Deferred MBA Admissions Consulting Packages
Are you a high achieving college senior/graduate school student looking to secure an admission to a top MBA program before graduating?
An increasing number of top business schools are offering deferred MBA programs in which current undergraduate students apply during their senior year. In most cases, students will work for a couple of years after graduating from college before beginning their MBA studies. (For some schools you can defer up to 5 years). These programs give ambitious students the chance to lock in a top MBA program before entering the workforce.
Since most deferred MBA application deadlines are in the spring (with the exception of Stanford GSB and Yale SOM that take applications in January as well), candidates can finish the undergraduate recruiting process and ideally secure full-time job placement prior to applying.
What differentiates successful deferred MBA applicants?
Track Record Of Leadership
Successful applicants have already demonstrated considerable leadership through internships and extracurricular activities, either on or off-campus and have thought through why an MBA makes sense for their future.
Strong candidates have a clear sense of their career goals as well, though this often comes only after working together with a consultant on the applications so do not worry if goals feel murky now.
Which business schools offer deferred MBA programs?
Currently, the following programs are available to those looking to accelerate their path to an MBA:
The Harvard deferred MBA program is one of the most well-known. Harvard requires students to spend two to four years in a professional position before starting on campus.
Wharton Advance Access Program is available to both undergraduate and full-time master’s students in their final year of study, the Wharton deferred MBA program allows students to pursue an MBA after two to four years of quality work experience.
The Columbia deferred MBA program is open to those in their senior year of college or a subsequent graduate program. Here, applicants can begin the MBA program after two to five years of work experience.
The Yale deferred MBA program is unique in the sense that it allows students to study in an MBA program immediately upon finishing college. After one year, students enter the workforce for a year and then return to Yale SOM for the third year to finish their MBA.
Those pursuing a Chicago Booth deferred MBA can apply in their final year of undergraduate studies and defer admission for two to five years while they gain professional work experience.
The Haas deferred MBA program is available to undergraduate seniors and graduate students in their final year of study. Students can begin their studies at Berkeley Haas after a two to five-year deferment period.
Undergraduate students or master’s students who went directly into a graduate program from undergraduate are eligible to apply to the Kellogg deferred MBA program. Kellogg will hold students’ spots for two to five years while they gain professional work experience.
The MIT deferred MBA is open to those who are in their final year of undergraduate, or are graduating from/currently enrolled in a graduate degree program they entered immediately after their undergraduate degree. Students who are admitted are expected to work between two to five years before beginning their MBA.
The UVA Darden deferred MBA program enables admitted college students to begin their MBA after gaining two, three, or four years of work experience.
Those interested in the Stanford deferred MBA program can apply either to attend business school immediately following their undergraduate studies or to work before attending business school. In most cases, Stanford offers a two-year deferral.