Changing face of 2020 MBA Admissions in USA amid COVID-19

Most countries across the globe continue to be in lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This has impacted student plans for application to a study abroad program. Colleges and universities have stopped in-person classes and rescheduled the final examinations, delaying the academic results. This will impact the chances of students applying for September 2020 intake. Testing centres are closed, so student plans of taking the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS are on hold. GRE, GMAT and TOEFL have introduced an online at-home version, but their success is yet to be assessed. This has led many universities to extend the deadlines and procedures for MBA applications Round 3 and Round 4 and reviewing applications without standardized test scores. Admissions interviews are being conducted virtually and campus visits have been cancelled.
Some university updates for MBA applications in USA.

Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business

Application fee waiver announced. Applicants with “robust quantitative backgrounds” could be admitted without GMAT or GRE scores subject to successful completion of the Tepper Mathematics Prep course, the Math Skills Workshop, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester.

Chicago Booth School of Business

Extended Round 3 application deadline from April 2 to May 31. Extended submission of GMAT/GRE test scores until July 1.

Columbia Business School

Application deadline extended to June 1. Test score of- GMAT, GRE and Executive Assessment can be submitted later, but will be needed to make a decision.

Cornell University – SC Johnson School of Management

The final two-year MBA deadline will remain April 8, but the new extension on submitting official standardized test scores is June 1.

Dartmouth – Tuck School of Business

Added a Round 4 cycle for Round 3 applicants, with application on a rolling basis from April 1 to June 1.

Harvard Business School

Extended application deadline to June 1 for the 2+2 program and is maintaining a larger than normal waitlist.

MIT – Sloan School of Management

To extend round 3 MBA application deadline from April 9 to June 15.

New York University – Stern School of Business

Extended its final deadline to May 1.

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

To offer Round 3 applicants waiver for GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS tests and extend deadlines from April 8 to June 1. Will also accept at-home GRE and GMAT scores

University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business

Has added a Round 4 admissions deadline of May 4. Accepting scores from At-Home GRE and GMAT.

University of California – Los Angeles Anderson School of Management

Extended Round 3 deadline from April 16 to June 1. Applicants have to submit test scores, and can submit GMAT and GRE scores until July 1.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

Will delay the official start of its full-time MBA program to Aug. 31 from Aug. 3. Has extended the Round 4 MBA program deadline from July 13 from April 6. Waiver of GMAT/GRE scores for new applicants who also can submit SAT/ACT/LSAT/MCAT/etc.

University of Michigan – Ross School of Business

Round 3 deadline extended to May 29, and will accept at-home GMAT/GRE scores.

University of Virginia – Darden School of Business

Extended Round 3 deadline from April 6 to July 15. Accepting ACT and SAT scores from undergraduate records in lieu of GMAT/GRE scores.


University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business

Extended its Round 4 deadline to May 1. After May 1, the school will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis but will fill slots on a “first-come, first-serve basis.”

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Is considering the option of deferring admissions for Round 3 applicants. Applicants will be allowed to submit required exam scores after the Round 3 deadline.

Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania

Extended deadlines from April 1 to April 15. Round 3 applicants can submit applications without GRE/GMAT and TOEFL, if their test was canceled.

Yale School of Management

Has extended the Round 3 deadline to May 27, and test score submission deadline to April 24.


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