08 Aug 2022

Interview Plan for the 2022-2023 Application Year


With about a month left before the Round 1 submission deadline, I am delighted to let you know we will offer both in-person and Zoom interviews this year.

Zoom interviews have worked well the past two years, which is why we plan to continue to offer this as an ongoing option for anyone invited to interview. We know it can be inconvenient or expensive to travel for an interview—a challenge which Zoom helps solve—and so we are happy to offer multiple options. Whether you do your interview in person or on Zoom, the process is exactly the same. In either format, the same Admissions Board members conduct the interviews, so there is no advantage in the evaluation process to interviewing in person or via Zoom. Really!

As a reminder, we invite a subset of those who apply to advance to the interview stage of our process. We will offer in-person interviews on the HBS campus and a limited number of interviews in a few hub cities around the world. While the list of cities may change, we are tentatively planning to interview in Tokyo, Bay Area CA, London, Paris, Dubai, Lagos, and Johannesburg. For all interviewees, we’ll offer the opportunity to hear from members of the HBS community as well as connect 1-1 with an HBS alum.

Finally, a request: with lingering impacts of the pandemic, we are thoughtfully preparing now for multiple potential scenarios. We ask in advance for your flexibility if we need to change the day, time, or format of your interview as the application season unfolds.

For those of you preparing Round 1 applications, we wish you all our best over the next ~month. We are looking forward to getting to know you!

 
22 Jun 2022

Class of 2025 Application Now Open and Need-based Application Fee Waiver


We just opened the application for the Class of 2025 (enrolling in fall 2023). Check it out here or download an application guide. The Round 1 deadline is September 7, 2022, and Round 2 applications are due on January 4, 2023. Good luck as you get started on your application!

For a second year we are offering a need-based application fee waiver for both admissions rounds. If you’ve been wondering whether to apply to Harvard Business School, and the application fee presents a hardship for you, please consider submitting a fee waiver request to get the process started!

This need-based app fee waiver complements our generous need-based approach to financial aid. We believe that your financial circumstances should never prevent you from applying to or attending Harvard Business School. We need leaders from all socioeconomic backgrounds at HBS to make a difference in the world. More information on how to request a fee waiver is located here or in the MBA Application.

 
11 May 2022

Class of 2025 Application Deadlines + New Essay Word Count


Calling all applicants who want to enroll at HBS in fall 2023, i.e., the Class of 2025. The applications deadlines to apply will be September 7, 2022 (Round 1) and January 4, 2023 (Round 2) – you can learn more about the application here. The application will open in late June 2022, but you can start preparing by downloading our Application Guide now.

Essay news:

  • The prompt will remain the same as in previous years: “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?”
  • We are, however, adding a 900 word limit to the essay. Why, you might ask? Well, we have heard from some applicants that, without a word limit, sometimes questions (and stress) arise about the “right” word length. We hope that including a limit provides applicants with a little more direction and eliminates the stress about how much is too much to write.
  • Do you need to submit 900 words? No, certainly not. Successful applicants may share what they wish to in 500 or 700 words, for example, or go up to 900.

We are already looking forward to getting to know you!

 
06 May 2022

2+2 Next Steps


Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2+2 application for deferred admission into the Harvard MBA program. We are enjoying getting to know you better and understanding your leadership journey.

Each 2+2 applicant will receive news on next steps on June 1 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. There are two possibilities:

  • Invite to Interview – Congrats!
  • Early Release – Unfortunately, we are not able to move you forward in the process, but hope you will think of HBS again in the future (we are very reapplicant friendly!)

If you are invited to interview, the online scheduling system will be live immediately and you will be able to choose the date and time for your interview. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom by a member of the HBS Admissions Board.

 

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