17 Jun 2021

Big news! Need-based application fee waiver and Class of 2024 application now open

Today, we launch a need-based application fee waiver for all 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.

Speaking of the application, we just opened it up for the Class of 2024 (enrolling in fall 2022). Check it out here or download an application guide. The Round 1 deadline is September 8, 2021, and Round 2 applications are due on January 4, 2022.

Good luck as you get started on your application!

10 Jun 2021

Meet Us Online This Summer

We always look forward to this time of year because it’s an opportunity for us to spend time connecting with prospective HBS students around the world! Our virtual events are a chance for you to meet members of our community and get all your questions about the MBA program and application process answered. We believe the most impactful part is hearing directly from our current students and members of our global alumni community about the transformational HBS MBA experience. We hear often from our matriculating students that it was a student or alumni panel or conversation that convinced them that HBS was a community that they wanted to join.

This summer we’re excited about the events that we’re offering – and keep an eye out because the list will continue to grow! Several highlights include the Women in Industry Series, the International Student Series, and one of my favorite events to host which brings section-mates together five years after graduation to reflect on their experience as students and now as alumni. We also encourage prospective students to attend one of our weekly Information Sessions as a great starting point, and then to be able to pick and choose among the myriad events which are most interesting to you.

These events are truly meant for you to learn about Harvard and figure out if the MBA experience we offer is a good fit for you and your future goals. Your registration or attendance at one of these events does NOT play a role in our evaluation process. We offer these events purely to assist with your learning process. Why is this important for us? We realize there are financial considerations for traveling to in person events, and that there can be internet accessibility and time zone challenges for virtual events. Given these and other possible challenges facing prospective students, registration or attendance at our events does not play a role in our evaluation process. We admit many students every year who don’t make their first visit to campus until after they’ve already been accepted.

We hope you’ll check out our events website or complete an Introduce Yourself form and we’ll keep you posted on what’s coming up that meets your interests. We look forward to connecting with you online soon!

18 May 2021

2+2 Interviews and Early Release

Thank you to everyone who applied to HBS via the 2+2 program. We have enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate your authentic voices.

On Wednesday, June 2, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, each of you will receive individual news on next steps. 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 and encourage you to reapply in the future.

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 virtually this summer via Zoom.

10 May 2021

Class of 2024 Application Dates

Hello to all considering applying to the Harvard Business School Class of 2024! Our two application rounds will be:

Round 1:

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 8th at Noon ET
  • Decision Notification: Thursday, December 9th at Noon ET

Round 2:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 4th at Noon ET
  • Decision Notification: Wednesday, March 30th at Noon ET

The application will open in mid-June 2021, but you can start preparing by downloading our Application Guide.

For those of you who want to get an early start on your essay, the prompt will remain the same as last year: “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?” Watch our MBA Application Tips: Essay video to learn more.

We look forward to reading your application.

13 Apr 2021

Calling College Seniors – Applying to HBS

The deadline for our 2+2 deferred admissions process is coming up on April 29, 2021 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. If you are in your final year of college (or Master’s program you matriculated into straight from your undergrad) you can apply to Harvard Business School now and, if admitted, start the MBA program in two, three, or four years.

In the 2+2 application process, we always meet outstanding applicants who are poised to make a difference in the world. 2+2 allows you to explore widely in the early years of your career and then build on that foundation with a two-year MBA from Harvard. We hope that you consider HBS—you can learn more about our 2+2 deferred admissions process here.

26 Mar 2021

Round 2 Decisions

We are nearing the end of our Round 2 admissions application round. We feel honored to have met so many talented individuals and learn how you are making a difference in the world. Thank you for your interest in HBS and for sharing your stories with us.

We will release decisions on Tuesday, March 30 at noon Eastern Time via the application status page.

28 Jan 2021

R2 Interview Invitations

A big thank you to all of you who applied in Round 2 for your interest in HBS and the ways in which you are making a difference in the lives of those around you. We have enjoyed getting to know you through the application process so far.

Next week, on February 3 at noon eastern, you will receive an update via the application status page on the next phase of the process as we extend invitations to interview to a portion of those who applied. As we announced previously, all interviews will be conducted via zoom this round as we continue to navigate the global pandemic.

If you are not invited to interview, we will release you from the process next week so you can move forward with other plans. We sincerely thank all who submitted an application to HBS.

22 Dec 2020

Applying to the HBS Class of 2023

The last chance to apply to the Class of 2023 (entering fall 2021) is only two weeks away: January 5, 2021 at noon Eastern Time. Good luck to those of you working through your application between now and then!

HBS is closed from December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021. We will reopen on January 4, 2021. But we are here for you! We will be monitoring ApplyTech@hbs.edu if you have any technical challenges with the application related to a Round 2 application; we will respond to other messages after the office re-opens.

As we close out a challenging year on many fronts, the need for leaders like you is more apparent than ever. Thank you for your interest in HBS!

09 Dec 2020

Round 1 Decisions; Round 2 Deadline

After what I know is a long wait, tomorrow is the big day for Round 1 applicants! At 12:00 noon Eastern Time tomorrow (Dec 10), we will release Round 1 decisions via the Application Status page. A little over half of those we met during the interview process will receive an offer of admission. To a portion of those not accepted, we will extend an offer to join our waitlist.

For those considering Round 2, the application deadline is a little less than four weeks away on January 5, 2021, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. You can apply here. Please remember that we have increased the size of the next two incoming classes to about 1,000 students each (learn more here), and we look forward to getting to know you through the application process. Best wishes over the next few weeks as you put your applications together.

23 Nov 2020

Giving thanks

In the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is this week, and on behalf of the HBS Admissions and Financial Aid team, I want to share our thanks with you.

2020 has been a challenging year around the world. Given the pandemic, we have missed traveling to your home towns and countries to meet you in-person and share more about HBS. And, we have missed hosting you on the HBS campus for class visits, campus tours, and interviews.

Despite all that, we have enjoyed meeting many of you through our online events and, for those who applied in Round 1, through your written applications and interviews. Thank you for your flexibility and enthusiasm for connecting in these new ways. In a world with so many challenges, we are heartened by how you are leading in your organizations and leaning in to your communities.

Round 1 decisions come out on December 10 at noon Eastern time, so just a few weeks away. For those of you considering Round 2 (the final deadline for the Class of 2023), you still have plenty of time before the January 5, 2021 deadline.

Happy Thanksgiving!

05 Nov 2020

Updates on Class Size and Internship

Today, I am pleased to confirm that HBS will increase enrollment for the next few years—the Classes of 2023 and 2024 will enroll about 1,000 students each.

In April, when we announced our one-time deferral policy for those admitted to the Class of 2022, we were already thinking ahead to those of you applying in the next two years. We did not want you to be disadvantaged by spots already reserved for those who deferred from the Class of 2022.

For this reason, even as we prepared for this year’s class, we have been working diligently with Harvard University and our faculty and staff teams at HBS to explore increasing the HBS class size. Though uncertainty remains around the world, we have developed robust plans and contingencies for a great experience for enlarged HBS Classes of 2023 and 2024.

HBS has always strived, through a thoughtful design of the learning and student experiences, to offer the breadth of opportunity of a large business school and the intimacy of a small section of fellow students. This deliberate balance will continue as we temporarily expand enrollment at HBS for the Classes of 2023 and 2024 to about 1,000 students each.

Additionally, I want to share a note from the HBS Dean’s Office about a new summer internship requirement in the MBA program:

Last week, the faculty expressed their support for a proposal to require summer internships for MBA students. Beginning with the Class of 2022, then, students will be able to fulfill this requirement through successful completion of a summer work experience—either with an established organization or by launching an entrepreneurial venture, and in either a paid or an unpaid position. Any student facing circumstances that preclude an internship, including personal circumstances such as the birth of a child or caring for a family member, will be able to apply for a waiver.

