McKinsey, Bain, & BCG Application Deadlines for United States [2021]

Note that this page is for applying for roles within the United States.

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When to Start Applying to Consulting Jobs

The 2021 update on when to apply for consulting jobs is EARLY! We are seeing deadlines for Bain, BCG, and McKinsey that are 1-2 months earlier than in prior years.

Not all the deadlines are out yet, but we recommend you begin crafting your Consulting Resumes and Cover Letters NOW so you are not caught with too little time!

Check back here. We’ll continue updating deadlines as we hear about them.

It’s also a good idea to frequently visit the websites of firms you’re interested it. Be ready to apply earlier rather than later.

Top consulting firms try to wrap up recruiting early to ensure they’ve secured the best talent. Firms won’t wait or hold spots just for the sake of finding people later and they typically won’t open up more spots until later in the year (or at all). Later interview dates be more competitive.

When To Apply for Full-Time Consulting Roles

Undergraduate students should apply in the summer before their senior year.

Master’s (non-MBA students with less than ~3 years of work experience) should apply in the summer before the final year of their program.

MBAs completing a traditional 2-year program should apply in the summer before their final year.

PhDs & Advanced Degrees should apply in the summer of their final year.

When To Apply for Consulting Summer Internships?

Undergraduate students should apply in their junior year, or in their senior year and are planning to enter a 1-year master’s. Students should apply when they have at least one semester to one year left of school following the summer that they would intern in.

Master’s (non-MBA students with less than ~3 years of work experience) completing a 2-year program should apply in the first year of their program. Students should apply when they have at least one semester to one year left of school following the summer that they would intern in.

MBAs completing a traditional 2-year program should apply in the winter of the first year of their program.

PhDs & Advanced Degrees (JDs/MDs or Master’s student with more than~3 year of work experience) should apply in the winter of their penultimate year for the full 10-week summer internship. If you are looking to apply to the shorter (1-week, 3-day, 1-day internships), you should apply in the spring (typically March/April) of their penultimate year (just a few months before the full-time deadlines hit in the summer (typically July).

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McKinsey Application Deadlines

McKinsey Application Deadline for Full-Time Undergraduate & Master’s Program

McKinsey is offering 2 application deadlines for undergraduate & master’s students who are applying for a full-time Business Analyst (BA) role. The first deadline is July 19th and the second is September 16th, 2021.

When should you apply? McKinsey says it hopes to see the majority of its full-time applicants in July and interns in September, though it’s open to applicants for both deadlines.

Refer to your university recruiting center to confirm these dates. You can contact the recruiter at the office(s) you plan to apply to if you attend a non-target school.

McKinsey Application Deadline for Summer Internships – Undergraduate & Master’s Programs

McKinsey is offering the same 2 application deadlines for undergraduate & master’s students who are applying for a Summer Business Analyst Intern (SBA) roles. The first deadline is July 19th and the second is September 16th, 2021.

When should you apply? McKinsey says it hopes to see the majority of its full-time applicants in July and interns in September, though it’s open to applicants for both deadlines.

Refer to your university recruiting center to confirm these dates. You can contact the recruiter at the office(s) you plan to apply to if you attend a non-target school.

McKinsey Application Deadline – Full Time MBA

The consulting application deadline for MBA students who are applying for a Summer Associate (SA) role depends on the school you are attending. Generally, deadlines fall in September, but refer to your university page to confirm exact dates.

If your school does not list a date (not a target school), the consulting application deadline for MBAs who are applying for a full-time Associate role has not yet been announced.

McKinsey Application Deadline – Summer Internship MBA

The consulting application deadline for MBA students who are applying for a Summer Associate (SA) role depends on the school you are attending. Generally, deadlines fall in November or December, but refer to your university page to confirm exact dates.

If your school does not list a date (not a target school), the consulting application deadline for MBA students who are applying for a Summer Associate Intern role has not yet been announced.

McKinsey Application Deadline – Full Time PhD / Advanced Degree

The consulting application deadline for PhD / ADs who are applying for a full-time Associate is June 15th, 2021.

McKinsey Application Deadline – Internship PhD / Advanced Degree

The consulting application deadline for PhD / ADs who are applying for Summer Associate Intern role has not yet been announced. This is for the full 10-week summer internship. However, most spots are for MBA students and most PhDs apply for the shorter summer internships (1-week, 3-day, 1-day) and the application deadlines are typically in the spring (March/April). These deadlines are typically posted in the new year.

Bain & Company Consulting Application Deadlines

Bain Full-Time Undergraduate & Master’s Programs Application Deadlines

Bain is offering 2 deadlines for undergraduate & master’s students who are applying for a full-time Associate Consultant (AC) role. These dates are July 15th and September 9th, 2021.

Which should you apply to? Bain encourages applicants to apply when they feel ready to complete the application and says they plan to hire a significant number of applicants in each round.

We suggest you confirm that these dates are the same as those on your university page.

This deadline says it is for all schools, including non-target schools. You can email the firm recruiter in the office(s) you plan on applying to in order to confirm the deadline.

Bain Summer Internship Undergraduate & Master’s Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for undergraduate & master’s students who are applying for an Associate Consultant Intern (ACI) role is Septemper 23rd, 2021. We suggest you check your university page to confirm this date. You can also email the firm recruiter in the office(s) you plan on applying to in order to confirm the deadline.

