18 Sep 2018

Round 1 Update

We are enjoying reading your applications and getting to know you! Thanks to those of you who applied in R1. I remember what it’s like to be in your shoes and know that one of the hardest parts about “waiting” is not knowing how long you’ll be waiting. So, here’s what happens next (and when).

Interview notifications: As you likely know, the next step is an invitation to interview. This is our chance to get to know you in person. We interview roughly 2x the number of people we can eventually admit, and those interview invitations come out in two waves: October 1 and October 4 at noon eastern time.

Early release: If we are not able to invite you to interview, we will let you know on October 4 that you are being “released” from the process. Of course we wish we could move more people forward—our hope is that this earlier timing is helpful to you, even if it’s not the hoped for outcome.

I’ll write a bit more about the specifics as we get closer to October 1. Thank you for your patience! 

05 Sep 2018

2020 Class Profile / 2021 Round 1 Deadline

The Class of 2020 has just kicked off a two-year journey at HBS! After a full year of getting to know each student, we are happy they are all here and now part of the campus community. We just published a profile of the Class of 2020 - Check it out!

As you know today at noon was our Round 1 application deadline for the Class of 2021. To those of you who applied, I remember how much work and reflection goes into putting together an application - and how good it feels to finally hit "submit!" I hope that you find some way to celebrate with a friend or family member. Thank you for applying to HBS. We look forward to getting to know you.
29 Aug 2018

Welcoming the MS/MBA Class of 2020

Last week, I chatted with a few of our new MS/MBA students on campus. They have just finished up their intensive System Engineering course, and they are enjoying a brief break before the HBS first year courses begin. We’re excited they are here and our newest joint degree has officially started!
We are thrilled with the talent and diversity of backgrounds we have represented in the first cohort. We have people from life sciences, aerospace, e-commerce, software, hardware, robotics, medical devices, fin tech, cybersecurity and military. To give you more of a flavor of this first cohort, check out several MS/MBA student profiles at harvardms.mba or this blog post.
If you aspire to a tech leadership role, we encourage you to learn more about Harvard’s 2 year MS/MBA program.
21 Aug 2018

Resume / CV - App Tips Summer Series

The last element of the application for us to chat about is your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Your resume gives us an at-a-glance overview of your experience to date. As we get to know you, the resume helps us situate the various elements of your application and helps us see the journey you’re on as a leader. 

If you run out of room in other parts of the application, for instance in talking about awards or extracurricular activities, feel free to include those on your resume. There is no specific format or template preferred. (Really!) Be as clear and simple as you can, including dates and locations. More than one page is typically not necessary.

This is the last post in this series. My goal has been to demystify the written application process and share some practical tips. Hopefully at least one of these posts has been helpful to you.

We are deeply interested in getting to know you—everything in our process is meant to help us imagine you at Harvard Business School. So, please tell us your personal story in your voice through all the elements of the written application. We can’t wait to meet you!