Upcoming MBA Application Deadlines for Fall 2016 - US Business Schools

Upcoming MBA Application Deadlines for Fall 2016 - US Business Schools

Some round one deadlines close in September

Below is a short list of upcoming application deadlines for full-time MBA programs in the United States beginning in fall 2016. The business schools listed below were chosen based on the most-viewed US university profiles on FIND MBA and other top MBA programs.

Many US business schools divide the application process into three or more "rounds," each with a unique deadline. 

Applying in earlier application rounds is advantageous for a couple of reasons. There is generally more scholarship funding available earlier in the application process, for instance; and if you're rejected by a business school in round one you still have time to apply to others in later rounds.

Some US business schools have unique deadlines to apply for scholarships, while others have special deadlines for international students.

Some US business schools, such as Fordham and UMass Boston, offer MBA programs that start in the spring. For programs that start between January and May, 2016, please see our list of upcoming MBA application deadlines for spring 2016.

Even though the deadlines are quickly approaching, and there is still time for prospective applicants to take the GMAT, write admissions essays, and look for scholarships and other funding.

Many US business schools have not yet announced their MBA application deadlines. We'll update this list as more list their deadlines.

Unless otherwise indicated, the application deadlines listed below are for each school's full-time MBA programs.

  • Update July 27th, 2015: Added MBA application deadlines for Virginia - Darden, BU - Questrom, Carnegie Mellon - Tepper, and others.
  • Update October 26, 2015: Added application deadlines for Rutgers, CUNY - Zicklin, Fordham, USC - Marshall, and others.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Round 1: September 22, 2015
  • Round 2: January 12, 2016
  • Round 3: April 5, 2016

Harvard round one application deadline, full-time MBA program: September 9Harvard Business School

  • Round 1: September 9, 2015
  • Round 2: January 6, 2016
  • Round 3: April 4, 2016

The Wharton School

  • Round 1: September 29, 2015
  • Round 2: January 5, 2016
  • Round 3: March 30, 2016

UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business

  • Round 1: October 1, 2015
  • Round 2: January 7, 2016
  • Round 3: March 31, 2016

Columbia Business School (August Entry) 

  • Early entry deadline: October 7, 2015
  • Merit Fellowship Consideration: January 6, 2016
  • Final Application Deadline: April 13, 2016

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

  • Round 1: September 22, 2015
  • Round 2: January 6, 2016
  • Round 3: April 6, 2016

The round 1 application deadline for the full-time MBA program starting in fall 2016 at Pittsburgh Katz is October 1

University of Pittsburgh - Katz Graduate School of Business

  • Round 1: October 1, 2015
  • Round 2: December 1, 2015
  • Round 3: February 1, 2016

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

  • Early application deadline: October 15, 2015
  • Priority application deadline: January 5, 2016
  • Round 3: March 1, 2016
  • Round 4: April 15, 2016

Yale School of Management

  • Round 1: September 16, 2015
  • Round 2: January 7, 2016
  • Round 3: April 21, 2016

Pepperdine University - Graziadio School of Business and Management

  • Round 1: November 1, 2015
  • Round 2: February 1, 2016
  • Round 3: April 1, 2016 (international student deadline)
  • Round 4: May 1, 2016

Boston University - Questrom School of Business

  • Round 1: October 14, 2015
  • Round 2: January 6, 2016
  • Round 3: March 23, 2016

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

  • Round 1: September 17, 2015
  • Round 2: January 5, 2016
  • Round 3: April 5, 2016

University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

  • Round 1: October 5, 2015
  • Round 2: January 4, 2016
  • Round 3: March 21, 2016

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

  • Early action deadline: September 15, 2015
  • Round 1: October 14, 2015
  • Round 2: January, 2016
  • Round 3: March 22, 2016

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business

  • Early action round: October 7, 2015
  • November round: November 4, 2015
  • January round: January 6, 2016
  • April round: April 4, 2016

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

  • Round 1: October 8, 2015
  • Round 2: January 8, 2016
  • Round 3: April 8, 2016

MIT - Sloan School of Management

  • Round 1: September 17, 2015
  • Round 2: January 14, 2016
  • Round 3: April 11, 2016

Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business

  • Round 1: October 5, 2015
  • Round 2: January 4, 2016
  • Round 3: March 15, 2016

NYU - Stern School of Business

  • Round 1: October 15, 2015
  • Round 2: November 15, 2015
  • Round 2: January 15, 2016
  • Round 3: March 15, 2016

USC - Marshall School of Business

  • Round 1: October 19, 2015
  • Round 2: January 8, 2016
  • Round 3: April 8, 2016

University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business

  • Round 1: October 13, 2015
  • Round 2: January 12, 2016
  • Final round: March 31, 2016

CUNY - Zicklin School of Business

  • Round 1: November 1, 2015
  • Round 2: January 15, 2016
  • Round 3: April 15, 2016

UCLA -  Anderson School of Management

  • Round 1: October 6, 2015
  • Round 2: January 5, 2016
  • Round 3: April 12, 2016

Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business

  • Round 1: November 1, 2015
  • Round 2: February 1, 2016
  • Round 3: May 1, 2016

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration (1-year June start MBA)

  • Round 1 (International applicants): November 1, 2015
  • Round 1 (Domestic applicants): November 15, 2015
  • Round 2 (International applicants): January 15, 2016
  • Round 2 (Domestic applicants): March 15, 2016

Rutgers Business School

  • Round 1: November 16, 2015
  • Round 2 (final deadline for international applicants: February 19, 2016
  • Round 3: March 15, 2016
  • Round 4: May 1, 2016

George Washington University School of Business (Global MBA)

  • Round 1: October 26, 2015
  • Round 2: January 6, 2016
  • Round 3: March 7, 2016
  • Round 4: May 2, 2016

ASU - Carey School of Business

  • Early decision MBA application deadline: October 1, 2015
  • Priority consideration deadline: November 30, 2015
  • International deadline: February 1, 2016
  • Final deadline: April 1, 2016

Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management (2-year MBA)

  • Round 1: October 1, 2015
  • Round 2: November 17, 2015
  • Round 3: January 15, 2016
  • Round 4: March 17, 2016

Georgetown: full-time MBA program application deadline for fall 2016 is October 1

Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business

  • Round 1: October 1, 2015
  • Round 2: January 5, 2016
  • Round 3: April 1, 2016
  • Round 4 (Evening MBA program only): May 10, 2016

CSU Long Beach: Daytime Accelerated MBA 

  • Final deadline: April 15, 2016

Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business

  • Round 1: October 26, 2015
  • Round 2: January 4, 2016
  • Round 3: February 22, 2016
  • Round 4: April 4, 2016

Texas A&M - Mays Business School

  • Early decision MBA application deadline: September 15, 2015
  • Round 2: November 2, 2015
  • Round 3: January 15, 2016
  • Round 4 (international deadline): March 1, 2016
  • Round 5: April 15, 2016

San Diego State University

  • Online application for the MBA opens: October 1, 2015
  • Online application for the MBA closes: March 2, 2016

IMPORTANT: All prospective students are advised to double-check application deadlines with the business schools they are interested as soon as possible before applying.


Fall 2016 MBA Application Deadlines at 10 Selected US Business Schools


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  • "Wharton Center building front post-2009 renovation" by Bryanjao / Creative Commons (cropped and rotated)
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  • "Sign for the Katz Graduate School of Business (University of Pittsburgh) in front of the Forbes Field wall remnant" / Public Domain
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