Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program. Harvard Business School invites students into two years of leadership practice immersed in real-world challenges. Into a diverse community of colleagues and faculty reflecting a world of talents, beliefs, and backgrounds. Into an intense period of personal and professional transformation that prepares you for challenges in any functional area—anywhere in the world.

The Business School at Harvard University offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, consulting, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, international business, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, portfolio management, public administration, public policy, real estate, sports business, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, tax, and technology.

Full time tuition costs are $73,440 per year. HBS also offers Tuition Assistance such as scholarships, fellowships and students loans to more than 50% of it’s students.  Upon graduation, 89% of graduates are employed, earning an average annual salary of $204,800.

HBS MBA also has a unique 2+2 MBA program. This is a deferred admission process for current students, either in college or full-time master’s degree programs. It comprises of at least two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the regular HBS MBA Program.Upon graduation,  2+2 students will spend a minimum of two years (maximum of four) working in a professional position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

College seniors from any academic background are eligible to apply for the 2+2 program. Students pursuing a PhD, Law or Medicine are not eligible for the 2+2 Program and should apply through the regular admissions.To be considered for admission to the 2+2 Program Class of 2024 (entering fall 2022), students must be graduating between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: September 4 2019

Round 2: January 6 2020

2+2 Round : April 2 2020

Application Fee: US$250

2+2 Application Fee: US$100

Admissions Facts

Program length: 2 years, 4 years for 2+2 program

 Acceptance rate (both programs): 9%

Average age of new entrants: 25-27

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

Average GMAT score (both programs): 730

 Average GRE Verbal/Quant score: 164

Average GPA: 3.79

Require work experience: Only for regular MBA admissions

 Average work experience: 3 to 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2020

1.As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

Joint program applicants for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School must provide an additional essay:


How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

You will need to have two recommendations submitted online by the application deadlines. Recommenders will be asked to fill out a personal qualities and skills grid and answer our two additional questions (see below). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all recommendations are submitted online by the deadline date for the round in which the applicant is applying.

Use your best judgment on who you decide to ask – there is no set formula for who should be your recommenders. Understandably, it is not always possible to have a direct supervisor write your recommendation – don’t worry, your current position will not be jeopardized for the application process. Look at the questions asked for the recommenders to complete. Find people who know you well enough to answer them. This can be a former supervisor, a colleague, someone you collaborate on an activity outside of work. How well a person knows you should take priority over level of seniority or HBS alumni status.

Recommender Questions

  1. How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

Admissions Verdict


Highly Selective

“Harvard is a very selective university, with the best of the best all competing for spots. Even if you're at the top of your class academically, to get in here, you need to stand out with your extracurricular activities and your essay and really show them the impact you can make on campus.” Consultant2018

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