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FAQs: Researching and Applying for Your MBA during Covid-19

As many career professionals are working from home and canceling social engagements during this unprecedented period, this additional time can work to your advantage in researching an MBA can and how it can benefit your career. In the coming months, we will face a new business landscape, and an MBA can position you to be professionally competitive during Covid-19.

Consider questions such as:

  • Do I have the skills and business acumen to meet the upcoming business challenges from Covid-19?
  • Do I have the needed knowledge to keep advancing my career?
  • Do I have the needed expertise for job security?

Now is a good time to examine those questions, research business schools, delve into the different MBA formats, and determine if an MBA can give you the competitive edge you need for your career.

Applying for an MBA during Covid-19 FAQs

I’m exploring my MBA options. What are the differences between the three Georgia Tech MBAs? 
  • Evening MBA: part-time/self-paced format with Monday-Thursday evening classes, customizable MBA curriculum
  • Executive MBA: 17-month weekend class format with select Friday evening/Saturday classes, specialized MBA curriculum
  • Full-time MBA: 22-month full-time format with daytime classes, customizable MBA curriculum
  • Which MBA is Right for Me? View a side-by-side comparison of our three MBAs with additional information
How can I connect with Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business to learn more about your MBA programs since there are no in-person information sessions scheduled?

We have many ways for you to learn more about Scheller College and our MBA programs, speak with the MBA team, connect with our students and alumni, etc.

Webinars & Online Events: Even though we are not conducting in-person MBA info sessions at this time, we have a number of live webinars scheduled you can attend online. These webinars follow the same format as our in-person info sessions, so you’ll learn about the programs, MBA curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, admission requirements, etc. and speak directly with members of our MBA team and alumni who can answer your questions.

Upcoming MBA webinars & other virtual events

Viewbooks: Download our MBA viewbooks to find important information about the MBA programs, curriculum, class statistics, financial aid, admissions and application criteria and more. These materials are a great place to begin researching MBA programs.

Evening MBA Viewbook
Executive MBA Viewbook
Full-time MBA Viewbook

1:1 Consultations: Schedule a time for a virtual personal consultation with a member of the MBA team to learn more about the programs, discuss your candidacy, review admission criteria, and answer any questions you may have.

Schedule a 1:1 Consultation with an
Evening MBA Team Member
Executive MBA Team Member
Full-time MBA Team Member

Connect with Scheller MBA students or alumni ambassadors: Connect with one of our current MBA students or recent graduates via phone or video-chat and learn first-hand about their Scheller experience, work/life balances, and the ROI of a Scheller MBA.

Visit these links to request to connect with a current Scheller MBA student or a Scheller MBA alum.

Evening MBA Students and Alumni
Executive MBA Students and Alumni
Full-time MBA Students and Alumni

How can I complete the required in-person interview for my MBA application? 

Face-to-face interviews for the remainder of this season will be conducted via video conferencing. Prepare for these as you would any other interview. 

What are the MBA program application deadlines? 

Now is a great time to apply for an MBA program of your choice. Each MBA program’s application deadlines are listed below with links to the admission and application pages for additional info.

Evening MBA Admissions and Application Page
Evening MBA 2020 Fall Application Deadlines

Round 3: May 29, 2020
Round 4: June 26, 2020

Executive MBA Admissions and Application Page
Executive MBA 2020 Fall Application Deadlines
Rolling admissions: We accept, review, & issue decisions on an ongoing basis.
Summer Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
Final Application Deadline (if seats are available): July 13, 2020 

Full-time MBA Admissions and Application Page
Full-time MBA 2020 Fall Application Deadlines
Round 5: June 1, 2020

Will applying in the later admission dates hurt my chances of being admitted for Fall 2020? 

No. Applying for an MBA in the later rounds will not affect your chance of being admitted into the MBA program. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are ready. Please reach out to us if you need additional time beyond the stated deadlines. 

Please reach out to us if you need additional time beyond the stated deadlines.

I was planning to take the GMAT/GRE, but the testing center closed. How should I proceed? 

You have one of two options.

Option 1: Apply for the GMAT/GRE waiver (Evening and Executive MBA programs) if you feel you can demonstrate strong quantitative skills in both your professional and academic background.

Option 2: Take the exam online. The GMAT will be available in mid-April, and the GRE is now available online. We also are accepting the EA exam (Evening and Full-time MBA Programs).

I’m interested in applying for the GMAT/GRE waiver, but I didn’t meet previous criteria. Should I still apply for the waiver?

Yes. These are extraordinary times, so we believe the right course of action to best serve the interests of our prospective Scheller community is to amend our standard review policies. We understand this is a stressful time for many of you and that you might find it difficult to prepare to take an exam at home. For that reason, we are temporarily relaxing the requirements for the GMAT/GRE waiver for Fall 2020 and allowing any applicant to request the waiver. We will not look at our previous criteria when reviewing your waiver request for a GMAT/GRE waiver for the Evening or Executive MBA programs, but will make a decision on your request based on your transcript(s), resume, and essay.

What makes an applicant competitive to receive the GMAT/GRE waiver? 

A successful waiver applicant for the Evening or Executive MBA programs will have strong quantitative experience, both professionally and academically. The admissions committee will look into all of your transcripts and assess your performance in any of your quant-related courses. We will look at your resume to identify your roles, tasks, and companies that you’ve been with and then we will also evaluate your essay requesting the waiver to understand what quant-related skills you have utilized in your career.

How do I submit my request for the GMAT/GRE waiver? 

Evening MBA Program: Candidates must formally request a GMAT/GRE waiver when applying for the MBA program. Using the optional essay portion of the MBA application, interested candidates must request the waiver and write a brief essay highlighting quantitative experience in their professional and academic history (300-500 words). You must submit a complete application for admission to the Evening MBA Program. 

Executive MBA Program: To apply for a GMAT Waiver, please submit a two page written request that describes your quantitative experience in both your professional and academic history and discusses your short- and long-term career goals. Please also describe how a Georgia Tech MBA in either Global Business or Management of Technology will help you reach those goals. Submit your completed letter to  or as part of your application to the program.

When will the committee notify me of my GMAT waiver decision? 

The Evening MBA program will follow up with you within two weeks from the time you submit the application.

The Executive MBA program will follow up with you within two weeks from the time you complete your admissions interview.

I was planning to take the TOEFL/IELTS, but the testing center closed. How should I proceed? 

You have one of two options.

Option 1: Take the exam online. This is the quickest method to complete this requirement at this time.

Option 2: The Institute cannot waive the TOEFL or IELTS exam. If you are unable to take the exam online, we encourage you to apply after the TOEFL/IELTS testing sites reopen.

I was recently laid off. Can I still apply to the MBA programs? 

Yes, you may still apply for an MBA program. For Evening and Executive MBA candidates, the requirement for being currently employed is relaxed for those who have been laid off due to Covid-19. 

How do I find out about financial assistance for the MBA programs? 
Visit the following links specific to each MBA program to learn about financial aid for each MBA program.

Evening MBA Financial Assistance Options
Executive MBA Financial Assistance Options
Full-time MBA Financial Assistance Options  

These are just a few of our most commonly asked questions. We recognize each prospective MBA student is facing their own unique challenges during this unprecedented and ever-changing environment.

Please reach out to us with any questions you may have concerning applying for an MBA during Covid-19. We are here to help.

Evening MBA

Executive MBA

Full-time MBA