28 Aug 2019

Class of 2021 – they're here!

The admissions team sits in a small building on the HBS campus called “Dillon House” surrounded by Chase Hall, one of the many residential dorms and apartments on campus. So we’ve had the chance to catch up with many members of the Class of 2021 moving in over the past few days. We are delighted that they have joined the HBS community, and had their kickoff events this morning. What a thoughtful and talented group!

We’ve just published the Class of 2021 class profile. The profile gives you an “average” sense of the Class but misses the individual impact each has had and will have. I hope you’ll keep that in mind when you’re applying—don’t worry about where you fall relative to the “average” statistic, but instead focus on helping us get to know what you would add to the HBS community as an individual. Over the course of this year, many current students will introduce themselves to you on the MBA Voices blog; hopefully that gives you a better sense of the diverse individuals behind the averages.

A few other notes about the class profile:

You may remember that we did not have a Round 3 for the Class of 2021. We have heard from applicants that their experience was much better, as they were able to better plan for things like housing and visas. This was our goal, and we will have only have two rounds for the Class of 2022 as well.

This change did affect the number of applications that we received overall this year, so I thought I would share a bit more detail in case that’s of interest to you: In the 2017-2018 application year we received 9,886 applications overall, 551 of which we received in Round 3. So without Round 3, we received 9,335 applications in 2017-2018. This is the apples-to-apples number to compare with the 9,228 applications we received in 2018-2019 without Round 3.

We updated our job categories in the class profile to better align with the categories that the HBS Career and Professional Development office uses, so we’re all on the same page. This doesn’t affect how we read applications, interview, or make decisions in the admissions process, but should make it easier for students at HBS.

That’s it for now. Best of luck to those of you finishing up R1 applications that are due next week!

08 Aug 2019

Coming up – Round 1

We are about four weeks away from the September 4th Round 1 deadline. Still plenty of time to put together an application!

May I suggest starting by requesting your letters of recommendation? All you need to do is log into your application and share you recommenders’ names and contact info, and then we’ll reach out to them directly to submit a recommendation. Remember, they are doing you a favor, so it’s a good idea to give your recommenders plenty of time to write a strong letter. The best letters are from people who know you well in a professional context and who can provide specific examples.

For the first time, there are two MS/MBA joint degree programs – the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences and the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences – and those applications are due on the same deadline (September 4th). Why not see if you can earn not one, but two degrees in two years?

Good luck as you work through the application and the essay. Here are some tips I put together for different sections of the application that I hope are helpful. We are looking forward to reading your application and learning more about you.

21 Jun 2019

New MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Joint Degree

As many of you know, Boston and Harvard are a global hub for innovation in biotech, healthcare, and life science. I am pleased to let you know we have launched an exciting new joint degree. In two years you earn an MBA from HBS and an MS from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, which will equip you to make an enduring impact at the intersection of life science and business. 

This joint degree program is designed for candidates who have an undergraduate degree in life sciences or medicine and/or significant workplace experience in biotechnology or life sciences. Check out more information here. We are accepting applications now to begin the program in August 2020.

19 Jun 2019

Class of 2022 Application is Live!

We’ve been hard at work to get the application ready for you to apply to be part of the Class of 2022, and we opened it today. Check it out here or find a downloadable overview of the application here.

Last summer, I wrote a series of tips for each part of the application. Feel free to scroll back through those posts, or we’ve consolidated them into one PDF for you here. The most important thing to remember: We are aiming to get to know YOU through the written application. Bring us into your world; help us understand the impact you've already had and your aspirations going forward.

Finally, as a reminder, here are the application deadlines for this year:

  • Round 1: September 4, 2019
  • Round 2: January 6, 2020
  • 2+2: April 2, 2020


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