020
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 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 1 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 Early Sept. Early Nov. Early Jan. Early April Mid Oct. Mid Dec. Late March Late May

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 Apr 20, 2020
HBS 2+2 Program deadline Jun 1, 2020
Jul 28, 2021
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Stanford GSB

Submission Decision
Round 1 Sep 15, 2020 Dec 10, 2021
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 Mid Sept. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Late March
Round 3 Early April Mid May
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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 Early Oct. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Late Jan. Late March
Round 3 Early April Mid May
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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 Early Oct. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Mid March
Round 3 Late March Early May
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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 Early Sep. Early Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Late March
Round 3 Mid April Mid May
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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 19, 2019, decision Oct 28, 2019

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 9, 2019, decision Oct 9, 2019

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
There is an additional fall submission Nov 15, 2019, decision Jan 24, 2020

Submission Decision
Round 1 Early Oct. Late Nov.
Round 2 Early Jan Mid March
Round 3 Mid March Early May
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Cornell Johnson
There is an additional fall submission Nov 5, 2019, decision Jan 15, 2020

Submission Decision
Round 1 Early Oct. Mid Nov.
Round 2 Early Jan Late March
Round 3 Early April Early May
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Carnegie Mellon Tepper

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

UT Austin McCombs

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

NYU Stern
There is an additional fall submission Nov 15, 2019, decision Jan 2, 2020

Submission Decision
Round 1 Mid Oct. Early Jan.
Round 2 Mid Jan. Early April
Round 3 Mid March Early June
Back to the top

UCLA Anderson

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

UW Foster

Submission Decision
Round 1 Early Oct. Late Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Late March
Round 3 Mid March Late May
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Georgetown McDonough
Has Round 4 submission deadline Apr 27, 2020, decision May 27, 2020

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 Mid Oct. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Mid March
Round 3 Mid March Early May
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Vanderbilt Owen

Submission Decision
Round 1 Mid Oct. Mid Dec.
Round 2 Early Jan. Late March
Round 3 Early April Late April
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UNC Kenan-Flagler
Has Round 4 submission deadline Jun 4, 2020, decision on May 18, 2020

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
Back to the top

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 Early Sept. Mid Oct.
Round 2 Early Nov. Mid Dec.
Round 3 Early Jan. Late March
Round 4 Early April Late May
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 SternMid Nov.Early Feb.

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