Georgetown McDonough & USC Marshall Extend Round 2 MBA Deadlines
Two leading MBA programs have quietly extended their Round 2 admissions deadlines in the past several days. In emails to applicants who had begun (but not submitted) applications or who had previously expressed interest in the MBA program, both USC and Georgetown offered additional days for applicants to submit–albeit in slightly different ways.
USC Marshall’s message, which suggested that their decision was driven by applicant requests for more time, was as follows:
“Greetings from Marshall! Our Round #2 MBA application deadline of January 5th has passed. However, a number of candidates have requested minor extensions. In fairness to all applicants, we are extending the Round #2 deadline to January 10, 2020.”
Georgetown McDonough’s message was pitched as more of an ‘exclusive’ offer:
“Your application to the Georgetown McDonough MBA Program is nearly complete! We would like to offer you an exclusive extension to our Round 2 deadline. To take advantage of this limited offer, please submit your application by Monday, January 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET.”
Clear Admit’s Alex Brown shared the following thoughts on these extensions:
“Given the deadline congestion in early January, it’s likely that these programs didn’t see the sort of volume they’d hoped for in Round 2, leading them to offer applicants more time in hopes of boosting the number of applications. What’s a bit odd here is that it’s unclear if those who actually managed to make the deadlines are also being given some extra time to further revise and polish – as that would really be the only fair way to extend a deadline.”
Stay tuned for more on this developing story as we track additional activity from the schools and application volume in general.