It’s never too early to start preparing your MBA application. In fact, the earlier you start, the better your chances of being admitted to your dream school.
So what tasks should you be doing and when to maximize your chances of getting into a business school.
- MBA application deadlines
- MBA application timeline
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- The first thing you should do is take the GMAT. This test is a key component of your application and your score will play a big role in determining which schools you can apply to. aim to take the GMAT at least six months before you plan on applying to business school. This will give you enough time to retake the test if you’re not happy with your score.
- Next, you should spend time researching schools and networking with current students and alumni of your target business schools.
- Next, you’ll need to start working on your essays. These essays are your opportunity to sell yourself to the admissions committee and you’ll need to make sure that they are well-written and convincing. Start brainstorming topics and drafting your essays at least four months before your applications are due.
- Finally, you’ll need to gather letters of recommendation. These should come from people who can speak about your professional abilities and potential as a business leader. Ask your recommenders at least two months in advance so they have enough time to write a strong letter.
But, when should you start working on your MBA application? That would depend on the application deadlines of your target business school.
Let’s take a look at the application deadlines.
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MBA application deadlines
The MBA application deadlines usually begin in September.
There are 3 application rounds (for most business schools) and applicants are encouraged to apply in Round 1.
Round 1 deadlines are generally in September, Round 2 deadlines in December/January, and Round 3 deadlines in March.
|Business Schools||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|Duke Fuqua||Sep 2, 2021||Oct 11, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Oct 14, 2021||Dec 15, 2021||Mar 16, 2022|
|UPenn Wharton||Sep 8, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Mar 30, 2022||Dec 15, 2021||Mar 23, 2022||May 10, 2022|
|Harvard Business School||Sep 8, 2021||Jan 4, 2022||–||Dec 9, 2021||Mar 30, 2022||–|
|UVA Darden||Sep 9, 2021||Oct 6, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||–||–||–|
|Stanford GSB||Sep 9, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Apr 12, 2022||Dec 9, 2021||Mar 31, 2022||May 26, 2022|
|Yale SOM||Sep 14, 2021||Jan 6, 2022||Apr 12, 2022||Dec 3, 2021||Mar 25, 2022||May 18, 2022|
|Northwestern Kellogg||Sep 15, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Apr 6, 2022||Dec 8, 2021||Mar 23, 2022||May 11, 2022|
|NYU Stern||Sep 15, 2021||Oct 15, 2021||Jan 15, 2022||–||–||–|
|Michigan Ross||Sep 20, 2021||Jan 10, 2022||Apr 4, 2022||Dec 8, 2021||Mar 18, 2022||May 11, 2022|
|Berkeley Haas||Sep 23, 2021||Jan 6, 2022||Apr 7, 2022||Dec 16, 2021||Mar 24, 2022||May 12, 2022|
|Chicago Booth||Sep 23, 2021||Jan 6, 2022||Apr 7, 2022||Dec 2, 2021||Mar 24, 2022||May 26, 2022|
|Dartmouth Tuck||Sep 27, 2021||Jan 3, 2022||Mar 28, 2022||Dec 9, 2021||Mar 17, 2022||May 5, 2022|
|Georgetown McDonough||Sep 27, 2021||Jan 6, 2022||Mar 31, 2022||Dec 9, 2021||Mar 22, 2022||May 5, 2022|
|MIT Sloan||Sep 28, 2021||Jan 19, 2022||Apr 12, 2022||Dec 15, 2021||Apr 4, 2022||Jun 1, 2022|
|Carnegie Mellon Tepper||Oct 3, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Mar 6, 2022||Dec 8, 2021||Mar 9, 2022||May 4, 2022|
|UW Foster||Oct 5, 2021||Jan 4, 2022||Mar 15, 2022||–||–||–|
|UCLA Anderson||Oct 5, 2021||Jan 4, 2022||Apr 12, 2022||Dec 14, 2021||Mar 22, 2022||May 17, 2022|
|Emory Goizueta||Oct 6, 2021||Jan 10, 2022||Mar 16, 2022||Dec 9, 2021||Mar 17, 2022||May 5, 2022|
|Columbia||Oct 6, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Apr 8, 2022||Rolling||Rolling||Rolling|
|UNC Kenan-Flagler||Oct 11, 2021||Jan 10, 2022||Feb 28, 2022||Dec 13, 2021||Mar 14, 2022||Apr 25, 2022|
|UT Austin McCombs||Oct 12, 2021||Jan 6, 2022||Mar 29, 2022||Dec 16, 2021||Mar 24, 2022||May 5, 2022|
|Cornell Johnson||Oct 12, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Apr 12, 2022||Dec 16, 2021||Apr 8, 2022||Jun 1, 2022|
|USC Marshall||Oct 15, 2021||Jan 5, 2022||Mar 1, 2022||Dec 31, 2021||Mar 31, 2022||May 15, 2022|
MBA application timeline
The application process typically should start 10 months before the application deadline. However, we strongly suggest starting preparing at least 1 year before the deadlines of the application round in which you want to apply.
Since most MBA applicants are working professionals it’s better to have ample time to work on your profile so that you can balance work and preparation.
Here’s a timeline if you are targeting admissions for the class of 2023 and are planning to apply in Round 1 or 2 of MBA admissions.
January 2022 – Initiating the application process
- Visit school websites to learn about programs, registration dates, and the admissions process
- Visit candidate information sites
- Contact students and alumni
February – April 2022: Take the GMAT, prepare a strategy
- If you haven’t already – take the GMAT. A GMAT score is valid for 5 years and it can be taken anytime as long as the score remains valid at the time of application submission
- Begin the strategy phase of application preparation
- Focus on three programs and learn about them as much as possible (It is recommended to apply to 4-5 programs in total)
May-August 2022: Application, TOEFL (if necessary)
- Prepare applications (resume, essays, recommendations)
- Prepare for the TOEFL (if necessary)
- Take the TOEFL
- Order transcripts
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August 2022 – January 2023: Applications Submission
- Send transcripts
- Submit applications. According to data from the last few years, admission chances are strongest between August – October (Round 1). In a few instances, Round 2 (November – Early January) submissions are advantageous. Admission chances for the final round (usually Round 3, sometimes Round 4) are usually significantly lower. At most business schools, the final rounds start sometime in January and end in March. Between mid-January and July, however, there are still a number of non-final admissions rounds
- Prepare for interviews
- Confirm recommendations were sent
- Interview (at most schools – if you received an invitation)
January – May 2023: Decisions
- Check admissions decisions
- Decide where to study and notify the school
- Submit scholarship applications (if relevant ones are offered)
- Participate in a Welcome Weekend if one is conducted on campus
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Let’s take a look at the application deadlines.
So, what are the tasks involved in an MBA application?
The GMAT, essays, letters of recommendation, and resumes are all important parts of the process.
What is the timeline for completing these tasks?
You should start preparing your resume about six months before you apply to business school. Essay writing can begin three to four months before you submit your applications.
The GMAT should be taken at least six months before you submit your applications. Letters of recommendation should be solicited about one month before you apply.
Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to complete your applications! Many schools have rolling admissions, which means that they review and accept applications as they receive them. However, applying early does give you an advantage over other candidates.
The tasks involved in an MBA application can seem daunting, but with the help of an experienced admissions consultant, you can make the process much easier.
Here at Admit Expert, we have helped hundreds of applicants get into their dream schools. We know what it takes to craft an application that stands out from the rest. Schedule your free consultation today and let us help you get on your way to achieving your business school goals.