MBA & Doctoral Programs

  • "HBS has a reputation for developing leaders in their respective fields. Its truly global, and in entrepreneurship, its not just limited to software but includes biotech, healthcare, energy, education, and search funds"

    Arjun Goyal

    Sydney, Australia
    MBA '14

  • "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."

    Nitin Nohria

    Dean 2010 – Present

  • "The most amazing part of the HBS experience has been the incredible people I have gotten to know. Im excited by the true camaraderie and family feeling in my section, among people who look nothing like me and have backgrounds completely different from my own."

    Kristen Jones

    Columbus, OH, USA
    MBA '14

  • "Everybody I meet is not just incredibly accomplished, but friendly and down to earth. Im fortunate to be in a place where I can surround myself with some of the best people from all walks of life, from different industries, geographies, and backgrounds. Here, you learn not just from your professor, but more importantly from the 89 peers in your section."

    John Clayton

    Raleigh, NC, USA
    MBA '13

  • "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. "

    Nitin Nohria

    Dean 2010 - Present

  • "I want to apply what Ive learned at HBS how to bring different perspectives to challenges, how to bring many talents together working toward the same goals. We need to use local resources to develop Africa. Too many of our resources and talents remain hidden; I want to show the world what we can do. Twenty years from now, I want to be able to look back and see that I improved my country with measurable results."

    Kin Seck Mercier

    Dakar, Senegal
    MBA '14


Women 40%
U.S. Ethnic Minorities 24%
International 34%
Countries Represented 68

  • Arjun Goyal
  • Nitin Nohria
  • Kristen Jones
  • John Clayton
  • Nitin Nohria
  • Kin Seck Mercier

Harvard Business School's MBA Program and Doctoral Programs are reflective of an increasingly global world, with a diverse group of students bringing a variety of perspectives to the classroom.

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.

MBA Program

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, So 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. In 2013, we offered 6 IXPs to Peru, South Africa, China (3) and Japan.


Doctoral Programs

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.