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COVID-19 MBA Admissions Updates and Cancellations

The novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 has disrupted daily life for nearly everyone, including MBA applicants, admitted candidates, and current students.  Given the reliance on virtual community in these challenging times, Clear Admit is keeping a running chart and news/notes of how COVID-19 is impacting admissions deadlines, admitted student events, campus visits, and much more.  In the chart and notes section below, you will find everything you need, along with a link to each school’s COVID-19 updates page.

Please let us know if you have any information to add by emailing us at [email protected].

COVID-19 MBA Admissions Updates 

Table last updated: 3/31/2020

Business SchoolAdmitted Student EventsCampus Visit ProgramRecruiting TravelR3/R4 Deadline ExtensionGMAT/  GRE FlexibleCurrent Classes OnlineStart Date DelayDeposit Delay
CEIBSOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, added round 5/13YesYesYes, Oct 12No
CMU TepperOnlineSuspendedSuspendedFlexibleYesYesNoNo
ColumbiaOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, 6/1YesNoNo
DardenOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, 7/15 (rolling)YesYesNoNo
HaasOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, added late roundYesNoNo
HarvardOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes (2+2)YesNoNo
Indiana KelleyOnlineSuspendedSuspendedNo, but added rolling deadlineYesYesNoNo
KelloggOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes (Added rolling, 6/1) +(KFL 6/3)YesYesNoNo
MIT SloanOnlineSuspendedSuspendedNoYesNoNo
NYU SternOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, 5/1YesYes: 1 YR ProgramsNo
OSU FisherOnlineSuspendedSuspendedNo, but added rolling deadlineYesYesNoNo
Rochester SimonOnlineSuspendedSuspendedAdded deadline, 6/15YesYesYes, mid-AugNo
RossOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, 5/29YesNoNo
UCI MerageOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, added 6/1YesYesNoNo
UNC Kenan-FlaglerOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, adding late roundYesNoNo
UT Austin McCombsOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, added R4YesNoNo
WhartonOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, 4/15 for R3 + 5/27 Advance AccessYesYesYes: Lauder ProgramNo
Yale SOMOnlineSuspendedSuspendedYes, added late roundYesYesNoNo


