18 May 2023

2023-2024 Application Updates + GMAT Policy

Calling all prospective MBA students who want to enroll at HBS for fall 2024, i.e. the Class of 2026. The application deadlines to apply are set: Wednesday, September 6, 2023 (Round 1) and Wednesday, January 3, 2024 (Round 2). You can learn more about the application process here.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The MBA application will open in summer 2023, but you can start preparing now by downloading the Application Guide or watching the Application Tips Videos.
  • The essay prompt will remain the same as last year with a 900-word limit: “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?”
  • To minimize confusion across Round 1 and Round 2 in this year’s MBA application, we will only accept the traditional GMAT exam or the GRE. We will not accept the new GMAT Focus exam as it will not be available until after this year’s Round 1 deadline. As a reminder, test scores are valid for five years from the test date, so rest assured that your scores from the traditional GMAT exam will continue to be accepted into the future.
  • For those applying to 2+2 in 2024, we plan to accept the GMAT Focus and will provide further updates when available. The 2+2 application deadline is Thursday, April 25, 2024.

We are already looking forward to getting to know you and encourage you to get to know HBS at one of our upcoming virtual or in-person events this summer!