Bain Full-Time MBA Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for MBA students who are applying for a Consultant (CON) role depends on the school you are attending. Generally, deadlines fall in September, but refer to your university page to confirm exact dates.

If you cannot find a deadline for your school, it is typically in September and it can sometimes vary by office. Please email the firm recruiter in the office(s) you plan on applying to in order to confirm the deadline.

Bain Summer Internship MBA Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for MBA students who are applying for a Summer Associate (SA) role has not yet been announced.

Bain Full Time PhD / Advanced Degree Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for PhD / AD students who are applying for a Consultant role is July 11, 2021.

Bain Internship PhD / Advanced Degree Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for PhD / AD students who are applying for a Summer Associate (SA) role has not yet been announced. The full 10-week summer internship spots are mostly for MBA students. Most PhDs apply for the shorter summer internships (1-week, 3-day, 1-day). Bain expects the deadline to fall in November or December 2021.

BGC Consulting Application Deadlines

BCG Full-Time Undergraduate & Master’s Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for undergraduate & master’s students who are applying for a full-time Associate role is July 16th, 2021.

This deadline applies if you do not attend a target school. If BCG conducts interviews on campus at your school, we suggest you check with your career office for a deadline specific to your school. You can also email the firm recruiter in the office(s) you plan on applying to in order to confirm the deadline.

BCG Summer Internship Undergraduate & Master’s Application Deadline

An MCO client attended the BCG summer session this week. They said there are 3 BCG Summer Associate Internship application deadlines, July 16th, September 8th, and September 29th.

BCG said it’s okay to apply anytime you feel prepared, but our guidance is to apply to the earliest deadline you can. BCG’s strategy is to hit their hiring targets as early as possible, so interview spots in the later dates will be more competitive.

This deadline applies if you do not attend a target school. If BCG conducts interviews on campus at your school, we suggest you check with your career office for a deadline specific to your school. You can also email the firm recruiter in the office(s) you plan on applying to in order to confirm the deadline.

BCG Full-Time MBA Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for MBAs who are applying for a full-time Consultant role depends on the school you are attending. Generally, deadlines fall in August-September, but refer to your university page to confirm exact dates.

BCG Summer Internship MBA Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for MBAs who are applying for a Consultant Summer Internship role depends on the school you are attending. Generally, deadlines fall in November-December, but refer to your university page to confirm exact dates.

BCG Full Time PhD / AD Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for PhD / ADs who are applying for a full-time Consultant role depends on the school you are attending. This year, the deadline is July 12th, 2021.

This deadline applies if you do not attend a target school. If BCG conducts interviews on campus at your school, we suggest you check with your career office for a deadline specific to your school. You can also email the firm recruiter in the office(s) you plan on applying to in order to confirm the deadline.

BCG Internship PhD / AD Application Deadline

The consulting application deadline for PhD / ADs who are applying for a Consultant Summer Internship role depends on the school you are attending. Generally, deadlines fall in November-December, but refer to your university page to confirm exact dates. This is for the full 10-week summer internship. However, most spots are for MBA students and most PhDs apply for the shorter summer internships (1-week, 3-day, 1-day) and the application deadlines are typically in the spring (March/April). These deadlines are typically posted in the new year.

McKinsey, Bain and BCG (MBB) Application Deadlines for Experienced Hires

While a large majority of recruiting for McKinsey, Bain, and BCG happens directly from campus, firms are doing more and more experienced hiring each year.

Experienced hiring varies by firm, role and office, so it is important to confirm with the appropriate recruiter that you are applying for a role where they are actively hiring in that location.

The best times to apply as an experienced hire are July/August and in the new year. We typically see a spike in experienced hire recruiting in January. Experienced hire recruiting is done when there is a need for talent, so networking is a great way to find out if you are applying at the right time. Needs will vary by firm and office.

Additionally, Bain sometimes has another application deadline for experienced hires for the Consultant level role (post-MBA, PhD or over 4 years of relevant work experience) in January. If this is happening, it will be posted on their firm website. This occasionally happens in the spring instead and it only happens when there is a need. This January or Spring deadline does not apply to Bain’s Associate Consultant (AC) level role (undergraduates, Master’s (non-MBA), or experienced hires with less than 4 years of work experience)

All of this being said, the need for experienced hires can change quickly, so candidates should check with a recruiter first before applying to an office since not all offices at all firms will add experienced hires every year. It is done when needed.  The majority of experienced professional hiring happens for more specialized roles so it is great to look out for other non-generalist roles as well if you have a specialized background (e.g. digital, healthcare, private equity, technology, etc.) 

What to Do If You Miss the Consulting Application Deadlines

If you missed the application deadlines for MBB firms, you should be open and excited to apply to firms outside of just McKinsey, Bain, BCG, and some of the other larger Tier 2s. Please see this list of firms for more context. The deadlines for Tier 2 firms are usually around the same time as MBB or a little bit after.

Some boutique firms conduct hiring on a rolling basis, and continue to review applications throughout the year.

Some of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 firms will occasionally have openings after the Fall, but it will depend on if a specific office has a hiring need and numbers tend to be smaller. Networking will folks at the firms can be a great way to know when there is an opening. The MBB firms do keep their application “open” all year round, but remember, that doesn’t always mean they are actively reviewing applications.

The good news is, we have worked with many folks who have missed application deadlines and still land offers from smaller firms and then go on to make a lateral transition to a larger consulting firm. While it isn’t the straightest and fastest path into an MBB, don’t give up if you have missed the deadlines!

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