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

Upon graduation, admitted 2+2 students spend a minimum of two years (maximum of 4 years) working in a professional position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. We encourage students from STEM and humanities disciplines to apply, but the 2+2 Program attracts accomplished students from all fields of study.

We're looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to develop 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 2021 (entering Fall 2019), you must be graduating from your program between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

Step 1: Learn More About 2+2

We want you to have a full 360 degree view of the 2+2 Program. We have several resources to help you get to know 2+2 better!

  • HBS will visit several campuses and offer webinars throughout the year. Please check our Events page for more information
  • Hear from HBS students and alumni about their 2+2 experience on the MBA Voices Blog
  • See the section about the 2+2 program on the Find Answers page for responses to frequently asked questions
  • An overview of the application process to the 2+2 Program can be reviewed online.

Step 2: Get Prepared

To be considered for admission to the 2+2 Program, you must complete the GMAT or GRE between April 3, 2012 and April 3, 2017 (R3 deadline). 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 an international applicant attending a non-English speaking undergraduate university, you will need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score taken after January 1, 2015. 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 3: Write Your Application

The application for the 2+2 Class of 2021 is essentially the same as the online 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. 2+2 applications have only one deadline: Round 3 April 3rd, 2017. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis so your application will not be considered until the April 3rd application round.

2+2 Profile for the Class of 2020


2+2 Commits 106
total applicants 1121
% Admitted
Women 44%
International 21%
Countries Represented 20

Testing Information

Complete Range of GMAT Scores 610-780
median GMAT 730
Average GPA* 3.67

Educational Background

STEM 60%
Economics/Business 22%
humanities/social sciences 18%
Undergraduate Institutions Represented 43

*Excludes GPAs not on 4.0 scales.