Top MBA Programs with Early Decision/Action Rounds

Most top MBA programs have 3 admission rounds. Candidates may apply in either one of them to secure a slot in the next program intake. Several MBA programs have an Early Action or Early Decision round with an earlier deadline, usually in September. According to ARINGO statistics and experience, candidates who apply in early action rounds usually have better admission chances in addition to hearing back from the business schools earlier. However, they are often asked to pay an early action deposit, commit to enroll and withdraw all other MBA applications if admitted.

The following top MBA programs have early actions round:

  • Columbia Business School – The early Decision deadline for August 2022 intake is October 6, 2021. Available for August entry applicants only. Early Decision applications are reviewed, and decisions rendered, before Regular Decision applications. Admitted students for Early Decision are considered for merit-based awards. Candidates have decided that Columbia is their first choice and must sign the following Statement of Commitment within their applications: I am committed to attending Columbia Business School and will withdraw all applications and decline all offers from other schools upon admission to Columbia Business School. Applicants must submit a nonrefundable US $6,000 tuition deposit within two weeks of admission.
  • Fuqua School of Business – The early action deadline for the September 2022 intake is September 2, 2021. The early action deadline is for candidates who are ready to commit to Fuqua.
  • Darden School of Business – The early action deadline for September 2022 is September 9, 2021. Darden’s early action round is binding and requires a $6000 deposit.
  • Rotman School of Management – The Early Round for September 2022 intake is September 3, 2021 (Decision by October 15, 2021).
  • IESE Business School – The Early Decision deadline for September 2021 intake was September 1, 2020.
  • Mendoza College of Business – Early-decision candidates are expected to withdraw their candidacy from other schools and provide a non-refundable $4,000 deposit once they are admitted to the program. The Early Decision deadline for September 2021 intake was September 15, 2020.
  • Fisher College of Business – The Early Decision deadline for the September 2022 intake is October 17, 2021.
  • Broad College of Business – The Early Decision deadline for the September 2022 intake is October 4, 2021.