MBA Deadlines & Timeline

Most universities have multiple rounds of admissions, and we recommend applying early.

Deadlines & Timeline

A few schools do offer rolling admissions, meaning that candidates are admitted as applications come in till the class is full.

However, the bulk of acceptances are sent out in the earlier rounds. Schools tend to use the last round to fill the remaining few spots in the class. Competition for the last round is extremely fierce. Since the number of available spots is very low, the number of applicants per spot is high. Furthermore, schools might have waitlisted or reserved judgement on many candidates in the previous rounds. All of them are included in the assessment in the final round.
Hence, we strongly recommend that you apply in the early rounds. Moreover, many schools encourage international students to apply in earlier rounds to allow for sufficient visa-processing time.

The ideal time to start gathering information about schools and developing your story is about 5 months before the first round deadline of your target school. This would give you time to research the schools and craft an interesting application package.

For the average candidate, a sample timeline for the application process could look something along these lines (we have used Harvard as an example):

  • May 11 – Finish brainstorming
  • May 18 – Complete first draft
  • August 16 – Take GMAT and IELTS
  • September 3 – Submit application
  • September 5– Submit letters of recommendation
  • September 7 – First deadline
  • October 14– Invitation to interview
  • October 29 – Interview
  • December 7 – Decision
  • January 15 – Pay enrolment fee to the B-school
  • March 1 – Join an MBA pre-requisite course
  • August 1 – Matriculate (MBA program begins)

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Founded in 2006 by a team of MBA graduates, Prep Zone Academy has remained one of the top GMAT preparation centre and MBA admissions consultancy in Singapore. With the help of our veteran consultants, many professionals have gotten into top MBA programs around the world.

Over the past 12 years, we have helped more than 1,000 candidates securing admission offers at top MBA programs. In 2019, 35% of our 70+ MBA applicants received at least one admission offer from an M7 School – Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, MIT, Columbia.

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