Graduate School Admissions Application Timeline

Pulling the different pieces of the application together requires you to be on top of things from the beginning. The timeline below indicates what you need to be tracking throughout the application process, and when you need to complete the various components to respect the first or second round deadlines. As you prepare your application to business school, pay particular attention to the elements of the application on which you can still have an impact.

March Request application from your schools of interest. Visit school websites.
April Prepare for the GRE. It can take  between 1 and 6 months to prep, depending on your initial level.
May-June Define your goals and objectives for doing an graduate degree; Brainstorm on your essays and determine your achievements, strengths and weaknesses.
July Seek recommenders. Discuss your application and remind them of your achievements, provide them with a draft of your application as a guide for consistency, establish clear and reasonable deadlines for completion , and give them a call after three or four weeks to find out how the letters are progressing.
August Request your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Allow at east two months.
September Take the GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable) not later than October if you apply for first round. Also, have GRE scores sent to the schools.
October-November Complete your essays. Have friends and colleagues whose opinions you value re-read for an honest evaluation. You can also consider working with a professional admission counselor to sharpen the focus of your work.
November to January Mail all completed applications or submit your application online. If by postal mail, allow time to arrive by the school deadline (postmarks don’t count) and keep photocopies for your records (for interview).

The bottom line, prepare early, and be well organized. The earlier you complete your application the better your chances of admission.