We expect this to be seen as good news throughout the HBS community given that 99% of students usually pursue an internship opportunity. We have long considered summer internships an important extension of our curriculum—one that enhances learning and provides important practical experience. Beyond formalizing their vital role in our two-year program, the shift will benefit a number of our international students by offering them U.S. employment eligibility and ensuring that they can pursue unpaid internships.

I hope that you share my excitement on these two pieces of good news and will consider applying to HBS!

08 Oct 2020

HBS Racial Equity Action Plan

Earlier this year, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria acknowledged that HBS can and should do more in the fight against racial injustice and inequality especially against Black Americans. In June, he launched the Dean’s Anti-Racism Taskforce, comprised of students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and tasked this group with developing an institutional action plan. The full plan was released on September 23, 2020, and I encourage you to take time to read the full Racial Equity Action Plan.

As one of the members of the taskforce workstreams, the past few months have left me feeling humbled and grateful to be a part of developing our institution’s Racial Equity Plan. Specifically, in the Students and Participants workstream, we were tasked with addressing the following key questions: “How do we attract more Black and African American students to our educational programs, and how do we ensure everyone can thrive at Harvard Business School?” I admit that at times I felt daunted by the enormity of what we were up against—including centuries of racism in this country—and yet time and again I was buoyed up by the collective commitment of others within my workstream and members of the broader taskforce as we worked toward tangible action steps and change.

As outlined in the Racial Equity Plan in the MBA program, we have committed to expanding our current outreach, programming and partnership efforts focused on communities of color. We have also released additional detail on the racial/ethnic identities of our students in our 2022 Class Profile along with five years of comparable data for recent HBS Classes in the Racial Equity Action Plan.

As an HBS community, we are deeply committed to promoting racial equity both within our institution and—through the leadership of our students and alumni making a difference—in the world.

01 Oct 2020

The 2+2 deferred admission application opens today

Today (October 1) at noon ET the new 2+2 application will be available in our application portal.  We appreciate your patience in waiting for the application to open!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with our 2+2 program, it is a deferred admission process for current students in their final year of study, either in college or full-time master’s degree programs. It is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the regular HBS MBA Program.

The application mirrors the MBA Application but has its own application deadline on April 29, 2021 and a reduced application fee of $100. Check out the 2+2 website for more information on the program, eligibility, and application details.

29 Sep 2020

Round 1 interview invitations

Maybe you are finding, like I am, that time is harder to track in a pandemic. Some days stretch on for what feels like weeks, and some weeks seem to pass as quickly as a day. I remember as an applicant that the time after submitting my application moved very slooooowly—it is hard to wait.

The good news is that the next steps in our application process will unfold next Tuesday, October 6 at noon eastern time. In your application status page, you will hear one of three things:

  • Invite to interview – this is good news!
  • Further consideration – Also positive! This is a small group of strong applicants that we ask to wait with us until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again. More info on this process will be shared with you directly if you receive “further consideration” news.
  • Early release – unfortunately we are not able to move you forward in the process. Our hope is by letting you know this news early on in the process you can move forward with other plans.

As a reminder, we will conduct all interviews virtually this year. You can expect the same fun, engaging conversation with a member of the Admissions Board.

To everyone who has applied—we have been inspired by your stories as we read your applications. Thank you for your interest in HBS. And good luck with just one last week of waiting. 

01 Sep 2020

Class of 2022 Profile

Last week, members of the Class of 2022 began their HBS journeys, and we are thrilled to have them as part of the HBS community. We just updated the Class Profile with information about this stellar group of leaders, and I want to highlight a few elements of it for you.

Over the past 18 months, a group of business schools developed and agreed to establish common standards for reporting admissions statistics. We have been enthusiastic supporters of these standards because we feel they will make it easier for you and other prospective students to compare consistent statistics across programs.

For HBS, the changes you’ll notice in our Class Profile include:

  • International student percentage: Previously we included permanent residents in this number. We are adopting the new standard to have international students include only those without a U.S. passport or permanent residency.
  • U.S. Minority percentage: Previously we showed this as a percent of the entire class. We are adopting the new standard to show U.S. minorities as a percent of domestic students and permanent residents.
  • Class size: We enrolled a smaller class of 732 students this year as a result of the deferral option we offered incoming students as they navigated the onset of the pandemic. The data presented in the Class Profile reflect these 732 enrolled students. Students who deferred will be represented in the Class Profile when they enroll over the next two years.

    As I’ve noted before, we are actively exploring increasing our class size beyond our typical 930 for the next two years, though that has not been approved yet. Please also note that the deferral option extended in 2020 was a one-time exception because of the onset of the pandemic. You should apply in the year you are ready to enroll, as we have reverted to our practice of not offering deferrals outside of personal emergency situations.

Over the summer, students, staff, faculty, and alumni have also been deeply engaged in the Dean’s Anti-Racism Taskforce to better acknowledge the continuing racism in our society—especially against African Americans—and to build an institutional plan to be more proactively anti-racist. A full report and action plan from this HBS Taskforce will be released at the end of September 2020.

  • Race / ethnicity: With this work as a backdrop, we are excited to begin sharing the racial / ethnic identities of our domestic students, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As we explain in the Class Profile, we are reporting race / ethnicity in two ways: according to federal reporting guidelines—which allows each student to be represented in only one racial / ethnic group—and multi-dimensional reporting—to more inclusively share students’ multiple racial / ethnic identities.  

The HBS experience puts students at the center of our dynamic, immersive learning environments. We need perspectives from diverse backgrounds in order to fulfill our mission to educate leaders who will make a difference in the world. We hope learning more about the Class of 2022 will encourage you to consider applying to HBS in the future!

25 Aug 2020

Round 1 Deadline – Two Weeks Away!

For those of you planning to apply to HBS, the deadline is two weeks from today on Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. We have enjoyed meeting many of you over the summer through our virtual events, and we can’t wait to get to know you better through your applications.

Over the past few months we’ve launched an MBA Application Tips Video Series to help break down the application into small, actionable steps. Hopefully these are helpful as you work on an application that is true to you and your journey. Best of luck as you near the finish line!

10 Aug 2020

GMAT and GRE Testing Extension

We understand that many of you applying in Round 1 or Round 2 may be thinking through all the elements you need to submit as part of your MBA application. If you’re like me, you may have laid out some checklists and to-do's for yourself, and taking the GMAT or GRE may be on your list. We too are busy planning for our upcoming admissions cycle and one of the many things we have been watching closely is the availability of the GMAT and GRE.

We continue to accept either the in person or online versions of each of these tests. Even with these options, we understand that some of you do not have access to taking the GMAT and GRE given the extraordinary disruptions of COVID-19. For this reason, this year we are offering a testing extension for individuals who do not have access to the GMAT or GRE to give you additional flexibility as we all try to manage through this public health situation.

If this applies to you (you cannot take the GMAT or GRE due to outside circumstances), you may request an extension that, if approved, will allow you to submit your application without a test score and provide the score as soon as it is available.  The applications must still be received by our Round 1 application deadline (September 8, 2020) or our Round 2 application deadline (January 5, 2021). The Admissions Board will only review your application once we have your test score, so we strongly encourage you to submit scores as soon as you are able. For those with an approved test extension, the last date to submit a GMAT or GRE test score and be considered for the Class of 2023 is June 1, 2021.

Given the number of testing centers that have reopened and the wide availability of online tests, we anticipate the number of approved extension requests will be small. Please request a test extension only if you do not have access to taking the GMAT or GRE as it is currently offered. To learn about the process for requesting a testing extension and to find out if you’re eligible, visit the COVID-19 FAQs.  

Thank you again for all the time and energy you are putting into your application process, especially in these difficult times. We certainly look forward to getting to know you more in the coming months.

28 Jul 2020

Virtual Interviews in the 2020-2021 Application Year

I have said it before—the interview is a highlight of the application process for us. After getting to know you first through your written application, we finally get to have a conversation and learn more about you. Invariably the 30 minutes fly by.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to conduct all of our interviews virtually during the 2020-2021 application year.  We feel this approach best meets potential health and safety concerns while enabling us to get to know you and make admissions decisions.

