Impact of Covid-19 in B-School Admissions

    As the world is hit by a global pandemic, along with our lifestyle, food habits, everything changed and education is not excluded from everything. In the globally top B-Schools, the first and foremost step of getting enrolled – the admission procedure has gone through a major change. The admission dates are extended and along with the traditional admission rounds, there will be COVID-19 admission round too.

    At this point of time, the greatest deal for international candidates is to stay updated with the admission guidelines of the world's top B-schools. That’s why we are here and our sole purpose is to keep you updated with universities’ admission requirements doing the pandemic situation. So, continue reading!

    Latest Updates

    August 3:

    Due to Covid-19 outbreaks, almost 6 out of 10 b-schools will expand their career offices and companies will probably hire the MBA candidates virtually. MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance completed a survey on 250+ B-schools and corporations among which 134 have a plan of adding to their career management staff. 84% B-schools will conduct MBA in a hybrid format and 13% in fully online mode.

    July 31:

    Wharton School will conduct their fall MBA mostly in online mode. Previously, it was decided to be conducted in hybrid mode, but the Dean has recently used the term ‘mostly online’.

    July 29:

    Harvard Business School is going to conduct all the interviews of 2020-2021 session online as the authority is not willing to take any risk during this pandemic situation.

    July 29:

    In McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University, MBA of 2020 fall will be conducted in a fully online mode. Initially, there was a plan of a hybrid program, and students who came from the coronavirus hotspots are advised to get quarantine of two weeks. But the latest announcement stated that all the undergraduate and graduate courses will be conducted virtually as more than millions of people are infected nationwide.

    July 22:

    UCLA Anderson announced that there will not be any deferrals for the international MBA applicants. The students who were unable to get their student visas on time, they either have to take online classes or complete the admission procedure for the next session. 

    July 21:

    In HBS, there will be nasal swab test every three days for the on-campus MBA students to ensure the safety of the students. This test will be done in the test in the Harvard stadium. 

    July 16:

    As the international students are finding difficulties to get the visa to come to USA, Stanford University allows the MBA candidates to apply for deferrals. Here, the candidates who postpone their MBA study this year, will be eligible to enroll themselves in Stanford Graduate School of Business for Fall 2021 or Fall 2022.

    July 15:

    Yale SOM has planned to welcome the MBA candidates in their campus. Though the classes will be taken in a hybrid format, in-person classes will be resumed with a specific percentage of candidates from August.

    July 9:

    IE Business school of Spain talks about the complete reopening of the campus and the authority has released a video on campus life after it reopens. The nearly 3 minutes’ long video shows that the campus is ready to welcome 4000 candidates in September.

    Also, the video shows the upcoming changes in terms of teaching – the professor will enter only after the students take their seats, masks and gloves will be compulsory and students will have to through thermal checking. Along with that, robots with UV waves will disinfect the classrooms every night. For more details check the video here.

    July 6:

    1. MBA class of Harvard Business School will not be conducted in a fully online mode; rather, it will be a hybrid class.
    2. The reopening date of Georgia Tech Scheller Tech Institute will be delayed due to the rapid rise of rise of new cases of Coronavirus. 

    July 1:

    The University of Texas-Austin has announced that in-person and virtual instruction will resume this fall and at that time candidates and staff will require face masks mandatorily to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

    June 26:

    1. Harvard Business School confirmed that their daily coronavirus updates are made and they have planned to publish updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    2. Britain’s Business Schools have planned to reopen in fall mostly in hybrid mode; a few schools are even rescheduling their start dates, probably by three months.

    June 25:

    The top two exams for admission in business courses, GMAT and GRE will be taken from the home. As of now, for GMAT the last date for at-home GMAT is14th August, for GRE it is 30th September.

    June 12:

    Stanford University, GSB has planned to complete its first quarter of autumn earlier this time. Also, they have plans to start first-year MBA classes by 4th September and it will be a blended class of online and in-person tuition.

    June 11:

    Goizueta Business School of Emory University plan regarding the MBA of fall is to complete it by Thanksgiving of this year. The MBA classes will be a hybrid, and the faculty has announced that during the in-person class all the safety guidelines will be followed. It is also mentioned in their announcement that 19th August will be the start date and they will wrap up by 24th November. The final exam will be conducted in December that too in online mode. Plus holidays will be cur to complete the classes earlier and probably, this time, there will be no fall break.

    June 8:

    IMD Switzerland started their in-person MBA classes. Daily temperature checking, use of Masks, and plexiglass are announced mandatory for the MBA class of this fall, and smaller groups of students made mandatory to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    June 4:

    Survey: MBA hiring paused in 9 in 10 B-Schools.

    June 2:

    Harvard Business School announced that the number of students in its next MBA Class will be 200 candidates less than its usual population. The approximate number of students in the fall MBA will be 720. 

    June 1:

    MBA employment start date gets delayed. A huge number of candidates get their job offer canceled.

    May 27:

    1. Michigan Ross is launching A Consulting Corps as the internships got extremely disrupted.
    2. Most MBA Summer Internships get downwards (it was upwards till the mid of May) due to the pandemic of Covid-19. 
    3. IESE Business School announces its plans to resume in-person MBA classes in Madrid and Barcelona campuses by 15th June. Moving on to the New York campus, IESE is assuming to offer in-person classes, not before September. Wide testing and safety guidelines will be strictly followed in the entire campus to reduce the rapid spreading of Coronavirus.

