Application Rounds & Deadlines

Application for entry into the 2022 intake (MBA class of 2024) 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 May 11, 2022. As the programme is highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The application rounds and deadlines are listed below along with an important notice regarding the impact of COVID-19 on this year’s admissions.

MBA 2024 Admission Rounds and Deadlines


Application Deadline

Interview location

Decision by


Oct. 20, 2021

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

Dec. 03, 2021


Jan. 05, 2022

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

Feb. 25, 2022


Mar. 16, 2022

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

Apr. 22, 2022


May 11, 2022**

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen* 

Jun. 17, 2022

*Interview location subject to change 

**Additional Notice for MBA  2024 Admissions

In light of the recent challenges brought by COVID-19, the MBA Office at CEIBS has made the decision to extend the window of application for MBA 2024 (October 2022 intake), we will launch a period of rolling-admissions from May 12 to July 6, 2022.

During this period, candidates who:

Submit their application along with a valid GMAT or GRE score and are invited to join an interview, will receive their application result within three weeks of submission.

Intend to take the CEIBS Admission test* may be invited to join an interview ahead of the test. Candidates may then be granted conditional admission, which will be upgraded to an unconditional offer once a satisfactory CEIBS admission test score (or GMAT / GRE) is provided.

*CEIBS Admission test will be held on Saturday June 25 2022. Candidates can join the test at CEIBS’ China campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen or European campus in Zurich.




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)