What is the earliest deadline this year? As always, it’s Harvard Business School with a Sept. 9th cutoff date for the first round. That’s a week earlier than just a year ago which was eight days earlier than the previous year.
Typically, it takes two to three months to hear back from a school with the verdict on your application. Despite the early Sept. 9 deadline at HBS, the school says candidates who’s get a decision until three full months later on Dec. 10. Stanford will notify applicants in its first round on the same date as HBS but you don’t have to apply to the school until Oct. 1, three weeks after the Harvard application deadline.
Most schools have three application deadlines, but that’s not always the case. MIT Sloan has just two, with a round one deadline of Sept. 22 and a round two final deadline of Jan. 8. Dartmouth’s Tuck School, on the other hand, has four rounds, starting with an early action date of Oct. 8 and an April round deadline of April 1. Columbia Business School is different from most of its peer schools in having a rolling decisions schedule with an early decision deadline of Oct. 8 where applicants have to agree that once accepted they will attend Columbia and withdraw their applications from other schools. The final deadline at Columbia is April 15.
I have update this list continuously as more schools provide info on their new deadlines.
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR 2014-2015 AT TOP SCHOOLS
School First Application Deadline Admission Decision
Harvard Business School Sept. 9, 2014 Dec. 10, 2014
Duke (Fuqua) Sept. 17, 2014 (Early Action) Oct. 29, 2014
Yale School of Management Sept. 18, 2014 Dec. 8, 2014
MIT (Sloan) Sept. 23, 2014 Dec. 17, 2015
INSEAD Sept. 24, 2014 (September 2015 Intake) Nov. 28, 2014
Northwestern (Kellogg) Sept. 24, 2014 Dec. 17, 2014
Chicago (Booth) Sept. 25, 2014 Dec. 18, 2014
Stanford Graduate School of Business Oct. 1, 2014 Dec. 10, 2014