2+2 Program Application Steps

The 2+2 Program is a deferred admission process for current students, either in college or full-time masters programs. It is comprised of two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the HBS MBA Program.

Upon graduation, admitted 2+2 students spend two years working in a professional, HBS-approved position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. The 2+2 Program attracts accomplished students from all fields of study. We encourage students from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines to apply.

We're looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to apply their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world.

Are you eligible?

If you are in your final year of study, you are eligible to apply in the current application cycle. This timing applies to:

  • Candidates from bachelor degree programs
  • Candidates from joint bachelor/graduate degree programs
  • Candidates from graduate degree programs who have not held a full-time work position.  To be eligible for the 2+2 program, candidates need to have gone directly from undergraduate to graduate school.

To be considered for admission to the 2+2 Program Class of 2019 (entering Fall 2017), you must be graduating from your program between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

Step 1: Get Prepared

To be considered for admission to the 2+2 Program, you must complete the following:

  • GMAT or GRE taken in the timeframes on the table below. You must take the AWA section of either test and the Integrated Reasoning portion of the GMAT if taken June 5, 2012 or later.
If you are applying in… Your GMAT or GRE test date must fall on or between
Round 1 September 9, 2009 and September 9, 2014
Round 2 January 5, 2010 and January 5, 2015
Round 3 April 6, 2010 and April 7, 2015
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE taken January 1, 2013, or later, if you are an international applicant attending a non-English-speaking undergraduate university. If you are in the process of getting your master’s at an institution where courses are taught in English, but you did your undergraduate work in a language other than English, it is recommended but not required that you take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.
  • Step 2: Decide When to Apply

    There are three rounds in which to apply through the 2+2 application process. All rounds are considered equal, so please apply when you are ready. To be eligible to apply in any of the rounds listed below, you must be graduating from your program between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

    • Round 1: Application Deadline - September 9, 2014 (Notification: December 2014)
    • Round 2: Application Deadline - January 5, 2015 (Notification: March 2015)
    • Round 3: Application Deadline - April 6, 2015 (Notification: May 2015)

    Note: Dates for Rounds 1, 2, and 3 are the same as regular MBA Application deadlines.

    Step 3: Write Your Application

    The application for the 2+2 Class of 2019 is the same as the written application for the MBA program. 

    There is a nonrefundable U.S. $100 application fee (credit card only) vs. $250 application fee for non-2+2 applicants.

    All applications and recommendations must be submitted online.


    Resources to Learn more About the 2+2 Program

    HBS on your campus

    HBS will visit several campuses and offer webinars throughout the year. Please check our Events page for more information.

    2+2 Program Frequently Asked Questions

    Please see the section about the 2+2 program on the Find Answers page for more information.


    2+2 Program Presentation

    An overview of the application process to the 2+2 program for the Class of 2018 can be reviewed online if you would like more information.