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October 12, 2020, by

A Guide to Deferred Enrollment MBA Programs For Undergraduates

 

Just because most MBA candidates begin their studies after four or more years of professional experience doesn’t mean you can’t secure your future place in business school before entering the work force. Many business schools are offering deferred enrollment programs—allowing students to secure an advance spot in an MBA program to plan for your future graduate education and get the most out of those years between college and your degree. If you know an MBA is in your future but want to get your feet wet before you enroll, here’s our guide to the leading deferred enrollment programs and what is required to apply:

 

Berkeley Haas Accelerated Access

Who is Eligible: Berkeley graduating seniors and Berkeley graduate students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-5 years

How to Apply: Applicants submit an Accelerated Access application that closely resembles Berkeley Haas regular MBA application

Deadline: Round 1: April 2021;  Round 2: June 2021; Exact dates to be released this winter

 


University of Chicago Booth Scholars Program

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors

Deferment Period: 2-5 years

How to Apply: Applicants submit a Booth Scholars application for the program and answer short answer questions and an essay question specific to the deferred enrollment program

Deadline: April 1, 2021


Columbia Business School Deferred Enrollment Program

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-5 years

How to Apply: Applicants submit a Deferred Enrollment application and answer three short answer questions specific to the deferred enrollment program

Deadline: April 15, 2021


Harvard 2+2 Program

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-4 years

How to Apply:  Applicants submit a 2+2 application that closely resembles the Harvard Business School MBA application

Deadline: April 22, 2021


MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-5 years

How to Apply: Applicants submit an MBA Early Admission application that closely resembles the regular MBA application with two exceptions:

  • Two letters of recommendation are required, rather than one.
  • No Organizational Structure chart is required

Deadline: For MIT Students: November 3, 2020;  For All Other Applicants: April 20, 2021


Northwestern Kellogg Future Leaders

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-5

How to Apply: Applicants submit a Future Leaders application

Deadline: Application to be released this winter

Penn Wharton Advance Access Program

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-4 years

How to Apply: Applicants submit an Advance Access application that closely resembles the Wharton MBA application

Deadline: March 23, 2021


Stanford GSB Deferred Enrollment Program

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 1-3 years

How to Apply:  Applicants submit a regular MBA application and select the option to request deferred enrollment

Deadline: Round 2: January 6, 2021  Round 3: April 6, 2021


UVA Darden Future Year Scholars Program (FYSP)

Who is Eligible: All graduating seniors and full-time master’s students who began their graduate program immediately after college

Deferment Period: 2-4 years

How to Apply: Applicants submit a Future Year Scholars application that closely resembles the Darden MBA application

Deadline: Application to be released this winter


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