13 Jun 2018

The Class of 2021 Application is Now Open!

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!

15 May 2018

News About Rounds for the Class of 2021

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!
20 Apr 2018

Upcoming Dates for 2+2 and Round 3

As promised, I wanted to share some upcoming dates. Happy Friday to all.

  • 2+2 Interview Notification & Early Release – April 30
  • 2+2 Notification Day – May 30
  • Round 3 Notification Day – May 9
18 Apr 2018

Looking Ahead to the Class of 2021

We are taking a small break in our Round 3 / 2+2 programming to look ahead with you to the Class of 2021—this is for those of you who will be applying in the next “application year”.
We’ve set application deadlines for Round 1 (September 5, 2018) and Round 2 (January 4, 2019), so I wanted to put those on your radar now. You can start working on the Class of 2021 application in early June 2018 when we open up the application, but in the meantime feel free to start thinking about the one required essay, which has remained the same: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?” On Wednesday, June 6th, we will hold an optional webinar walking through each element of the application.
For those of you who recently applied for our 2+2 program, we are really enjoying getting to know you through your applications! I will post again on Friday, April 20 to let you know specifics about interview invitations and other important dates. And, for our Class of 2020 Round 3 interviewees, we can’t wait to meet you soon.


EDIT: An earlier version of this post listed the second round deadline as January 3, 2019.