The program seeks a diverse group of outstanding students who: 1) aspire to lead technology ventures; 2) have undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, or a related technical field with a record of academic excellence; 3) have at least two years of full-time work experience, ideally designing and/or developing technology-intensive products; and 4) meet the other criteria for admission to HBS’s MBA Program.

To enroll in the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program, candidates must apply to and be accepted by HBS and by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). To simplify the process, required elements to apply to both the MBA and the Master of Science will be hosted in the HBS application system.

  1. Written Application

    • Create an HBS account and start an application here. This HBS account will be the single source of communication and repository for materials throughout the application process.
    • Indicate your interest in the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program by checking the appropriate box on the application.
    • Choose an HBS application round in which to apply (Round 1 deadline: September 4, 2019; Round 2 deadline: January 6, 2020). 
    • Submit all materials required for both the MBA and Master of Science applications.
      • Required for MBA: application form, resume, official transcript(s), essay, official standardized test scores, two recommendations, acceptance of policies, and application fee. More details here.
      • Required for Master of Science: all materials required for the MBA application, plus one supplemental essay, and one optional essay. All materials submitted for the MBA application will be shared with SEAS for use in review of the Master of Science application.
  2. Interview

    • IF YOU ARE NOT INVITED TO INTERVIEW AT HBS: Your candidacy is not moving forward and you will receive a “deny” notification.
    • IF YOU ARE INVITED TO INTERVIEW AT HBS: Invitations are issued in October (Round 1) and February (Round 2); please follow the instructions below.
    • Interviewed candidates must submit one additional recommendation for the Master of Science portion of the application. The recommender form will be made available to you with instructions via email at the time you are invited to interview. The recommender should speak to your technical capabilities and experience.
  3. Decision Notification

    • HBS and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will release admissions decisions in mid-December (Round 1) and March (Round 2).

      You may be:
    • • Admitted to the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program
    • • Admitted to the MBA program only
    • • Denied by the MBA and Master of Science programs

    Note: It is not possible to be admitted to the Master of Science program only


    • College seniors may apply for deferred admission for the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences joint degree via the 2+2 program.
    • Information about designated deadlines for college seniors is available here. College seniors may apply only in the HBS April 2+2 deadline. Applications will be considered and decisions rendered as described in the above instructions.  
    • 2+2 admission to the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program is a deferred admission contingent upon at least two years, and a maximum of four years, of work experience before matriculation. 
    • Before matriculating in the program, 2+2 admits are encouraged and expected to work in technology product development in an established organization or a startup, perhaps one they have founded. No student will be allowed to enroll directly from an undergraduate program.
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Tuition & Financial Aid

During both years of the program, MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences students will be charged tuition that equals the annual tuition paid by standalone MBA candidates (currently $73,440 for the Class of 2020) plus the cost of the additional courses taken by students in this joint degree program ($11,000).

Students will be eligible to apply for need-based HBS Scholarships and student loans in both years of the program. 

Through the generosity of Denise Dupre and Mark Nunnelly, MBA 1984, all students who matriculate in the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program are awarded an incremental $5,500 scholarship each academic year ($11,000 total). The scholarship will be incorporated into each financial aid package, if applicable. Half of the award will be disbursed to students’ Harvard University Student Account for the fall term and the other half for the spring.

All MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences students are subject to HBS Financial Aid policies and limits (e.g. student budgets, loans and veterans benefits). Email HBS Financial Aid with any further questions. 

2019-20 MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program Cost of Attendance

Student Budget
Class of 2020
Single Student Married Married with
1 Child
Married with
2 Children
Tuition $84,455 $84,455 $84,455 $84,455
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF) $1,206 $1,206 $1,206 $1,206
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) $3,700 $3,700 $3,700 $3,700
HUSHP for StudenT Spouses / Dependents $0 $7,718 $11,818 $13,880
COURSE AND Program MATERIALS Fee $2,550 $2,550 $2,550 $2,550
Room & Utilities (10 months) $15,490
($1,549/mo) *
($2,300/mo) **
($3,021/mo) ***
($3,021/mo) ***
living expenses (10 months) $17,670
Total $125,071 $144,393 $161,458 $172,496
Computer (variable; not included in above budgets) $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
*Based on average area market rate for two-bedroom apartment with roommate.
**Based on average area market rate for one-bedroom apartment.
***Based on average area market rate for two-bedroom apartment.