    May 21:

    1. Haas & Anderson is planning to resume fall MBA classes in a hybrid format; however, the students are expected to maintain social distancing and use safety stuff like masks, glass, and face shields.
    2. Cambridge Judge Business School will resume the first term MBA classes in October and there will be hybrid classes, and during in-person class, social distancing will be maintained.

    May 19:

    London Business School campus will be opened for the students by 7th September but online classes will be continued as it is running now. The classes of hybrid format may start by 21st September. 

    May 15:

    As the French Government permitted on-site learning from 1st September, the start date INSEAD’s next class is extended till 5th October from August-end. Due to this reason, the curriculum is getting reduced and the final period of the MBA program is getting extended to July. INSEAD is waiting for updates from the government in Singapore to resume classes on that campus.

    May 14:

    Columbia Business School is planning a hybrid class this August for the MBA program.

    May 13:

    1. For MBA in UC-Berkeley Haas, GMAT or GRE score will not be required.
    2. Due to Coronavirus, a rise of MBA ‘Alternatives’ is seen.

    May 11:

    Rise in the number of canceled internships in business schools.

    May 8:

    Yale School of Management keeping tuition rates Stable (by increasing 3.25%) due to the economic disruptions during COVID-19. 

    May 7:

    1. Enrollment in B-schools is expected a decline by at least 10%.
    2. Bloomberg Business week is canceling MBA Ranking.

    May 6:

    1. GMAC survey snapshot reported the increased concern regarding the job market of MBA candidates. 
    2. Part-Time MBA programs got affected due to pandemic.

    May 5:

    In 2021, Harvard Business School will increase the number of candidates.

    May 4:

    Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business announced the plans to resuming classes in Hanover and New Hampshire for fall.

    May 1:

    1. GMAC launches at-Home Executive Assessment Test starting May 5th.
    2. The start date of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business’s Management program is shifted to August 24 from July 6.

    April 29: 

    Wharton School will have hybrid MBA classes in the fall.

    April 28: 

    1. London Business School extends the round 4 deadline till June 4. 
    2. HBS will grant the deferral to every MBA and there will be a smaller class in fall.

    April 27: 

    1. HBS announces flexibility in the MBA withdrawal policy. 
    2. The University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business extended the round 3 deadline.

    April 26: 

    Stanford Graduate School of Business plans to start the fall MBA in September.

    April 24: 

    1. Harvard Business School announced deferment to incoming MBA candidates. 
    2. The University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business has launched an MBA summer internship stimulus fund.

    April 23: 

    1. The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia announced the start date of MBA in January.
    2. GMAC permits whiteboard for at-home GMAT and pauses MBA ranking

    April 22: 

    1. IESE Business School in Barcelona will accept applications for MBA from May 5.
    2. $115 Million revenue plunge for HBS and a loss of $22 Million.

    April 20: 

    GMAT can be taken from the home.

    April 17: 

    Due to COVID-19, B-schools recruitments are paused. 

    April 16: 

    1. HBS freezes faculty payment
    2. Georgetown's McDonough School of Business is starting the fall semester from September. 

     April 15:

    Kellogg’s Chief MBA Gatekeeper tells why business Schools are waiving GMAT and GRE.

    April 14: 

    1. At-Home GMAT is allowed to be taken from April 20.
    2. Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business announced fourth admissions round for MBA on May 19. 

    April 13: 

    Harvard MBA students claiming tuition refund.

    April 9: 

    HBS directs the students to check a website to know country-by-country and state-by-state what hospital resources.

    April 8: 

    Around 70% of US colleges lay off staff.

    April 7: 

    1. UNC Kenan-Flagler will start the MBA program on 31st August.
    2. Sloan School of Management of MIT extends round three MBA deadline till June 15th.
    3. Olin Business School of Washington University extends the start date MBA till 24th August.
    4. Rutgers Business School adds round five admissions with a deadline of July 5.

    April 4: 

    29% of employers are planning to n move their summer internships in a virtual format.

    April 3: 

    1. At-home GRE can be taken worldwide.
    2. Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame’s adds another round of application deadlines.

    April 2:

    Stanford Graduate School of Business postpones the 2021 MSx program.

    April 1: 

    1. Ross School of Business of University of Michigan extends MBA round 3 deadlines till May 29.
    2. McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University extends round four deadlines till April 27.
    3. Anderson School of Management of UCLA extends round three deadlines to June 1

    March 31: 

    Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management will have a round 3 application extension.

    March 30: 

    1. Fuqua School of Business of Duke University extends the start MBA to August 31.
    2. HBS will move online on April 15th at 7 pm.

    March 27: 

    Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia extends round 3 deadlines till July 15.

    March 26: 

    1. Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago will accept MBA applications till May 31.
    2. Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University announced another round of application – deadline May 15.

    March 25: 

    1. Johnson Graduate School of Management of Cornell University will accept GMAT or GRE scores until 1st June.
    2. Haas School of Business of UC-Berkeley extended a round 4 admission deadline till June 4.
    3. Goizueta Business School of Emory University extends the application deadline for MBA till April 15.

    March 24:

    1. The Yale School of Management extends round 3 deadlines till May 27.
    2. President of Harvard University, Lawrence S. Bacow, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.
    3. Foster School of Business of University of Washington added round 4 applications – deadline May 19.

    March 23: 

    GMAC is to launch online proctored GMAT alternative

    March 21: 

    The University of California-Berkeley is changing its default grading for undergraduate courses.

    March 20: 

    The Admission Consultants asks everyone related to business school to stay hopeful during this pandemic



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