HBS MBA Program MBA News and Announcements en-us http://www.hbs.edu/mba/ <![CDATA[Employment History - App Tips Summer Series]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:00:00 EST
I am starting with the Employment section because I think there’s a temptation to just “go through the motions” in this part of the app—maybe because it feels similar to your resume? If you do that, you’re missing an opportunity to bring us into your world. In addition to dates and titles for your most recent three jobs, we give you five open text boxes: 

-Your Role and Responsibilities
-Company/Organization Description
-Reason for Leaving [for a new role]
-Key Accomplishments
-Most Significant Challenge

You only have 250 characters for each box, but you would be surprised how much you can express in that space.

In your own words (rather than the description in your HR job posting) what is your job? In describing Your Role and Responsibilities, what has stood out as critical to you as well as to your company?

In describing your Company/Organization, keep in mind that while we are familiar with many companies around the world, we may not know much about your division or your team. If you work at a startup or your family business, giving us details beyond what is available online is also very helpful.

As for your Reason for Leaving, this can be simple and straightforward and hopefully gives you a chance to reflect on the “why” of a key transition in your work life.

In the Key Accomplishments box, think back on your time at this company—what achievement has been most meaningful to you? Try to be as specific and as honest as possible. The same goes for your Most Significant Challenge.  

The employment history section ought to be one of the more self-reflective parts of the application as you step back and take stock of your journey so far. Don’t be afraid to show a little personality in your responses! This employment section really helps us get to know you and is often a good jumping off point for the interview stage of the process.

Hopefully this is helpful to you. If you haven’t started your application yet, I encourage you to start one now. I’ll share some thoughts about the essay next week!
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<![CDATA[Application Tips Summer Series]]> Mon, 9 Jul 2018 18:00:00 EST

When July hits, I know from personal experience, that applying starts to feel “real” when you are planning to apply to HBS in Round 1. In addition to events and webinars, I thought a simple “Application Tips” series might be helpful to you. Hopefully, you agree!

Each week, I’ll write a few paragraphs about one element of the written application—e.g. suggestions on how to approach it, where people may get hung up, misconceptions, etc. My goal is to demystify the written application and give you some simple, practical suggestions for putting together your story. I’ll start with a post later this week about the “Employment History” section of the application. Here’s a tentative plan:

1: Employment History 
2: Essay 
3: Recommendations 
4: Standardized Tests / Transcripts 
5: Awards / Extracurriculars 
6: Resume

Before continuing with the series, let me share with you my only hesitation: that you will try to follow my suggestions too closely. The written app is for you to introduce yourself—we designed a lot of “space” in the app for you to tell your story. If you’re following a rote/cookie-cutter approach we won’t be able to get to know you. So, promise you won’t do that?

We will also be posting the tips on our Instagram page. So feel free to follow us @hbsadmissions.

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<![CDATA[The Class of 2021 Application is Now Open!]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:00:00 EST

I know that many of you have been waiting to get started on your application, so I am thrilled to announce that the application for the Class of 2021 is now live.  

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • Round 1  September 5, 2018
  • Round 2  January 4, 2019
  • 2+2  April 9, 2019

People sometimes ask us if we take the summers off in admissions. Wouldn’t that be nice? The truth is that we are busy reaching out to encourage people all over the world to consider HBS in the future. We do this through programs like Peek, SVMP, or the many events we host with HBS Alumni. And we love this part of our jobs. Here’s just a sample of the 50+ events (and counting!) we currently have planned for the next few months:

June 30 - HBS Information Session in Tokyo

July 11 - HBS Social Enterprise Information Session in Northern California

July 23 - HBS Information Session in Shenzhen

July 31 - Harvard Graduate School Information Session in Washington D.C.

For a complete list of information sessions, visit our events page. We hope to see you soon and good luck on your applications!

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<![CDATA[News About Rounds for the Class of 2021]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 11:00:00 EST
After careful consideration, we have decided to focus our MBA application process on two rounds — with deadlines in September and January — and to focus our spring round on 2+2 applications.
 
Why are we making this change? We want to make the enrollment experience as smooth as possible for incoming students.
 
Getting a decision earlier will give admitted students better access to on-campus housing, more cohort options for HBX CORe, and more time for visa processing. For students admitted in Round 3 in the past, the timing has always been tight. We know it takes a lot to finish up a job and move to a new city (!) and we hope the additional time will be helpful to admits on a number of fronts.
 
And given that we’ve seen more applicants in Rounds 1 and 2 and fewer in Round 3 in recent years, this change feels consistent with the choices you are making about when to apply.
 
For these reasons, Round 3 will no longer be an option. The spring “2+2 Round” for college seniors seeking deferred admission will remain.
 
So, mark your calendars! To be considered for the Harvard Business School Class of 2021, you need to apply in either Round 1 (September 5, 2018) or Round 2 (January 4, 2019). We have no preference between the two rounds — truly. We hope that you will apply to HBS!
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