Rest assured, the interviews will still play the same role in our admissions process. All interviews will continue to be conducted by our Interview Board—a small group of about 25 individuals, who are trained and conduct many interviews per year. For each interview, we prepare as we would for a case discussion—having thoroughly read your application and ready for an interesting and dynamic conversation with you. That will not change in our virtual interview format. 

For many years, we have conducted virtual interviews for candidates who could not travel to one of our hub cities, and this summer we conducted all of our 2+2 interviews virtually. We are confident the interview experience in this upcoming year will be a great one.

We will also be developing ways for you to engage with the HBS community virtually as you go through the admissions process. Best of luck to those of you preparing to submit an application before our Round 1 deadline on September 8, 2020.  We look forward to getting to know you through your application!

23 Jun 2020

2+2 next steps: Interviews and early release

Thank you to everyone who applied to HBS via the 2+2 program. We have enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate you opening up and sharing your personal stories.

Tomorrow, June 24, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, each of you will receive individual news on next steps. 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 and encourage you to reapply in the future.

If you are invited to interview tomorrow, 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 virtually this summer via Skype.

17 Jun 2020

Application for the Class of 2023 now open

We just opened our application for those applying to start at HBS in 2021. Our first application deadline is September 8th at Noon ET and our Round 2 deadline is January 5th at Noon ET.  You can access the application here.

Please feel free to check out a series of application tips I put together that hopefully give you some ideas for your application. Over the next few weeks we’ll also be launching a series of application videos featuring Director of Evaluation Sarah Lucas and me. Follow us on Instagram to learn when they become available!

Now more than ever we need leaders who can make a difference in the world. I hope you will consider applying to HBS. We certainly look forward to getting to know you.

02 Jun 2020

Class of 2022 Deferral Update

As I shared in a post on 27 April 2020, we decided to allow incoming students in the Class of 2022 to defer their offer of enrollment, given the challenges and uncertainties they are facing in this unusual year. In so doing, we recognized that we would likely enroll a smaller class in Fall 2020.

Today, I am writing to share a bit more detail about what we heard back from incoming students and the expected size of the Class of 2022. Here is a message that went out to the HBS community earlier this afternoon.

The deferral window closed yesterday, and we are delighted to let you know that roughly 700 students confirmed they will join us in the fall.  After drawing from our strong wait list, and knowing there may still be some small shifts because of extenuating circumstances, we expect to enroll a class of about 720.

Moreover, the composition of the students who are joining us is similar to those who chose to defer, which means the class will have the diversity we strive for and the critical mass to carry on all of our usual curricular and extracurricular activities. 

We're equally happy to have given the other admitted students an opportunity to matriculate at a time that works better for them.  We look forward to welcoming all of them to the HBS community over the next two years and will explore increasing our class size a bit as they enroll.

Our deep thanks to those admitted to the Class of 2022 for their positivity and patience throughout this process. We are grateful for the sense of partnership that has already formed among incoming students, returning students, faculty and staff as we plan for the upcoming year.

27 May 2020

2+2 Deadline – June 1

Congratulations to all the college seniors out there! I know many of you have already celebrated graduation or it is right around the corner. What a remarkable accomplishment.

Friendly reminder to all those finishing up college that our deadline to apply to HBS through the 2+2 deferred admissions process is on Monday, June 1 at noon Eastern time. We know that this has been a challenging several months, and I’m sorry about the disruptions to your senior year. We hope that moving our 2+2 deadline back by about two months this year was helpful to you. Good luck finalizing your application over the weekend.

We anticipate sending out 2+2 interview invitations on June 24, and we plan to conduct all interviews for this round virtually. Please rest assured that as an Admissions Board, we have experience conducting interviews virtually; the format, length of time, and evaluation process will be the same. We cannot wait to meet you.

We hope that you apply to HBS!

12 May 2020

Class of 2023 Application Dates

Today, I am happy to announce our application dates for next year’s application cycle. To apply for the HBS Class of 2023, we will have two application rounds:

Round 1:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 8th at Noon ET
  • Decision Notification: Thursday, December 10th at Noon ET

Round 2:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 5th at Noon ET
  • Decision Notification: Tuesday, March 30th at Noon ET

We understand that these are difficult times globally and that many of you have been affected personally by the pandemic. Please know that we always review applications holistically and understand that many plans, employment opportunities, and personal situations have been disrupted by COVID-19. Of course we will take this most unusual of times into account as we evaluate your application.

The application will open up again in mid-June 2020, but in the meantime feel free to download our Application Guide to learn more about what’s inside. Amidst all the uncertainty globally, we plan to minimize changes in our application process this year. For now, I can let you know that our one essay prompt will remain, “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?”

Thanks for your interest in HBS, and please be well.

27 Apr 2020

Update on Fall 2020 - And What It Means for those Applying to HBS Next Year

Earlier today, Harvard University announced that it plans to open in the fall. The format of the start is still to be determined—the semester may begin virtually, in person, or as a hybrid—with the clear goal to be in person as soon as it is safe to do so. In any scenario, at HBS we are committed to providing an outstanding experience and have engaged teams of faculty, staff, students, and alumni to develop an extraordinary fall semester inside and outside the classroom.

We believe there are compelling reasons to enroll this fall.  We also realize that the world has changed significantly since our incoming students (the Class of 2022) applied, and understand that the timing may no longer be workable for some. In an effort to be as supportive as possible in this uncertain and trying time, we have extended an opportunity for members of the HBS Class of 2022 to request a 1-2 year deferral of their enrollment.

Depending on how many choose to defer, we will be admitting from our waitlist to balance the Class of 2022. Our learning model depends on bringing together exceptional leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We are steadfast in our commitment to that model, so to sustain it, if we need to enroll a smaller class in August than our typical 930, we may do so. As I mentioned in my 20 March post, we are humbled to have a waitlist with very strong candidates.

We have received questions about whether we will reconsider denied applicants from past rounds or add another round of admission for the Class of 2022. We do not plan to take these steps.

What does this mean for those of you planning to apply to start in the fall of 2021 or fall of 2022? We understand that you may have questions about the number of seats available in these upcoming classes—please know we are working hard to balance doing right by those we have admitted this year and preserving opportunity for you to enroll in the future.

First, we will keep an eye on the number who choose to defer and spread their entry into the MBA program across the next two years.

Second, over the coming months, we will consider with our faculty and with Harvard University the overall class size that HBS may be able to accommodate for the Classes of 2023 and 2024.

Third, our commitment to a robust need-based scholarship program will not change. With the strong support of alumni paying it forward, in recent years HBS has increased need-based scholarships and expanded the overall financial aid portfolio. Despite the financial uncertainty in the world, HBS will continue to support current and future students (both domestic and international). HBS is an investment that pays dividends over a lifetime, and we are as committed as ever to making HBS affordable for all.

The pandemic is teaching us that the world needs leaders who know how to innovate, pivot, listen, manage complex supply chains, support teams, implement change, make decisions with imperfect information, and lead others. I am inspired by how HBS students and alumni are contributing in communities around the globe. I invite you to consider how HBS can help you make a difference in the world and hope that you will choose to apply.

16 Apr 2020

Announcing a Need-Based Fee Waiver for 2+2 Application

Today I am delighted to announce that we are offering a need-based application fee waiver for our 2+2 deferred admission round coming up on June 1.

We know the cost of applying to graduate school does not impact all prospective students the same way, and that the current COVID-19 situation has introduced an additional financial stressor to many college students around the world. We hope that offering this fee waiver to current full-time students with financial need will mean one less thing you have to worry about in these challenging times.

This need-based fee waiver is available to all 2+2 applicants for the 2020 application – both domestic and international. Details on eligibility and process are located within the 2+2 application. As always, we remain steadfast in our commitment to a need-blind admissions process. Your financial circumstances are never a factor in our admissions decision. In addition, if admitted, over $40 million in need-based financial aid is available to help you meet the cost of your degree. We look forward to reading your application and please stay healthy. 

