Introduction

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. Its tuition is full-time: $72,000 per year. At graduation, 78.9 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: September 2018

Round 2: January 2019

Round 3: April 2019

Application Fee: $250

Admissions Facts

Program length: 2 years

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 9.9%

Average age of new entrants: 27

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 730

 Average GRE Verbal/Quant score: 164

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 3 to 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2018

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: 2018

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.”

Admissions.sg Consultant2018

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