Latest COVID-19 News and Notes

  • Harvard Business School voiced their support for international applicants who may potentially struggle with visa and relocation issues.  The school reaffirmed the admissions team’s commitment to admitting a talented and diverse student body – even in the face of challenges brought on by the pandemic.  The admissions director also shared the fact that they will maintain a larger-than-usual waitlist this season, in light of uncertainty.
  • Kellogg has added some flexibility for applicants.  The school has added a rolling admissions round which will follow their R3 April 8th deadline and run until 6/1.  They will also take test scores after an application is submitted and are accepting the online versions of both the GRE and GMAT.  The latest news from their admissions team is here.
  • AMBS (Manchester) shared the following news: “Forthcoming Full-time MBA admission deadlines remain in place: Round 8 (16/04) and Round 9 (21/05). Due to the widespread complications with candidates securing GMAT and GRE tests, including IELTS and TOEFL assessments, we are making an exception for the foreseeable period to allow future applicants to instead take the in-house Manchester admission test (MAT). AMBS is also happy to confirm continued availability of MBA scholarships of up to 50% of the tuition fees. The early application discount period has been extended for candidates applying to the Manchester Global Part-time MBA, to 06/04”
  • CEIBS checked in with the following update: “Due to the COVID-19 impact, CEIBS has decided to take following measures to accommodate prospective applicants: 1) To make sure we stay connected to the prospective applications, we have started a series of region specific online information sessions. Additionally, we have introduced 1-to-1 consultation session with the admissions team that the prospects can sign up for. 2) Candidates can now apply with or without a valid GMAT/GRE score. Conditional offers will be made to successful candidates requiring them to take the exam at a later date. 3) We have added an additional fourth round of admission. The deadline would be May 13th, with a decision due by June 10th 2020. 4) Most importantly, we have taken the decision to push back the commencement of the programme to October 12th, 2020.”
  • IU Kelley shared this update: “Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business MBA Program, following their April 15 deadline, will continue to accept applications from domestic candidates on a rolling basis until June 1. Candidates will be given full consideration for admission and merit-based financial aid. If disruptions caused by COVID-19 have delayed completion of the GMAT or GRE, candidates are welcome to submit their application prior to taking the tests. The admissions committee will begin the review process, but test scores must be submitted before a final decision is made. While campus visits have been temporarily suspended, candidates are welcome to contact [email protected] if they’d like to arrange a chat by phone or Skype with a member of the admissions team.”
  • UC Irvine Merage sent along the following update: “We have added a June 1st deadline. Candidates impacted by testing center closures can submit scores after their application have been submitted.”
  • UT Austin McCombs added additional R4 deadline for domestic applicants: April 28, 2020; Allowing R3 and R4 applicants to submit without test scores but will require score before a decision can be rendered. All admissions updates here.
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler shared the following update: “UNC Kenan-Flagler has waived all application fees for our Full-Time MBA through April 30 to better assist applicants taking this important step in their career. Our admissions team is also working with applicants who are impacted by testing center closures, and will accept GMAT or GRE scores after their application is submitted. We are here to help and recognize that prospective MBA students may have many questions right now. While we’ve canceled on-campus events and visits, you can connect with us any time by email at [email protected] or join an upcoming webinar.”
  • CMU / Tepper offered the following statement: “Don’t hold your application for a future test! For our Round 4 deadline on April 9 we have adopted a flexible policy for test scores. If testing has been disrupted, simply note this on your application and we will work with you to populate your score when available.”  More on Tepper’s response to COVID-19.
  • Duke / Fuqua announced that the FT MBA (and other residential programs) will start a bit later than usual this fall.
  • NYU Stern has extended it’s final round of FT MBA admissions to May 1st (from March 15th).
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler will be adding a late round of admissions. Stay tuned for details.
  • Stanford GSB sent an email to applicants indicating that while the R3 deadline of April 8th still stands, they will accept test scores up until August 1st (and simply waitlist qualified candidates who cannot provide a score by the May 21st R3 notification date).
  • UW Foster has added a fourth round of admissions, with a deadline of May 19th.
  • Starting in mid-April, the GMAT exam will be available online.
  • Berkeley Haas sent an email notifying applicants about an added admissions deadline of May 4th (decisions on June 4th), and reminded applicants that the R3 deadline of April 2nd will remain (decisions on May 7th).  Those without a test score yet are encouraged to apply in the late round and to take advantage the ‘GRE at Home’ and forthcoming GMAT online options.
  • Yale SOM introduces ‘R3 Extended’ deadline of May 27th, with decisions coming in late June.  Regular R3 deadline of April 14th is still available to those who can submit (with decisions on May 19th).
  • Cornell Johnson has various updates about testing flexibility and student events.
  • The President of Harvard University has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Wharton extends R3 deadline to April 15th, and Advance Access deferred enrollment deadline to May 27th.  Applicants to either deadline may submit without standardized test scores.
  • UVA Darden extends deadline to July 15th, makes admissions rolling.  Also accepting SAT and other evidence of academic aptitude for those who cannot take the GRE or GMAT.
  • ETS makes the GRE available online via new ‘GRE at Home’ offering.
  • INSEAD Dean Mihov tested positive for COVID-19 and is in stable condition in Singapore.
  • Wharton is offering a course on how COVID-19 is impacting global business
  • Wharton professor Mauro Guillen joined the Clear Admit podcast to discuss the course and the outbreak.
  • Current applicants are debating the impact of COVID-19 on LiveWire
  • Clear Admit is running an applicant and prospective student survey on how the outbreak is influencing admits and prospects.


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