Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the full-time MBA program remain unchanged at this time.

We have extended our final application deadline to September 15th for the program starting in January 2021, and have decided to accept a slightly larger cohort.

Test Centers

Latest updates for GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS

Register as soon as possible for the best chance to secure your preferred date and time. If you are still unable to take your test, please contact your regional advisor so that they can work with you to find the best solution.


Appointment slots are currently available through December 31st for the GMAT™ Online exam.

Over 80% of the global test center network supporting GMAT exams is now open, including 8 test centers in China, with the planned opening of a test center in Beijing in early August. Centers in China are operating at close to 100% capacity, including some with extended hours to support additional appointment demands.

An up-to-date status of test center availability can be found on


The TOEFL iBT® test and GRE® General Test are available in all locations where the computer-delivered tests are normally available. The at home tests can now also be taken on a Mac® computer if Windows® is installed and the test taker is using a Google Chrome™ or Firefox® browser.

Chinese students can take the TOEFL ITP® Plus for China solution. Find information about the test at


Find details on locations where testing has been suspended and answers to questions on the IELTS page

Assessment Process

In response to the COVID-19 situation, and the safety of all, the majority of our assessment days this year have been conducted online. We will continue to offer this option for as long as it is needed.

Our online assessments have been designed to change as little as possible from the standard format, whilst still adapting to a virtual format. They offer a mutual opportunity to get to know each other better, and allow us to develop our understanding of the unique aspects that you will bring to the program. They include a team case exercise, spontaneous individual presentations, and an interview with a member of our Admissions team.

Final Response

Candidates who demonstrate the qualities that we look for throughout the application process, but who have been unable to submit their GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS test results due to the closure of local test centers, will be given a Conditional Offer dependant on the score received once test options are made available.

Refund Policy

IMD business school is constantly reviewing the situation around the coronavirus pandemic and adapting its processes and policies at the same time. Below is the adapted policy concerning the refund of MBA fees during the COVID19 pandemic. We will continue to make any further necessary adjustments as the situation evolves.

Reviewed Policy during COVID19 pandemic

  • Deposit fees are non-refundable
  • Exceptions where a full refund of any fees (deposit and tuition) paid or a deferral to the next year may be possible:
    • Major illness (accompanied by a medical certificate)
    • Bereavement (accompanied by a certificate)
    • Visas:
      • If Switzerland doesn’t issue visas for a specific country due to COVID19
      • If candidate is unable to apply for a visa due to administrative constraints beyond their power (e.g.: closure of Swiss consulates or embassies without other alternatives in place; etc)

The IMD MBA Recruitment and Admissions team are committed to helping applicants to adapt to their individual circumstances during the challenges we all face during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you have any questions about your application that we can help you with, please contact your regional advisor directly or send our team a message at [email protected]