26 Jan 2023

Round 2 Interview Invitations

A big thank you to everyone who applied to HBS in Round 2. We’re enjoying getting to know you through your applications.

Next week, on Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, everyone who applied in Round 2—or received a “Further Consideration” decision in Round 1—will receive an update via the Application Status page.

There are two possibilities:

Invite to Interview – you’ll receive additional information regarding the interview process on February 1; you’ll then be able to sign up for an interview on February 2. We are offering both in-person and Zoom interviews.

Early Release – unfortunately, this means we’re not able to move you forward in the application process. Our hope is that by letting you know as early as possible, you can proceed with other plans.

Thanks again for all the time and effort you put into your applications—we’re grateful for your interest in HBS!

22 Dec 2022

A Goodbye from Chad + Reminder for Round 2

As we close out 2022, I write to say farewell and thank you.

Serving in this role for the past six years has been an honor and a joy—learning deeply from my colleagues, from you, and from thousands of prospective and current HBS students around the world. I am a better leader and person as a result. Thank you. Even as I look ahead with excitement to my next professional chapter, I am sad that this one at HBS has come to a close.

But enough about me! I am excited to introduce you to my wonderful manager, Jana Kierstead, who will be taking over this blog for the time being.


Greetings, prospective students! My name is Jana Kierstead and I’m the Executive Director of the MBA and Doctoral Programs at HBS. I have the amazing job of overseeing the full student experience at HBS, from admissions through graduation, and am excited for the opportunity to get to know our applicant community even better over the coming months.

I’ll be working closely with our MBA Admissions team as we continue the search for the next Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. In the meantime, I will go on providing admissions and application updates via this blog. So, with that in mind, here are a few updates:

  • Our admissions and financial aid processes have not changed nor have our decision criteria: admission is based on merit and financial aid is based on need
  • The last chance to apply to the Class of 2025 (entering fall 2023) is less than two weeks away: January 4, 2023
  • HBS is closed from December 23 through January 2. We will reopen on January 3, 2023. But we are here for you!
  • We will be monitoring ApplyTech@hbs.edu if you have any technical challenges with the application; we will respond to other messages after the office reopens.

Our best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year, and good luck to those of you working through your applications!

15 Dec 2022

The 2+2 Deferred Admissions Application is Now Live

The 2+2 application is now open in our application portal! The HBS 2+2 program is a deferred admission process for current students in their final year of study, either in college or a full-time master’s degree program. If you are admitted through 2+2, you work for 2-4 years in a field of your choosing before enrolling at HBS in the regular HBS MBA Program.

The 2+2 application deadline is not until April 27, 2023, so you have plenty of time to apply (we do not review applications until after this deadline). There is a reduced application fee of $100, and we also have a 2+2 need-based application fee waiver.

In the meantime, check out the 2+2 website for more information and details of the application process. We hope that knowing you have a spot at HBS on the horizon will enable you to really explore early on in your career as you build toward a life of impact.

07 Dec 2022

Round 1 Application Decisions

Tomorrow is the big day for Round 1 applicants! We will release Round 1 decisions on Thursday, December 8 at noon Eastern Time via the Application Status page. We’re honored to have met so many talented and driven individuals through the application and interview process and thank you for sharing your stories with us.

For those thinking of applying to HBS in Round 2, we hope you will. Round 2 is the final opportunity to apply to the MBA Class of 2025 (entering fall 2023) and the deadline is a little less than a month away on January 4, 2023. There’s still plenty of time to put together your application and submit it here.


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