A transformative experience — inside and outside the classroom.
The School remains committed to a general management curriculum, with a rigorous array of required courses in the first year and an entirely elective second year (offering students 96 courses in 10 subject areas from which to choose). Within this context, faculty continue to develop new ways to enrich the learning process. For example, the School has introduced MBA Learning Teams — six-member groups of students from different sections assigned to work together throughout the first year on graded projects. Learning Teams complement the classroom experience by bringing together students with different backgrounds and perspectives to collaborate on specific assignments, allowing them to refine teamwork skills, learn from one another, and broaden their relationships at HBS.
Over the past five years, HBS has nearly doubled annual MBA fellowship awards, making it possible to attract an increasing number of students who would otherwise be unable to attend the School. The case method of teaching that is a hallmark of HBS builds explicitly on the diversity of perspectives in each classroom. For the MBA class beginning in fall 2005, international students represent 33 percent of the 914 students enrolled, hailing from nearly 70 countries. HBS also enrolls more women than any other leading business school, and minority students comprise 22 percent of the School's MBA classes.
"When I leave HBS next year, I will have learned remarkable lessons, sharing experiences inside and outside the classroom with an Irish professional tennis player, a Navy SEAL, a South African engineer, a Serbian banker, an Indian police officer, an American brain surgeon, a Swiss management consultant, a British economist, a White House speechwriter, a Senegalese entrepreneur, a French venture capitalist, and an Israeli Army colonel. This is the kind of opportunity that childhood dreams are made of."