COVID-19 impact on Top MBA Admissions

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Covid 19 MBA Admissions

The extended COVID-19 situation has prompted bschools and institutions around the globe to take steps to minimise the effect on their incoming students. Almost all top MBA institutions have dedicated a section of their website for coronavirus queries and have developed a redressal system. Here is our analysis of the COVID-19 impact on Top MBA Admissions.

The commencement of the epidemic coincided with the second round of applications for most universities, going into the third round. The most recent information has been regarding extensions. This has happened in two ways:

Extending Deadlines For Applications

To minimize the COVID-19 impact on Top MBA Admissions, many schools have also extended their Round 3 deadlines or the Final Deadline by a period of atleast a month. And some others have introduced additional admission rounds. For example, the Tuck School of Business has not only extended their application deadline, but will also be accepting applications on a rolling basis for a one time Round 4.

The following is a list of some changed deadlines of noteworthy institutions:






Original Final DeadlineCOVID-19 Extended DeadlineChange In DaysDetail
Emory (Goizueta)March 20July 1101New final round
Virginia (Darden)April 6July 1599R3 extension
UNC (Kenan-Flagler)April 6July 1367R4 extension
MIT (Sloan)April 9June 1566R3 extension
Dartmouth (Tuck)
Johns Hopkins (Carey)April 15July 1561New R4 round
Michigan (Ross)March 30May 2960R3 extension
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)June 1July 3160New final round
Chicago (Booth)April 2May 3159R3 extension
Georgetown (McDonough)April 27June 2457R4 extension
Northwestern (Kellogg)April 8June 152R3 extension
ColumbiaApril 10June 151Extension
Indiana (Kelley)April 15June 146R4 extension
NYU (Stern)March 15May 146R4 extension
UCLA (Anderson)April 16June 145R3 extension
Yale SOMApril 14May 2743R3extension
Source: w-covid-19-mba-admissions-round/


Extending Deadlines For Score Submission

In addition to extending deadlines for application submission, a problem faced by many applicants is the inability to take GMAT/GRE tests due to lockdown and quarantine protocol. Schools are willing to accept applications without GMAT/GRE scores and have issues fresh deadlines for submission of the score.

Schools like Yale SOM and Rotman School at University of Toronto have increased deadlines for test score submission. Similarly, the NUS Business School is willing to accept expired GMAT/GRE scores as proxy, while the candidate retakes the test. Schools are offering conditional admissions, contingent on submission of GMAT/GRE score.

Will Intake Be Affected for people already admitted?

The answer varies from country to country, however, a delay is a real possibility in nations hit badly by the coronavirus. The Harvard School of Business will be refunding tuition fee for programs that have been cancelled for the current semester. While all events being held in schools or being planned in the near future have been cancelled, schools like Yale School of Management have cancelled their commencement for the batch of 2020, intended to take place between 16 – 18th May.

The MBA program of the National University of Singapore has specified in their FAQs, that students, who are unable to travel to the school due to restrictions, will be allowed deferral or refund and forfeiture.

The Rotman School of Management at The University of Toronto has the following take on offers of admission being affected:

“At present, we do not anticipate that this will prevent students from enrolling at U of T in the Fall and have no plans to rescind or defer offers. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will update our communication and notifications as needed.”


What Steps Can One Take Next?

While the times are bleak and ambiguous, we must look forward. What, then, can you as an international MBA aspirant do to combat COVID-19 impact on Top MBA Admissions?

Use the following pointers to help you navigate through your applications in a structured and timely manner:

  • Take Tests Online

The GMAT/GRE test are available to be taken online through the GMAC website. This is available only through prior registration. Check the website in conjunction with your area to confirm availability. Many admission agents and websites are offering free sample tests as well, these can be helpful to practice.

  • Apply before new application deadline

Conduct research on the new deadlines for your target schools and take your time to brush up your application before submitting. With the increasing deferral rates, there is a greater chance for you to secure admission this academic year. The Kellogg School of Management has decided to reconsider rejected applicants, and is encouraging them to reapply in the subsequent application rounds Be sure to check if your school will be accepting rolling applications, to make your work simpler.

  • Stay in touch with your school

Reach out to your admission consultant or admission office at the target school to stay abreast of the updated details. Reach out to the school via email and detail your query or problem expected due to the current circumstances. Make sure to use the vast alumni network of your B-school to get a better picture of how things would look on ground.

  • Stay informed

Keep a track of the lockdown procedure in your country as well as the country of your target school. Research on the changes in visa requirements, if any. Check the website of your school at regular intervals to not miss out on information. Lastly, reach out to the alumni of your target school to understand the situation better.

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