MBA & Doctoral Programs
"HBS has been eye-opening, I often come into class thinking, 'x,' but I hear enough 'y's to challenge my position. You don't usually get a chance to see issues from so many different points of view. The variety of people and interests at HBS exposes you to a truly global perspective."
Davison, MI, USA
"If If we assume that innovative practices are often the basis for the formulation of new ideas in a field like management, today, in this Global Century, we must recognize that management ingenuity is found all around the world."
Dean 2010 - Present
"HBS builds a classroom experience that's similar to the business world. You have to convince others of your ideas. If you can do that here, you become confident you can do it in business, too."
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
"My trip to Vietnam is among the things I've most appreciated here. When you go with faculty, you get a deeper understanding of context, of culture and government policies. In Vietnam, our faculty guide, Regina Abrami, was exceptionally insightful because of her research background. On the IXP, I gained a deeper knowledge of Asia's industrial and manufacturing sectors."
"You come to HBS with big paradigm ideas about what leadership is and assume that others see it that way, too. Then you hear people speak from entirely different perspectives based on completely different family and cultural experiences."
Yates Center, KS, USA
"As businesses and markets become increasingly global, our strategy is to maintain a small physical footprint and a large intellectual footprint. What distinguishes Harvard Business School — our competitive advantage — is the breadth and depth of the work we are able to pursue. "
Dean 2010 – Present
"It's important for me to build a wide network with exceptional people from Europe, the United States, and all over the world. Thirty-three percent of 900 HBS students each year are international. HBS offers a uniquely international network compared to any other US school."
"I was surprised by the people. The students here have an amazing variety of backgrounds. The professors are very open to students. And they're not just academics; their work and board experiences inform their teaching."
São Paulo, Brazil
"I hope to have an impact that goes beyond growth, but really drives impact around the world."
La Crescenta, CA, USA
"One of the most rewarding aspects of the joint degree is the friendships we’ve developed within the cohort. For me, that was made possible by a required immersion experience during our first year, comparing the US and UK health care systems. We spent intensive time in Boston and in London learning from leading healthcare policymakers, practitioners, and administrators."
Smithtown, NY, USA
MBA /MPP '11
"The program gives you a broad overview of many different skills. Daily case study actively builds leadership qualities: the ability to influence others; the ability to understand the perspectives of people with different backgrounds and interests; the ability to listen to other points of view and integrate them with your own understanding."
MBA CLASS OF 2014
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MBA STUDENT CLUBS
- Africa Business Club
- Asia Business Club
- Australian and New Zealand Club
- Canadian Club
- Club Latinoamericano
- Emerging Europe Association
- European Club
- German Speaking Society
- Global Business Club
- Greater China Club
- Middle East and North Africa Club
- South Asian Business Association
Faculty bring important business issues and management problems from around the world into the classroom. In fiscal 2012, 42% of research produced by the School's faculty addressed global business issues, and a variety of courses and cases in the MBA program address global business issues (see sidebar at right). This approach equips students to apply what they learn to multiple contexts, in meaningful ways.
International students from 68 countries comprise 34% of the MBA student body. Such diversity is an integral part of the MBA learning experience, and greatly enriches the participant-centered approach to learning by bringing contrasting viewpoints to daily class discussions.
Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD)
Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD), a curricular innovation announced by Harvard Business School in January 2011, is a required first-year course that spans a full academic year. The course focuses on developing small-group learning experiences that are immersive, field-based, and action-oriented, with the overall goal of advancing the School's mission to develop leaders who make a difference in the world. The January 2013 Global Immersion locations included Accra, Johannesburg, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Santiago, Chennai, Mumbai, and Boston.
Immersion Experience Program (IXP)
The Immersion Experience Program (IXP) is an off-campus learning opportunity for second-year MBA students. A key component of the IXP, most appreciated by MBA students, is the opportunity to engage in field-based exercises that allow them to apply leading ideas in managerial practice and interact directly with the communities and business leaders. The information below outlines the growth of the program and the importance of active learning. In 2013, we offered 6 IXPs to Peru, South Africa, China (3) and Japan.
Doctoral Programs develop individuals for careers as professors at leading business schools and universities. Students in the Doctoral Programs come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and represent 26 countries. They may elect to pursue one of eight programs. During the course of their time in the Doctoral Programs, many students travel abroad to conduct field-based research.
The academic job market for graduates of HBS Doctoral Programs is expanding. Recent graduates have been recruited from institutions such as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, London Business School, IMD, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, INSEAD, Columbia University, and Harvard Business School.