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 our applicants during this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming all admitted students on campus.

May 15, 2020

Changes to the application process for part-time applicants (MBA and MS)

We’ve made some changes and updates to our admissions processes for our part-time and online Flexible MBA and part-time and online MS programs to reflect the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

  • GRE/GMAT testing requirements have been suspended for all applicants to part-time and online programs for summer 2020 and fall 2020 admission due to disruptions in testing from COVID-19. We will consider students for admission and for a scholarship without test scores, even if they would not have previously qualified for a waiver. 
  • We understand the challenges some applicants are facing in completing their applications. As such, we will work with you individually to ensure your application is complete. Please reach out to an admissions officer for assistance. 
  • All Carey Business School courses will be conducted online through summer 2020. This includes our residency program, which will be temporarily delivered online. 
  • At Carey, we pride ourselves on the quality of our online education. We’ve been proudly delivering high-quality online courses to thousands of students across the country and the world for more than five years. We are confident in our ability to effectively navigate this pandemic by providing a quality online student experience. 

Carey Business School is actively working closely with the rest of Johns Hopkins University to ensure the safety of our students during this pandemic.

If you have any questions regarding your application or these changes, please reach out to our Admissions team. As always, we are here to guide you through this process. 


Updated opportunities for full-time Master of Science applicants 

We’re working diligently to ensure that our students have the best Carey experience possible. This means making changes to accommodate you, wherever you are in the admissions process. 

  • Round 4 is now open for full-time MS programs until July 15, 2020. We will post admission decisions for Round 4 on a rolling basis. Due to visa processing delays, this round is only open to students who do not require a visa to study in the United States. 

  • Due to the impact on testing facilities, we are waiving GMAT/GRE requirements for U.S. citizens for the remainder of the fall 2020 application cycle for full-time programs. Scholarships are still available.

  • You will be considered for scholarships upon submission of your application, no additional steps required. In order to complete your application without your test scores, please upload a statement regarding your waiver request in the test score section of your application.

  • If you would still like to include a test score with your application, we will accept scores from the new at-home versions of the GRE and GMAT. If you needed to submit an incomplete application for round 4 , we will still review it. We are being as flexible as possible and will work with you on a case-by-case basis.

  • We always evaluate applications holistically, reviewing your essays, coursework, achievements and test scores. This is true now more than ever. 


Enrollment plans for international students admitted to our full-time Master of Science programs 

For those admitted for Fall 2020: 

  • At this time, we are planning on an in-person fall semester and will move quickly to provide updates as they happen. We are making plans for a safe re-opening that will include appropriate social distancing and other measures advised by our public health experts at Johns Hopkins and required by our governmental authorities. 

  • As long as you can arrive by the first day of classes on August 31, 2020, you will be able to start your program in-person.   

  • For those of you required to complete Summer Intensive, the program will now take place once you are on campus, alongside your regular classes and throughout the academic year, rather than in July. We are revising the format, content, and pricing. If you are required to participate in Summer Intensive, you will receive updates and information via email.  

If it is impossible to obtain a visa to arrive in the United States by August 31, 2020 for the Fall I start of classes due to visa or travel issues: 

  • You can now apply for an I-20 for a spring arrival, rather than the fall.  

  • We expect you will arrive on campus in time for the Spring I start date, January 25, 2021, which is the first day of classes. Your graduation date will be in December 2021. 

  • For those of you required to complete Summer Intensive, the program will now take place once you are on campus, alongside your regular classes and throughout the academic year. We are revising the format, content, and pricing. If you are required to participate in Summer Intensive, you will receive updates and information via e-mail. You will  still be enrolled as a JHU Carey student this fall and will take a specially designed virtual course combining synchronous and asynchronous elements during the Fall term that is planned with a global student population in mind. This course will count toward your degree requirements. 

  • In addition, we will be offering optional virtual programming, workshops, and social events to keep you connected to your classmates at Carey. 

  • There will be no additional cost outside your enrollment deposit for this single course or the supplemental experiences. 

  • Tuition payment will begin along with your Spring I arrival. Please ensure you pay your deposit by the deadline in order to secure your placement. 

If you cannot arrive on campus for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 start dates, you may defer your admission until Fall 2021. You have until the first day of classes, Monday, August 31, 2020, to request a deferral. 

To clarify, regardless of your start date, all Johns Hopkins Carey Business School full-time Master of Science programs are 12-month programs with the same world-class curriculum you would expect from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. There will be no difference in curriculum based on your start date, other than the timing of your courses. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your enrollment options, please reach out to the Admissions office at carey.admissions@jhu.edu


Updates for Full-Time MBA applicants

  • Round 4 is open to all applicants with a deadline of June 1, 2020. We will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis after Round 4 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

  • Due to the impact on testing facilities, we are offering GMAT/GRE  waivers for the remainder of the fall 2020 application cycle for full-time MBA programs. Scholarships are still available. Please reach out to the appropriate recruitment team member in Admissions to discuss a waiver.

  • You will be considered for scholarships upon submission of your application, no additional steps required. In order to complete your application without your test scores, please upload a statement regarding your waiver request or e-mail confirmation of the waiver you have received in the test score section of your application.

  • If you would still like to include a test score with your application, we will accept scores from the new at-home versions of the GRE and GMAT. If you needed to submit an incomplete application for round 4, we will still review it. We are being as flexible as possible and will work with you on a case-by-case basis.

  • We always evaluate applications holistically, reviewing your essays, coursework, achievements and test scores. This is true now more than ever.

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