Application Rounds & Deadlines

Application for entry into the 2024 intake (MBA Class of 2026) 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 01, 2024. As the programme is highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The application rounds and deadlines are listed below.

MBA 2026 Admission Rounds and Deadlines


Application Deadline

Interview location

Decision by


October 11, 2023

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

November 11, 2023


December 06, 2023

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

January 19, 2024


March 06, 2024

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen*

April 12, 2024


May 01, 2024

Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen* 

May 24, 2024

*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 admission 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)


Selection Criteria

The Admissions Committee will take a holistic review of the applicant's academic record; response to essay questions; work experience; recommendation letters; test scores (such as GMAT, GRE or CEIBS Admissions Test); and the interview performance in order to comprehensively assess each applicant's overall suitability for MBA study at CEIBS.

Admission Decisions

Admission to the CEIBS MBA programme

We offer clear admission to highly qualified candidates.

Conditional Admission

We offer conditional admission to candidates who clearly demonstrate significant potential for success both within the CEIBS MBA programme and post MBA, but who we feel need additional preparation before beginning the CEIBS MBA programme. Conditional admission is typically based on the need for strengthening the analytical background or improving English communications skills.

Waiting List

If you are placed on the waiting list, you can expect to remain on it until the following round of decisions are released. There is no rank to the waiting list, and no feedback is provided to candidates while they remain on it.

Denied Admission

If you fail to meet the admission requirement of CEIBS MBA Programme, we encourage you to reapply in the next academic year.

Deferral Policy

Applicants who have been offered a place in the CEIBS MBA Programme but must defer their study due to circumstances beyond their control, may do so by submitting a formal request (written or via email) to the MBA Admissions Office. Your request will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the decision will be sent by email. You are required to pay the appropriate deposit to secure your seat in the programme. Your seat will be re-offered during the admission cycle in the next academic year. The offer of scholarship will not be automatically granted for deferred applicants.

If you choose to withdraw after deferring, CEIBS reserves the right to retain your deposit.

Please note that the School policy is to grant no more than one deferral.


If you have submitted an application to CEIBS which was not successful, we encourage you to reapply for the next academic year. In any given year, 5~10 percent of CEIBS' applicant pool are re-applicants.

You will find detailed instructions for re-application in the Online Application System