14 Apr 2020

2020 Summer College Programs

In light of the ongoing disruptions from the COVD-19 pandemic and striving to do our part to help slow its spread, we have decided to cancel the in-person versions of Summer Venture in Management Program and Peek Weekend for 2020. These programs for college-age prospective students are designed to help you learn more about how attending business school can help you achieve your long-term career goals and have a positive impact on the people around you. Our faculty, staff, and students love hosting SVMP and Peek and enjoy meeting the prospective students through the programs. We know that this is disappointing news for many, and we are sad too. This is not a decision we made lightly.

In lieu of these in-person events, we are excited to offer virtual events programming in an effort to bring to life some of the SVMP and Peek Weekend experiences. Through these online events, participants will learn more about HBS, interact with HBS faculty and students, and learn more about the value of an MBA. We know this won’t be quite the same as hosting you on campus, but we are working hard with HBS faculty to make these sessions informative, engaging, and fun. Additionally, we look forward to hosting you on campus in the future!

Live sessions will be hosted by MBA Admissions, students, alumni, and HBS faculty. The virtual Peek event will take place June 10 – 12, 2020, and the Virtual Venture in Management will take place June 15 - 19, 2020. There will be no cost to participate in the virtual sessions. If you have wondered about how business school might fit into your future plans, we invite you to learn more by registering for Virtual Peek Experience and Virtual Venture in Management now.  

20 Mar 2020

Reaffirming our commitment to international students

We learned yesterday that the U.S. State Department is “suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide,” according to this press release. Knowing that this news would be unsettling, especially for our international applicants and admitted students, I am writing today.

The mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. In order to fulfill that mission, HBS has a deep commitment to engaging globally, including by admitting students from all over the world into our MBA program. For example, in the MBA Class of 2021, 37% of our students are international students who bring tremendous experience from which all students can learn. In a post three years ago, I wrote about how I benefitted personally from diverse perspectives as an HBS student.

Today I want to reaffirm that HBS MBA Admissions will continue to admit the most talented international and domestic applicants, irrespective of citizenship, as we strive to build a class of leaders who will make a difference in the world.

We hope that the global situation around COVID-19 improves and that the suspension of visa services passes quickly. The Harvard International Office and we in MBA Admissions and Financial Aid will do all that we can to support students through the visa process. Any international admitted student who is unable to start the program due to a visa issue despite their best efforts will be deferred to next year’s MBA class.

Each year, we are humbled to receive applications from many more talented individuals than we have room to admit in the HBS MBA program. The hardest part of our job is turning away many who we know will go on to lives of purpose and impact. While we could keep these applicants on hold, we normally keep a relatively small waitlist for two reasons 1) we understand the anxiety involved with more waiting and 2) in a typical year, we have a pretty good idea about how many spots in the class will open up over the summer. This is not a typical year. In the spirit of transparency, I am sharing that we plan to invite many talented and qualified applicants to stay with us on a larger waitlist.

Our hearts go out to all of you affected, directly or indirectly, by the spread of COVID-19.

18 Mar 2020

2+2 Application Date Changes

Over the past few days, we have heard from many college seniors planning to apply to Harvard Business School through our 2+2 deferred admissions process. The spread of COVID-19 has upended your last year in college: teaching has gone virtual and many of you have moved and had to say goodbye on short notice. We are sincerely sorry about the disruptions to your senior year. 

In addition, we have learned that many of your recommenders are overwhelmed and academic testing centers have closed in many places around the world. In short, we understand that getting your application over the finish line is difficult with everything going on.

Given these extraordinary circumstances, we have decided to move back the dates for our 2+2 deferred admissions round this year to allow you increased flexibility. Instead of April 2, 2020, the 2+2 new application deadline is June 1, 2020 at noon Eastern time. We will release our decisions on July 28, 2020 at noon Eastern time. We hope that these extra two months are helpful to you and allow you to focus on your senior year. 

This was not a decision that we made lightly—we understand that the change will be a disappointment for some who were hoping to have their final decision earlier in the summer. We apologize to those of you for whom this change is an inconvenience. 

Please note that while the situation is still fluid and may change, we do not anticipate shifting the application deadline again. Please submit all your application materials by June 1, 2020 at noon Eastern. We look forward to getting to know you then. 

Thanks for your ongoing understanding. Our very best wishes to you in this tumultuous time. 

11 Mar 2020

COVID-19 admissions update

The situation around COVID-19 has continued to evolve globally.  In an effort to help slow the spread of the virus globally and protect the broader community, Harvard University has released a set of guidelines for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus. Today, I want to share how we are implementing these guidelines for MBA admissions (this is a long post). 

First, our admissions criteria and process remain unchanged. With our mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, we are looking for students who exhibit a habit of leadership, analytical aptitude and appetite, and engaged community citizenship. In short, we want to get to know you and the difference you want to make in the world.

Round 2

For those of you who applied and interviewed with us for Round 2, we plan to release our decisions on 31 March 2020 at noon Eastern time as planned.

Part of the university’s guidance includes prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 people through 30 April 2020. As a result, we will not hold a traditional Admitted Student Welcome (ASW) on campus for Round 2 admitted students. We are working hard on virtual alternatives for you to learn more about the HBS experience and have all of your questions answered before you need to make a decision on our offer. We will have more information about the virtual ASW offerings by 31 March 2020 when we share our offers of admission.

2+2 round

This round for college seniors applying for deferred admission will proceed as planned. The application deadline is 2 April 2020 and we plan to release final decisions on 3 June 2020. As always, please submit your application online. We will continue to offer Skype interviews as needed, and all interviews will be conducted by a member of the MBA Admissions Board.

Editor's note (3/20/20): The deadline for college seniors applying for deferred admission changed to 1 June 2020. We plan to release final decisions on 28 July 2020. Learn more.

Peek Weekend and SVMP

As of now, we are still planning to hold our Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and our Peek Weekend program for college students in June 2020. These programs bring you to campus to stay in HBS residence halls, participate in MBA case studies, and learn more about Harvard Business School. The deadline to apply to either of these programs is 21 April 2020. You can learn more about these programs here.

Campus visits

Starting on 16 March 2020, and given the guidance prohibiting gatherings, we will stop holding our campus tours, information sessions, and in person class visits. We apologize to those who had already made plans to come visit us over the next few months. We love to showcase our campus and especially the case method learning model, so we have a few options for you to do that virtually. Please conduct a virtual campus tour here, check out the case method here, and learn about student life at HBS here.

Global information sessions

This is the time of year when we fan out across the country and the world to meet with prospective students like you in your home cities. The university has restricted travel to help avoid spreading the virus, so we are working diligently to come up with virtual gatherings and ways to connect with you digitally. We plan to tailor these opportunities by geography, industry, and other affinity groups so that you can learn more about what HBS offers for someone with your background and interests. We will be adding these options to our events page in the coming weeks.

Please know that given the fluid nature of COVID-19 situation, with new information coming out daily, the above plans may be extended further into the summer or may change altogether. Please check back here for any updates to these admissions plans. We will also communicate updates to those directly impacted.

We understand that this disruption to our normal slate of admissions activities may be disappointing to some of you. Truth be told, we are sad too. We love the rhythm of traveling out into the world to bring HBS to you, getting to know you through your application and interview, and then celebrating an offer of admission with you during ASW. We hope you understand our desire, and the university’s guidelines, to put your health and safety first. As a global community, we are all trying to manage through a very challenging situation. Thank you for your interest in Harvard Business School and for your patience with us. 

03 Feb 2020

Big day tomorrow

Reminder that tomorrow (February 4) at 12:00 noon ET, we will send out our Round 2 interview invitations, as well as the early release decisions. Thank you for your patience! You can find your decision on your Application Status page. We are grateful to all of you who have applied to HBS.

15 Jan 2020

Round 2 next steps

To those of you who submitted a Round 2 application, thank you. I remember how busy it felt applying to business school while balancing work. I hope you’ve had a chance to rest and relax a bit since you hit submit!

