The application deadlines for the MBA Class of 2019 are:

Application Periods: Application submitted online by 12 noon Boston time: Notification of the MBA Admissions Board's decision:
Round 1 07 SEP 2016 14 DEC 2016
Round 2 04 JAN 2017 22 MAR 2017
Round 3 03 APR 2017** 10 MAY 2017 - Class of 2019
17 MAY 2017 - 2+2 program**

**Round 3 is the only round in which to apply through 2+2.**

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.

Applications received after 12 noon on September 7, 2016 will be considered in Round 2. Applications received after 12 noon on January 4, 2017 will be considered in Round 3. Applications received after 12 noon on April 3, 2017 will not be considered.

When Should I Apply?

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.