Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Prospective Students

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Prospective Students

Carey Business School is aware of the impact the 2019 coronavirus is having on our applicants around the world. On this page you’ll find updates and helpful information on how we are working with international applicants during this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming all admitted students on campus this summer. 

March 31, 2020: New options for MBA applicants

We’ve made some changes and updates to our admissions processes for our MBA programs to reflect the impact of COVID-19.

  • Round 3 Applicants - Applicants for the Round 3 deadline on April 15, 2020 can submit incomplete applications. We understand the impact COVID-19 has had on application materials and will work with applicants on an individual basis to understand your constraints and work with you to get an admission decision as soon as possible. Please upload a statement explaining your situation to any section of the application where COVID-19 disruptions have made it impossible for you to provide required materials.
  • New Round 4 Deadline - We are extending our admissions process and adding a Round 4. The Round 4 application deadline is June 1, 2020 with decisions released on a rolling basis.
  • Rolling Admission - Following Round 4, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis through July 15, 2020. Due to the timeline for processing visas, this rolling admission is not open to students who would require an F-1 visa.
  • GRE/GMAT Waivers - We understand the challenges around standardized testing and are offering GRE/GMAT waivers moving forward. We encourage you to talk to an Admissions officer about whether you will qualify for a waiver.
  • Scholarships - All applicants will still be considered for scholarship funding, regardless of test waiver status. When you submit your application, you will be automatically considered for all relevant scholarships.

If you have any questions or concerns about your enrollment options, please reach out to the Admissions office at

March 19, 2020: Full-time Master of Science program options for international admitted students

We are well aware of the concerns many of our international admitted students have surrounding the uncertain state of global travel and public health due to COVID-19 and the impact this could have on your ability to join us for fall 2020.

We recognize the current difficulty with visa processing and delays and are modifying our plans for the upcoming year knowing that you might not be able to arrive for Summer Intensive or the start of the fall semester. This concern is currently most pressing for students located in CDC Level 3 locations, but could impact students in other countries as situations change.

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person two-week Summer Intensive sessions in Baltimore and Washington, DC this July and August as we want to give you as much time as possible to gather the documents needed to arrive on campus.

Students required to participate in Summer Intensive will instead take part in a combination of virtual content and in-person activities. More details to follow.

There are three options to ensure you are able to join the Carey community.

1. Traditional in-person fall semester start

If you are able to secure your visa and arrive to campus for the start of classes on August 31st, you will begin your program as planned.

2. Virtual fall semester with in-person start in January 2021

If you are unable to secure your visa and arrive on campus for the start of classes on August 31st or if your university graduation date has been delayed we are providing a fully online fall semester. You will then arrive on campus for the start of the spring semester. Please note, this option is only for those who are attempting to secure their visas and are unable to arrive in time for the fall start and/or those who need to continue taking undergraduate courses in their home country. Your undergraduate degree must be conferred by December 2020 to take advantage of this option. If your graduation date is now in 2021, you must defer your admission to fall 2021 (See option 3 below.)

  • If you were assigned Summer Intensive, you will complete the program throughout Fall I with the possibility of some sessions held virtually.
  • We will hold a one-day Orientation as scheduled on August 26 in Baltimore and August 28 in Washington, DC. If you secure your visa in time, you must attend the Orientation date for your campus. If you cannot arrive until after Orientation, you will still be allowed to start your program as long as you are here for the first day of class on August 31.
  • For those students who will participate in a virtual Fall semester, we are offering the option to graduate in the December 2021 rather than August 2021. You’ll discuss your plans for an August or December graduation with your advisor after enrolling for fall courses.
  • If you were assigned Summer Intensive, you will complete some elements online during the Fall and participate in an in-person program prior to or during your spring semester.
3. Defer to fall 2021

If one of the first two options will not work for you, you may defer your offer of admission to fall 2021.

To take advantage of any of these options, you must first accept your offer of admission and submit your $3,000 enrollment deposit. We will work with deposited students from now through the start of classes to establish which option you’ll choose, knowing your plans could change over time.

We are working to be flexible with our students. We want to ensure that you and your classmates have the best Carey experience possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about your enrollment options, please reach out to the Admissions office at

February 18, 2020: New English proficiency testing option for applicants living in China

Due to the cancellation of TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE tests in mainland China, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has identified an alternative English proficiency assessment called the “J-Check test,” which can be taken anywhere you have access to a PC desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection, webcam, and microphone. While we prefer the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE, we will accept the J-Check test as an alternative for Round 3 applicants living in China who have been affected by test cancellations. If you already have TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test results please submit those and do not take the J-check test. Our preferred minimum score on the J-Check test is 4.5 out of 6.0.

Follow the instructions below to complete the J-Check test.

February 11, 2020: Special note to applicants living in China

The Admissions office at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is aware of test cancellations, university closures, and other interruptions to day-to-day life in mainland China due to 2019 coronavirus. We understand that students in China may have trouble accessing transcripts, completing testing, or preparing other application materials as a result.

If you are in China and wish to submit an application to a full-time MS program at JHU Carey, please submit as much as you can by our April 1 round 3 deadline. We understand your application may be incomplete when you submit. We anticipate most issues will be with testing due to cancelled GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS exams and with receiving course-by-course evaluations due to delays at CHESICC.

For any section where you are missing materials, please upload a statement explaining your situation. If you have had a test cancelled, we encourage you to register for the next available test date and update us if future dates are cancelled. You should order your course-by-course evaluation and include the reference number in your application. We understand your actual evaluation might take longer than normal to be completed and, for that reason, you should order as soon as possible.

We anticipate being able to accept supporting documents for round 3 applicants living in China through the end of April as long as your initial application was submitted by April 1. We will be as flexible as possible.

Johns Hopkins University and the Carey Business School continue to monitor the situation, and we will send you updates as we have them.

Additional questions or application updates should be directed to the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Admissions office at

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  • Purchase a J-Check test ID and password. The fee is $99 and you will have your test ID and password e-mailed to you within 48 hours.
  • Once you have your ID and password you will log-in and have the opportunity to take a free practice test before proceeding to the official J-Check test. The test must be taken on a PC desktop or laptop computer with internet access, a microphone and an activated webcam. It cannot be taken on a MAC computer or on a tablet or smartphone. Technical requirements are provided on the J-Check website:
  • You will receive a copy of your results by e-mail and official test results are sent to Johns Hopkins University within 24-48 hours. It may take an additional business day for the score to show as received on your application checklist.

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