The application dates for the MBA Class of 2020 (matriculating fall 2018) are:

Application Periods: Application submitted online by 12 noon Boston time: Notification of the MBA Admissions Board's decision:
Round 1 06 SEP 2017 12 DEC 2017
Round 2 03 JAN 2018 21 MAR 2018
Round 3 02 APR 2018 09 MAY 2018
The application dates for 2+2 applicants are:
Application Period: Application submitted online by 12 noon Boston time: Notification of the MBA Admissions Board's decision:
2+2 Round 10 APR 2018 30 MAY 2018

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.

Class of 2020 applications received after 6 September 6 2017 will be considered in Round 2. Applications received after 3 January 3 2018 will be considered in Round 3. Applications received after 2 April 2 2018 will not be considered.

2+2 applications received after 10 April 10 2018 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.