What goes down must come up?
That’s the likely scenario for MBA applications in the forthcoming 2023-2024 admissions cycle. Last year, the Top Ten business schools reported an overall acceptance rate of 22.2%, up from 18.4% a year earlier, as MBA applicant pools shrank.
With a large number of layoffs of young professional workers in the past year, most are expecting a slightly more competitive admissions season which has launched in full with the publication of Harvard Business School’s new MBA application deadlines.
Almost always, HBS is the first school out of the gate to post its deadlines, and this year the round one app deadline for Harvard’s MBA Class of 2026 of Sept. 6, with decisions on that round going out on Dec. 6. The school also set a round two deadline of Jan. 3, 2024, with decisions due on March 27th. The school made no change in its essay nor its 900-word limit on the prompt’s answer: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?”
Harvard will only accept the traditional GMAT exam or the GRE this year for both Round 1 and Round 2 applicants. For those applying to its 2+2 deferred admission program in 2024, the school plans to accept the new, shorter GMAT Focus test.
Other schools quickly followed Harvard with their own announcements. Here’s the latest on those deadlines (bookmark this post so you can easily access the updates to follow as each school publishes its new deadlines and essay prompts).
Earliest 2023-2024 MBA Application Deadlines
|School||Deadline||Interview Notification||Decision||Essay Release|
|IMD||June 15, 2023 (R1 for Jan. 2024 intake)||By Rolling Invitation||Aug. 1, 2023||Yes|
|INSEAD||June 27, 2023 (R3 for Jan. 2024 intake)||July 28, 2023||Sept. 1, 2023||Yes|
|INSEAD||Aug. 8, 2023 (R4 for Jan. 2024 intake)||Sept. 8, 2023||Oct. 6, 2023||Yes|
|Harvard||Sept. 6, 2023 (R1)||Oct. 5, 2022*||Dec. 6, 2023||Yes|
|Stanford GSB||Sept. 12, 2023 (R1)||Rolling||Dec. 7, 2023||Yes|
|INSEAD||Sept. 12, 2023 (R1 for Aug. 2024 intake)||Oct. 13, 2023||Nov. 17, 2023||Yes|
|UC-Berkeley (Haas)||Sept. 14, 2023 (R1)||Rolling||Dec. 7, 2023||Yes|
|Columbia Business School||Sept. 28, 2023* (Final for Jan. 2023 entry)||By Rolling Invitation||Rolling||Yes|
|Georgia Tech (Scheller)||Oct. 6, 2023 (R1)||Nov. 9-13, 2023||Nov. 17, 2023||Yes|
An asterisk indicates an estimate based on last year’s dates because the school has not formally announced a date for when it will notify applicants of interview invites