Application Rounds & Deadlines

Application for entry into the 2021 intake (MBA class of 2023) is based on a 'round' admission system. Applicants need to make sure that all necessary documents are submitted to the MBA Admissions Office before the application deadline. The MBA Admissions Office will process an application only when it is completed. The final application deadline for admission is April 14, 2021. As the programme is highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Seats offered in the 4th round are likely to be limited. The application rounds and deadlines are listed below:

MBA 2023 Admission Rounds and Deadlines


Application Deadline

Interview location

Decision by


Oct. 28, 2020

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

Dec. 02, 2020


Jan. 06, 2021

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

Feb. 03, 2021


Mar. 10, 2021

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

Apr. 14, 2021


Apr. 14, 2021

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen* 

May. 19, 2021


Jun. 02, 2021

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen* 

Jun. 13, 2021

*Interview location subject to change 



Each applicant is required to answer essay questions which are included in the online application form, to demonstrate your potential as a qualified MBA student. Those who have applied previously are also required to submit updated essays as well as the online application form.


An offer of admissions to the CEIBS MBA programme requires an interview. After receipt of a complete application package, the MBA Admissions Office will review all information provided and will short-list applicants for interviews. Applicants can choose their interview location, except in special cases. The interview panel will be comprised of CEIBS faculty, department directors, alumni, and admissions managers. In most cases, applicants will be interviewed by two interviewers. Each interview is approximately 30 minutes, conducted in English.

A face-to-face interview is required for all applicants who are residing in mainland China. However, for those applicants who are working or studying outside of mainland China, CEIBS may permit interviews through other arrangements such as videoconference or telephone.

Application Checklist

All application documents may be submitted online. A completed application includes:

  • MBA application form
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • University degree and certificate
  • University transcript
  • ID or passport
  • Application fee receipt
  • Official GMAT/GRE score report
  • Business card
  • Corporate sponsor statement (if applicable)