On our end, we are a week into reading your applications and have been enjoying getting to know you better. Here are the next steps in the process, so you know when you’ll hear from us again:

  • Tuesday, February 4, at 12 p.m. eastern time: all Round 2 applications will either be invited to interview or released from the process.
  • Wednesday, February 5th at 10 a.m. eastern time: those invited to interview can sign up for a day/time. We will offer interviews in cities around the world, via Skype, and on campus.

So you still have a few more weeks of waiting as we read, review, and reread your applications. Hopefully knowing the day/time will help keep your mind off of it, as I know the waiting can be hard. Thanks for sticking with us.

23 Dec 2019

Class of 2022—Last Chance to Apply

The Round 2 deadline for the Class of 2022 is two weeks from today (January 6, 2020). Good luck to those of you working through your application between now and then. We look forward to getting to know you.

Harvard University, and our MBA Admissions office, will be closed from December 25 through January 1, 2020. 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 re-opens.

Finally, for those of you considering applying next year, let me suggest that you sign up for a Class Visit (available dates starting in February 2020). Seeing HBS in person and the case method in action is something I recommend as you consider whether or not to apply to Harvard in the future. Can’t make it to Boston? Meet us in a city near you or watch a virtual event.

09 Dec 2019

Round 1 Decisions

Tomorrow we will release the final decisions for Round 1. I know it’s hard to wait, particularly the last 24 hours!

Let me suggest something unconventional: celebrate tonight before you know the outcome. Reflect on the journey you’ve been on and (hopefully) what you’ve learned about yourself. And, please thank someone who has helped you along the way.

A little over half of those we interviewed will receive an offer of admission. As in years past, we will also keep a small waitlist. So tomorrow, you may hear a “yes,” a “no,” or a “please bear with us.” Regardless of your decision, know that we are humbled by how much you have accomplished and by your interest in HBS.

And a special word to those on the waitlist—please know you are a strong candidate and that we appreciate how difficult it is to keep waiting. We will be in regular communication with you.

For those of you considering Round 2, I hope you will apply! The application deadline is four weeks from today—January 6, 2020. With some effort, that is still plenty of time to put a strong application together. Remember that we no longer have a Round 3, so January 6 is the last time to apply to start at HBS in Fall 2020.  Best of luck with the Round 2 applications!

07 Nov 2019


A more personal note from me today. Yesterday, Dean Nitin Nohria, announced he will be stepping down at the end of this academic year after 10 years in the role. I’m grateful to count Dean Nohria as a mentor and a friend—starting when I was a student at HBS, then working in his office as a fellow, and now serving in this role in admissions and financial aid. He is a leader of high competence and high character and has given me much to aspire to on my own leadership journey.

As an admissions team, we are grateful to meet you on your leadership journeys, through your applications and especially in the interviews. In our conversations with you, we are imagining ways that HBS can help you lead and make a difference in the world over the arc of your careers and your lives. Thank you for sharing that with us.

25 Sep 2019

Round 1 next steps: Interviews and early release

Thanks to those of you who have applied to HBS in Round 1. We are humbled by your stories of impact and by your interest in HBS.

On Tuesday, October 1 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, each of you will receive individual news on next steps. There are three possibilities:

  • Invite to interview – this is good news!
  • Further consideration – also positive! This is a small group of strong applicants that we ask to wait with us until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again. More info on this process will be shared with you directly if you receive “further consideration” news.
  • Early release – unfortunately we are not able to move you forward in the process. Our hope is by letting you know this news early on in the process you can move forward with other plans.

If you are invited to interview, you will be able to view the dates, times, and locations we have available for interviews. You won’t be able to sign up for interview slots until the next day, Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

In the past, we sent out interviews in waves in order to better manage the interview sign-up process. We know that was hard to wait through multiple days. So we are doing it altogether this year, and we believe that we have a good process in place to manage the interview sign-ups all at once. But, may I ask for your patience if we need to work through any unanticipated challenges? Thank you!

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

16 May 2019

HBS coming to a city near you

This time of year we spend a lot of time traveling to meet with you and other potential Harvard students in dozens of cities around the world.  We will answer questions you have about the application process, but the best part of these “information sessions” is the chance we have to connect you with local alumni/current students who also attend.  That way you can hear directly from them about the transformational Harvard MBA experience.

You’ll also see that HBS students are, yes, smart and talented, but also very “normal”!  When I was in your shoes, I remember feeling a bit intimidated about applying to HBS. Meeting HBS alumni helped me get over the hump as I realized how down-to-earth the students and alumni are. Rather than feel intimidated, I felt inspired to apply and felt I just might have a chance of being admitted.

While I have you, I do also want to clear up something about HBS outreach events: your registration or attendance at one of these events does not play a role in our evaluation process. The events are entirely meant for you to learn about Harvard and figure out if the MBA here is a good fit with your goals.  Our events are often oversubscribed so we do hope that if you register, you will attend the event or update your attendance if you are unable to make it so that someone else can take the available spot.

So keep an eye on our events website as we are always adding more. Or complete an Introduce Yourself form and we’ll keep you posted.

08 May 2019

Class of 2022 Application Dates

For those of you who will be applying in the next “application year” we’ve set application deadlines for Round 1 (September 4, 2019) and Round 2 (January 6, 2020). The application will open up again in early June 2019, but in the meantime feel free to download our Application Guide to learn more about the requirements. Our one required essay will remain the same for the upcoming year: “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?” (no word limit)

Hopefully this helps those of you who are planners!

05 Apr 2019

2+2 Application Deadline Next Week

Attention college seniors: if you are planning to apply to our 2+2 deferred admission program, the deadline is coming up next Tuesday, April 9 at noon ET. A few things to remember:

  • We look for the same qualities in this admissions process as in the general process: applicants with analytical aptitude and appetite, engaged community citizenship, and a habit of leadership.
  • We invite a subset of those who apply to a 30-minute interview with a member of the Admissions Board. This is a required step for admission.
  • If you are admitted, you can matriculate at Harvard Business School after 2, 3, or 4 years of work experience. It’s a wonderful way to keep your options open as you start your career.
  • If you are not admitted, we hope the application experience is a good one for you nonetheless—especially the reflection and direction it can provide for your career/life goals. Plus you’ll have the GMAT/GRE out of the way should you decide to reapply later. We’ve had many people not admitted to 2+2 who are later admitted to HBS through the regular process.

Looking forward to getting to know you! We hope you apply.

11 Feb 2019

College students – check out HBS!

If you’re currently in college and you’re intrigued by the idea of an MBA in the future, check out two programs we will run on the HBS campus in June:

  • The Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) – June 15-21, 2019 – For rising college seniors, designed to increase opportunity and diversity in business education
  • Peek Weekend – June 21-23, 2019 – For current college sophomores, juniors and seniors, preference is given to students who haven’t yet had exposure to business, but are intrigued by all a Harvard MBA can help you get done in the world

The applications for both programs have just opened and the deadline to apply is April 24, 2019. You can apply to both SVMP and Peek, but if you are admitted to both you will have to select one to attend.

25 Jan 2019

Interview invitations! Drumroll…

We are doing our final reads of your applications, and the first thing to say is, “thank you.” I remember how much heart you pour into an application, and we definitely have felt that as we have gotten to know you. As promised, here are the logistics details for interview invitations.

Jan 28 at noon Eastern time: the “first wave” of interview invitations is available via your Application Status page. This is approximately 2/3 of the total interviews.

Jan 29 (again at noon Eastern time): those invited to interview in the first wave will be able to sign up for an interview slot that works for you. In Round 2 we are interviewing in Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Paris, Bay Area California, and Boston (on campus). The interviews and process are the same no matter where you interview.

Jan 31 (yes, noon Eastern): the “second wave” of interviews goes out via your Application Status page, and you will be able to sign up for interviews right away. We stagger the invitations in two waves to make the interview sign-up process smoother. (And, yes, we open up interview slots that were not available on Jan 29 so that there will be plenty of options on Jan 31).

