The application deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018 are:

Application Periods: Application submitted online by 12 noon Boston time: Notification of the MBA Admissions Board's decision:
Round 1 09 SEP 2015 DEC 2015
Round 2 06 JAN 2016 Mar 2016
Round 3 04 APR 2016 MAy 2016

Please note that each "round" represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You may apply in one round only, one time in an application year.

Given past experience, we anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials very close to 12 noon on submission deadline dates. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, we encourage candidates to submit application materials as early as possible.

Applications received after 12 noon on September 9, 2015 will be considered in Round 2. Applications received after 12 noon on January 6, 2016 will be considered in Round 3. Applications received after 12 noon on April 4, 2016 will not be considered.

When Should I Apply?

To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications we receive, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline of each round. We encourage applicants to apply in the first or second round, as space in the class may be limited by the third round. In addition, applying in the earlier rounds will give candidates more time to address the following issues:

  • International candidates needing visas will find that applying in Round 3 makes the timing of their visa application stressful.
  • International candidates admitted in Rounds 1 and 2 find that it's helpful to have the additional time to work on English proficiency.
  • Some candidates may be required to complete preliminary course work prior to their enrollment.
  • Many deadlines for outside (non-Harvard Business School) fellowships are in early spring. Only students who have been accepted are eligible for these fellowships.
  • Financial aid (loans and need-based HBS Fellowships) is available regardless of when students are admitted. However, the application deadline to be considered for need-based HBS Fellowships is June 30. (Loans are available throughout the school year). Because students may apply for financial aid only after they are admitted, Round 3 admits have less time to prepare their application.
  • Harvard Business School residence halls and Harvard University-affiliated apartments are assigned by lottery. Deadlines for both of these housing options precede Round 3 notification, and you must be admitted to HBS before you can enter these lotteries.