Applying to a top MBA program is a length process and we advise MBA hopefuls to allocate at least 8 to 12 months to complete their MBA application journey. Business school applications might feel like a daunting task but it can be broken down fairly easily in several parts that will provide you with key milestones to hit during the journey.
While there is not a unique timeline to prepare a successful application. After all, one of our past applicants complete everything (including the GMAT) within 3 months and we have worked with numerous applicants on fast-track applications (2 weeks and less), we would advise you to consider the below timeline as a guide. This timeline can naturally be adapted to Round 2 (January) applicants or to even later applications rounds.