If you are not invited to interview, you will receive an “early release” decision on Jan 31. That part of the job doesn’t get easier…we’ve come to know you and have a glimpse of what you can accomplish. We certainly wish you all well.

16 Jan 2019

Round 2 Interview Invitations

We are enjoying getting to know those of you who submitted your Round 2 applications. Thank you for applying! Interviews are the next step in the process, so I thought I’d share a bit more about that.

As I think you know, interviews happen with a member of the Admissions Board who has read your application and comes prepared for a friendly and deep conversation about your background. Remember that we are rooting for you!

After holistically reading each application, we invite about 1 in 5 applicants to interview with us. Typically, just over half of those interviewed are admitted.

On January 28 and 31, we will send out our Round 2 invitations to interview. We send them out in two batches to make for a smoother interview sign-up process. I’ll post a bit more about the logistics as we get closer to January 28. For now, sit tight and try to enjoy the next week or two!

21 Dec 2018

Class of 2021 - Last Chance to Apply!

The Round 2 deadline is two weeks from today (January 4, 2019). Good luck to those of you working through your application!

Keep in mind that Harvard University, and our MBA Admissions office, will be closed from December 22 through January 1, 2019. We will be monitoring slatesupport@hbs.edu if you have any technical challenges with the application. We’ll be back in the office on January 2, 2019 so feel free to give us a ring then at +1 617 495-6128 if you have any questions.  

04 Dec 2018

Round 1 Decisions – One Week from Today

Next Tuesday, December 11 at noon eastern time, we will release Round 1 admissions decisions via the Application Status page.

Some of you must be thinking: "Why not today?" I know it’s hard to wait! The truth is that we’re still making the (tough) decisions—using our best judgment to select a talented Class of diverse thinkers. So please hang with us for one more week. For each of you who applied in Round 1—thank you. We feel honored that we had the chance to get to know you over the past few months.

And for those of you considering submitting an application in Round 2, the deadline is one month from today—January 4, 2019. Remember, if you want to be considered for the HBS Class of 2021, January 4 is your last opportunity to apply since we no longer have a Round 3.  We hope you choose to apply! 

20 Nov 2018

The Global Experience at HBS

I’m checking back in as we wrap up the interview process for Round 1 applicants. I’ll say it again: this is my favorite part of the process—after months of getting to know you on paper, we love meeting you in person. 

This round, in addition to interviewing on campus, I traveled to Tokyo and met great candidates in both places. The HBS Japanese Research Center (JRC) in Tokyo hosted me for the interviews and also organized a get together with local alumni and the interviewees. Anytime I travel, I am reminded that the HBS community is truly global. 

The JRC is part of a network of 14 HBS global research offices. The teams in these offices partner with local management teams and HBS faculty to write new cases. About 50% of all the HBS cases written each year are about international leaders and companies. The research offices also act like small embassies for HBS—for example, sourcing great projects for Field Global Immersion, working with students on global internships and job searches, and building community with local alumni.

Matched with a global student body and a global alumni community, the research centers are key to our mission to educate leaders who know how to make a difference in the world.

10 Oct 2018

New 2+2 Cohort

We’ve posted some stats about our most recent 2+2 cohort of 109 students. They were admitted earlier this summer and are settling into their first full-time jobs after their studies. It is an impressive group. 

2+2 is a unique deferred admit program for college seniors that is now in its 10th year—if you’re admitted to this program in your final year of study you have a guaranteed spot at HBS after completing 2, 3, or 4 years of work experience.

You can see that only 8% of applicants were admitted to this program—it is small and competitive, but we like to think of it as a no-lose scenario. If you’re admitted, great! If not, you’ve been through a reflective application process and hopefully learned about yourself and about HBS. You’ll have the GMAT/GRE out of the way too, since they are both good for five years. You can always reapply to HBS in the future, and there’s absolutely no negative—HBS is very re-applicant friendly.

Want to learn more about 2+2? Check out the 2+2 webinars.

28 Sep 2018

Round 1 Interview Invitations - Next Week

As promised, here are a few more details about the interview invitations. The first wave of invitations goes out on Monday (October 1) at noon Eastern time via the Application Status Page. We will send out about 75% of the total Round 1 invitations on Monday. If you’re invited to interview, you will be able to see the interview times and locations we have available, but sign-ups won’t open up until Tuesday (October 2) at noon Eastern. If you’re not invited to interview in the first wave, you won’t hear anything from us or see any updates on your Application Status Page on Monday.

On Thursday (October 4), again at noon Eastern time, we will send out the rest of the interview invitations, and you will be able to sign up for the interview slots right away. (Don’t worry, we hold back plenty of interview spots for the second wave.) The process and the evaluation is the same for all on and off-campus interviews, so please sign up for an interview where it is most convenient for you.

If you aren’t invited to interview, you will hear one of two things from us on Thursday: 1) “Early Release,” which means we are not able to move you forward in the process or 2) “Further Consideration,” which means we’d like to hold on making a final decision and consider your application alongside our Round 2 applications in January. I know it’s hard to wait and you can opt out of that if you choose. There are relatively few “Further Consideration” decisions, so please take it as a very positive sign if you receive this news.

I know that’s a lot of info! Hopefully it helps demystify how things will go next week. Oh, and one last thing: If you are invited to interview, please don’t worry which “wave” your invitation comes in! That’s not an indication of how strong you are as a candidate, but helps us run a smooth sign-up process for interviews conducted around the globe.
26 Sep 2018

On the fence about Round 2?

As you know, we have consolidated our application process to two rounds to make things simpler for applicants and admitted students. That means that the last time to apply for the MBA Class of 2021 (starting in the Fall of 2019) is coming up on January 4, 2019. This is our “Round 2 application deadline.” 

So has anything changing for Round 2? In a word, “no”—same application requirements and steps for you, and the same careful evaluation of each candidate on our end. If anything, we’ll have more room available for Round 2 given that we won’t be holding any spots for Round 3.

It’s definitely not too late to put together a strong application in Round 2! If I did my math correctly, you still have 100 days until January 4. We have no preference on which Round you choose—we want you to apply when you feel most ready and can put your best foot forward. I hope you will choose to apply in Round 2!
18 Sep 2018

Round 1 Update

We are enjoying reading your applications and getting to know you! Thanks to those of you who applied in R1. I remember what it’s like to be in your shoes and know that one of the hardest parts about “waiting” is not knowing how long you’ll be waiting. So, here’s what happens next (and when).

Interview notifications: As you likely know, the next step is an invitation to interview. This is our chance to get to know you in person. We interview roughly 2x the number of people we can eventually admit, and those interview invitations come out in two waves: October 1 and October 4 at noon eastern time.

Early release: If we are not able to invite you to interview, we will let you know on October 4 that you are being “released” from the process. Of course we wish we could move more people forward—our hope is that this earlier timing is helpful to you, even if it’s not the hoped for outcome.

I’ll write a bit more about the specifics as we get closer to October 1. Thank you for your patience! 

05 Sep 2018

2020 Class Profile / 2021 Round 1 Deadline

The Class of 2020 has just kicked off a two-year journey at HBS! After a full year of getting to know each student, we are happy they are all here and now part of the campus community. We just published a profile of the Class of 2020 - Check it out!

As you know today at noon was our Round 1 application deadline for the Class of 2021. To those of you who applied, I remember how much work and reflection goes into putting together an application - and how good it feels to finally hit "submit!" I hope that you find some way to celebrate with a friend or family member. Thank you for applying to HBS. We look forward to getting to know you.
29 Aug 2018

Welcoming the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Class of 2020

Last week, I chatted with a few of our new MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences students on campus. They have just finished up their intensive System Engineering course, and they are enjoying a brief break before the HBS first year courses begin. We’re excited they are here and our newest joint degree has officially started!
We are thrilled with the talent and diversity of backgrounds we have represented in the first cohort. We have people from life sciences, aerospace, e-commerce, software, hardware, robotics, medical devices, fin tech, cybersecurity and military. To give you more of a flavor of this first cohort, check out several MS/MBA student profiles at harvardms.mba or this blog post.
If you aspire to a tech leadership role, we encourage you to learn more about Harvard’s 2 year MS/MBA program.
21 Aug 2018

Resume / CV - App Tips Series

The last element of the application for us to chat about is your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Your resume gives us an at-a-glance overview of your experience to date. As we get to know you, the resume helps us situate the various elements of your application and helps us see the journey you’re on as a leader. 

