We’ve reached that time of the application season, when leading business schools are announcing their new MBA application deadlines for the upcoming 2016-2017 admissions. While there are still plenty of schools that are yet to announce new deadline dates, a lot of them have released their application deadlines, while some have also released their essays, questions and recommendation letters.

As an MBA applicant, it’s important for you to keep track of application deadlines and decide by when you will be best prepared to submit your application. While there is a lot of debate around whether or not to put an application in for Round 1 of the application cycle, the best time to apply is when you believe you have the best job possible with your application.

If you have to rush and cut corners to meet a deadline, you will mostly unprepared to submit your application by that deadline. At all the highly selective business schools, admission officials are looking for reasons to cut you from the pool and as many as 80% of the candidates in any school’s applicant pool are usually fully qualified to attend.

That’s the reason why you should put your best foot forward when you apply. At the same time, if you are applying as an international student, you need to make sure that your application is typically submitted in the first two rounds only. This is done to allocate suitable time for visa processing.

The application deadlines released so far include the following schools:

MBA Programme Round 1 Deadline Round 2 Deadline
University of Chicago: Booth September 22, 2016 January 4, 2017
Yale SOM September 14, 2016 January 10, 2017
University of Texas at Austin: McCombs October 11, 2016 January 10, 2017
Emory University: Goizueta October 14, 2016 November 11, 2016
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: Ross October 3, 2016 January 2, 2017
The University of North Carolina: Kenan Flagler October 14, 2016 (R1 for Kenan Flagler is an Early Action Round) December 2, 2016
Harvard Business School September 7, 2016 January 4, 2017
Dartmouth College: Tuck* October 5, 2016 (Early Action Round) November 2, 2016 (November Round)
Indiana University at Bloomington: Kelley October 15, 2016 January 5, 2017
Indian School of Business October 15, 2016 January 15, 2017
Stanford GSB September 21, 2016 January 10, 2017
Columbia Business School Oct. 5, 2016 (Early Decision & Jan. ’17) Rolling Admissions
IIM A PGPX September 12, 2016 November 15, 2016
IIM B EPGP June 01, 2016 – Aug 31, 2016 Sep 01, 2016 – Dec 05, 2016
INSEAD ** September 21, 2016 November 30, 2016


  • * Dartmouth also has a January Round ending on January 4, 2016
  • ** INSEAD has a January Deadline ending on  January 25, 2017


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