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2020-2021 MBA Application Deadlines

By Linda M

Updated March 31, 2021 Updated March 31, 2021

If you're getting ready to apply for an MBA program for the 2021 academic intake, look no further than our helpful guide below that features all of the top business schools.

Many MBA application deadlines for the 2020-21 intakes have been released, with most of the top b-schools opting for a multiple-round format.

While some schools have paused their MBA offerings for the foreseeable future, plenty of institutions are currently preparing to welcome students for the fall semester.

When looking at the table below, it’s important to check the individual admissions pages of the schools themselves, as deadlines can be subject to change and might vary according to your own personal circumstances.

What round should I apply in?

Applying in the first round of applications is often preferred, as no seats will have been filled in the program yet, which means you’ll have less competition. The second round typically receives the largest volume of applications, and the third round is often the most competitive as most places on a program are already filled. International applicants are encouraged to apply in earlier rounds to allow enough time to secure a student visa and sort out the required admin and documents needed when moving to a new country.

However, it’s recommended that you apply only when you feel confident about your application. There’s no point in rushing it just to make an earlier round’s deadline – make sure you are happy with every element before sending it off.

Our table below details the application deadlines for the full-time MBA programs at some of the world’s best business schools:



Business School


Application Round


Application Deadlines




Round 3 (Sep. 2021 intake)

January 8, 2021

March 19, 2021


Round 4  (Sep. 2021 intake)

February 26, 2021

May 7, 2021

Judge Business School

Round 5

April 26, 2021

Interview date: 4-18 June 2021

Saïd Business School

Round 4

April 9, 2021

May 28, 2021

HEC Paris

Round 3 (Sept. 2021 intake)

April 1, 2021

May 6, 2021

  Round 4 (Sept. 2021 intake) May 1, 2021 June 3, 2021
  Round 5 (Sept. 2021 intake) June 1, 2021 August 7, 2021

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

(Two-year MBA) April Round

April 8, 2021

June 1, 2021

  (One-year MBA) March Round March 8, 2021 (final deadline)  

(Johnson Cornell Tech MBA) Rolling round

March 8, 2021 (final deadline)  

 The Wharton School

Round 3

March 31, 2021

May 11, 2021

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Round 3

April 6, 2021

May 20, 2021

Yale School of Management

Round 3

April 13, 2021

May 18, 2021

The Kellogg School of Management

Round 3

April 7, 2021

May 12, 2021

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Round 3

April 1, 2021

May 20, 2021

The Fuqua School of Business

Round 3

March 25, 2021

April 30, 2021

Tuck School of Business

Round 3

March 29, 2021

May 6, 2021

NYU Stern School of Business

Round 4

March 15, 2021

June 1, 2021

Haas School of Business

Round 3

April 5, 2021

May 13, 2021

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Round 3

April 16, 2021

May 21, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business

Round 3 (Final deadline for international applicants)

March 30, 2021

May 6, 2021


Round 4 (U.S. domestics and Canadian applicants only)

May 11, 2021

June 17, 2021

MIT Sloan School of Management

Round 3 (Aug. 2021 intake)

April 12, 2021

May 20, 2021


This article was originally published in March 2021 .

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Linda is Content Writer at TopMBA, creating content about students, courses, universities and businesses. She recently graduated in Journalism & Creative Writing with Politics and International Relations, and now enjoys writing for a student audience. 


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