If you run out of room in other parts of the application, for instance in talking about awards or extracurricular activities, feel free to include those on your resume. There is no specific format or template preferred. (Really!) Be as clear and simple as you can, including dates and locations. More than one page is typically not necessary.

This is the last post in this series. My goal has been to demystify the written application process and share some practical tips. Hopefully at least one of these posts has been helpful to you.

We are deeply interested in getting to know you—everything in our process is meant to help us imagine you at Harvard Business School. So, please tell us your personal story in your voice through all the elements of the written application. We can’t wait to meet you!

Read the full Application Tips Series

06 Aug 2018

Tests and Transcripts - App Tips Series

Thanks to those of you who are sticking with me for this application tips series. Today we are talking about standardized tests (GMAT, GRE) and transcripts.

One of the biggest misconceptions about applying to HBS is that admissions decisions are based largely on your GMAT or GRE score. That is not how it works. We consider every element of your application to get to know you as a whole person, and we know that you are more than a standardized test score!

So why do we require a standardized test at all? In the case method at HBS, students think on their feet, debate with classmates, and analyze complex situations. The classroom is very engaging and fast-paced, and I think you’ll love it. A standardized test gives us one indication of your verbal and quantitative agility—important for thriving in the HBS MBA program and the case method.

We are agnostic about the GMAT or the GRE—really. (Really!) Take whichever one suits you best. In the admitted Class of 2019, 12% of students submitted the GRE. In the incoming Class of 2020, 14% of students submitted the GRE.

You can see from the Class Profile that we admit students with a wide range of standardized test scores. While a higher score will never hurt you, it’s not a guarantee to be admitted either. And some of the admitted students who have the biggest impact while at HBS and beyond didn’t have the highest test scores. We’re looking to craft a Class of diverse thinkers and leaders who will make a difference in the world, and that goes well beyond a test score. We always keep that in mind as we get to know you through the whole application and make our decisions.

To get at academic readiness, we also look to your transcripts, GPA, letters of recommendation, and the rigor of your work experience. The transcripts should be one of the easiest parts of the application since your undergrad degree is already behind you by the time you apply. Just upload your unofficial transcript (no need to convert or translate anything), and we’ll take it from there. We look through your classes, major(s), grades, and your journey through your degree(s).

In conclusion, let me just reiterate that test scores and transcripts are two important parts of the application but they are not more important than any other element. I hope this post is helpful to you!

Read the full Application Tips Series.

27 Jul 2018

Recommendations - App Tips Series

We get a lot of specific questions about the letters of recommendation, so let me try this post Q&A style.

What questions will you ask my recommender about me?
  1. How do the candidate's performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Ask people who know you well in a work context. In most cases, one of the two should be your direct supervisor. The other can be someone you’ve worked with in the past or you are working with in a different capacity now. Depending on where you’re working, you can also consider a client, an investor or someone from a partner organization. Recs from professors are typically not as helpful in our process unless you’ve worked with them in a significant way.

It is a good idea to think about how the two recommendations can complement one another by drawing on different examples or aspects of your background. 

What if I am not telling my employer that I am applying to business school?
We understand, and we do not want your situation at work (promotions, bonus, etc.) to be negatively affected. If you’re in this situation you can ask someone from a prior job, or someone that you work with outside of your organization to write for you. 

Does it matter if my recommender is an alumna/alumnus of HBS? How important is her/his title?
We get this question all the time, and you should always choose people who know you well over someone who may be an HBS alum or have a big title. Remember, we are trying to get to know YOU, not your recommender. 

What are the logistics?
You will fill out your recommenders’ names and email addresses within the application. This will prompt the system to send the online form to them directly. They will submit their recommendations separately from you, and it is your responsibility to follow-up to ensure they are submitted on time.

What guidance (if any) should I give my recommender?
It is fine to share with your recommenders drafts of your application and essay and discuss with them areas where you think their perspective can help round out your story.

It is NOT ok to draft letters of recommendation or any portion of them for your recommender.

Can I send in additional letters of recommendation or support?
No. And please don’t encourage people to write in on your behalf. It is not helpful. Throughout the entire application process, we aim to be as thoughtful, fair, and consistent as possible. We review two letters of recommendation for each applicant.

What makes for a great recommendation? 
Rather than general platitudes, the best recommendations provide specific examples. That helps us understand the impact you have had and how you get things done. How are the people and the places in your world better because you were there? And, just as important, recommenders should be forthright about the feedback they’ve shared—we are all working on getting better at something and your recommenders’ perspectives on your growth help us understand your journey and your potential.

Phew! That was a lot to cover. Now that you have the ins and outs, don’t forget to ask your recommenders in plenty of time.

20 Jul 2018

Essay - App Tips Series

Let me start by reminding you of the prompt:

“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?”

The first thing you should know about the essay is that we consider all the elements of the application to get to know you and never look at just one piece by itself. The essay isn’t more or less important than other elements of the application. If you’ve been stressed about the essay, hopefully this releases a little anxiety.

Two of the most important words in the prompt are: “what more?”  The most helpful essays build on the rest of the written application or share new information. It’s hard to say “what more” you’d like us to know if you haven’t already filled out the rest of the application (or at least thought about what you’d like to say). The essay should help you bring all the aspects of your application together.

We’ve had the same prompt for a few years now, and we like the freedom it gives you. Students who are currently at HBS have taken many (many!) different approaches to this essay and were successful in the application process. There are too many approaches to list, and if I started giving a few examples, you may feel like you had to take one of those approaches. You don’t.

Instead let me share some approaches that are NOT particularly helpful to your application:

  • Essays that are basically a paragraph version of your resume: This is surprisingly common: I went to college X then decided to take job Y and that led me to job Z, and now I’m applying to HBS. There’s nothing “wrong” with this essay per se; it just doesn’t add much to your application because we already know all of that from the other elements of your application. Of course you can build on things that are raised in other parts of the application—just make sure it’s additive.
  • Essays that are too long: I wish I could give you a general rule that essays over X words are too long, but sometimes you need more space to bring things together. And that’s the reason there’s no word limit. Use your best judgment, and try to be clear and concise in your writing. What do we need to know to understand you that hasn’t been addressed elsewhere? (And what don’t we need to know?)
  • Essays that aren’t about you: I know this sounds obvious. I like the advice I heard an HBS alum give recently: After you’ve written your essay, ask yourself, “Could this essay also describe someone else?” If so, it probably isn’t personal enough to add to your overall application, and you likely need to do some more introspection. For example, we occasionally receive essays that talk at great length about HBS or an element of the program like the case method, but only share a tiny bit about the person themselves. That’s a missed opportunity to bring us into your world, your decisions, your motivations or your formative experiences.

Final thought: I know from personal experience it’s tempting to write, rewrite and rewrite again. Be careful in all that polishing that you don’t “shine away” your personality. And, remember, the essay is just one element that we consider in the context of the overall application. Good luck!

Read the full Application Tips Series.

13 Jul 2018

Employment History - App Tips Series

I am starting with the Employment section because I think there’s a temptation to just “go through the motions” in this part of the app—maybe because it feels similar to your resume? If you do that, you’re missing an opportunity to bring us into your world. In addition to dates and titles for your most recent three jobs, we give you five open text boxes: 

-Your Role and Responsibilities
-Company/Organization Description
-Reason for Leaving [for a new role]
-Key Accomplishments
-Most Significant Challenge

You only have 250 characters for each box, but you would be surprised how much you can express in that space.

In your own words (rather than the description in your HR job posting) what is your job? In describing Your Role and Responsibilities, what has stood out as critical to you as well as to your company?

In describing your Company/Organization, keep in mind that while we are familiar with many companies around the world, we may not know much about your division or your team. If you work at a startup or your family business, giving us details beyond what is available online is also very helpful.

As for your Reason for Leaving, this can be simple and straightforward and hopefully gives you a chance to reflect on the “why” of a key transition in your work life.

In the Key Accomplishments box, think back on your time at this company—what achievement has been most meaningful to you? Try to be as specific and as honest as possible. The same goes for your Most Significant Challenge.  

The employment history section ought to be one of the more self-reflective parts of the application as you step back and take stock of your journey so far. Don’t be afraid to show a little personality in your responses! This employment section really helps us get to know you and is often a good jumping off point for the interview stage of the process.

Hopefully this is helpful to you. If you haven’t started your application yet, I encourage you to start one now. I’ll share some thoughts about the essay next week!

09 Jul 2018

Application Tips Series

When July hits, I know from personal experience, that applying starts to feel “real” when you are planning to apply to HBS in Round 1. In addition to events and webinars, I thought a simple “Application Tips” series might be helpful to you. Hopefully, you agree!

Each week, I’ll write a few paragraphs about one element of the written application—e.g. suggestions on how to approach it, where people may get hung up, misconceptions, etc. My goal is to demystify the written application and give you some simple, practical suggestions for putting together your story. I’ll start with a post later this week about the “Employment History” section of the application. Here’s a tentative plan:

1: Employment History 
2: Essay 
3: Recommendations 
4: Standardized Tests / Transcripts 
5: Awards / Extracurriculars 
6: Resume

Before continuing with the series, let me share with you my only hesitation: that you will try to follow my suggestions too closely. The written app is for you to introduce yourself—we designed a lot of “space” in the app for you to tell your story. If you’re following a rote/cookie-cutter approach we won’t be able to get to know you. So, promise you won’t do that?

We will also be posting the tips on our Instagram page. So feel free to follow us @hbsadmissions.

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.
30 Mar 2018

Round 3

Monday, April 2 is the Round 3 application deadline! Remember to submit all the application materials by noon eastern time, and remind your recommenders to submit your recommendations by the same time as well. Given the tight turnaround time on Round 3, we start reading right away and need a full application in order to consider you.

(We get that you have limited control over your recommenders and will allow recommendations to come in for a little while after the noon deadline, but don’t tell your recommenders this! It is still your responsibility to make sure everything is in on time.)

As I mentioned, things move quickly in Round 3. We anticipate sharing interview invitations (or “early release”) on April 11.

To those of you finishing up applications over the weekend, good luck with the final push! If you run into any challenges, here’s how to get in touch with us:

  • By phone: +1 617 495 6128 March 30 (today) until 5pm Eastern and then starting at 8am Eastern on April 2
  • By email: slatesupport@hbs.edu we’ll be monitoring this throughout the weekend and answer any urgent questions (any non-urgent questions will be answered next week)
20 Mar 2018

Round 2 Decisions + Upcoming Deadlines

I know I don’t have to remind you that tomorrow’s the day we release admissions decisions. You will find them at noon eastern on your Application Status page. I know it’s hard to wait the last 24 hours. Best of luck and thank you for letting us get to know you.
For those considering applying to Harvard Business School in the future, there are a few upcoming application deadlines to keep straight:

• April 2 – Round 3 - this is the last time to apply for the Class of 2020
• April 10 – 2+2 - deferred admissions
• April 18 – Peek Weekend
• May 1 – Summer Venture in Management Program
31 Jan 2018

Introducing the Global Opportunity Fellowship (GO:Africa)

Congratulations to all who received interview invitations yesterday for Round 2. We look forward to meeting you in cities around the world, as well as here in Boston.

We have a big announcement today: Thanks to the generosity of HBS alumni, we are honored to pilot a new fellowship for students graduating from HBS. We’re calling it the Global Opportunity Fellowship, or GO: Africa. The new fellowship will provide generous financial support to students who want to make a difference working on the continent after HBS, by supplementing the salaries they earn on the continent for the first five years after graduation. You can learn more about GO: Africa here and here.
25 Jan 2018

Wave 1: Invitations have gone out!

At noon today, we sent out our first wave of interview invitations via email and on behalf of the entire Admissions Board, I wanted to say that we can’t WAIT to meet you!

You have the opportunity to shine in the interview process. We want to get to know you beyond what we can learn on paper. The best advice I can give is to be yourself. Each person who comes in to interview has a different experience and background. Bring your individual perspective, your voice, to the table.

If you received an interview invitation, the interview scheduler doesn’t open until tomorrow, January 26 at 12:00 noon EST, so that you have some time to think about where and when you would like to meet with us. Just remember that interview slots and locations will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Next Tuesday, January 30, the remaining one third of our interview notifications will go out. I'll write again on Monday with more details about that.

16 Jan 2018

Round 2 Interviews

Congrats to those of you who submitted your application in Round 2! Hopefully you were able to spend quality time with friends and family after submitting. We have been busy reading and getting to know you ever since.

We will send two waves of interview invitations: January 25 and January 30. I know it’s tough to wait that additional few days, but we do need the time to finalize interview invitations. Here is what to expect on January 25 and 30:

• Jan 25: you may receive a message inviting you to interview, or you will hear nothing.
• Jan 30: you will either receive an invitation to interview or a "release" notification, letting you know we can’t move you forward in our process.
• These notifications will be shared with you at 12:00 noon eastern time on your Application Status page.

We hold interviews throughout the month of February in locations around the world. In addition to on-campus interviews in Boston, we will interview in the Bay Area CA, Dubai, London, Mumbai, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. If none of those locations works for you, we may be able to conduct your interview via Skype. Wherever you interview, you’ll meet a member of the Admissions Board and have the same odds of being accepted.

We can’t wait to meet you.

18 Dec 2017

Class of 2020 Round 2 Deadline Day

Congrats again to those admitted to the Class of 2020 in Round 1! Our next application deadline is just a few weeks away on January 3 at 12:00 noon eastern time. Round 2 is a great time to apply! (And if you want to be part of our inaugural MS/MBA joint degree cohort, this is the last time to apply.)

Historically the vast majority of applications come in the ~24 hours before a deadline. We get it—and we won’t start reading any applications until after the deadline has passed. Just be sure to coordinate with your recommenders ahead of time so that all your application materials are submitted on time.

We do have an admissions Q&A webinar coming up on December 20 at 4pm eastern time. Keep in mind that HBS is closed from December 22 through January 1. During that time, there will be limited technical support available at slatesupport@hbs.edu. We’re back in the office at 8:30am on January 2 for any last minute questions you may have: 617-495-6128 or admissions@hbs.edu.

Good luck to those of you working on Round 2 applications. We look forward to getting to know you.

28 Nov 2017

Countdown to December 12

Just two weeks from today, we will release Round 1 admissions decisions via the Application Status page. Just log-in at noon eastern time on December 12. In the meantime, try not to think about it! (I know, easier said than done).

I promise we are not making you wait, just to wait. We are diligently going over each entire application (yes, including your post-interview reflections) as we work to shape an outstanding Class of diverse perspectives.

One last thing: keep in mind that if you are admitted, you won’t hear about financial aid yet. Admission to HBS is based on merit, but financial aid is based on need. So there is a separate (easy) process after you are admitted to apply for aid. Many are surprised to know that ~50% of HBS students receive financial fellowships that do not have to be paid back—and the average two-year fellowship is over $70K. So there is a lot of support! More details are here on our new Financial Aid website.

15 Nov 2017


Next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. To those who have been part of Round 1, thank you not just for your interest in HBS - thank you for how generous you’ve been throughout the admissions process.

During on campus interview days, we have the opportunity to gather interviewees together for a lunch Q&A session. Those sessions have an interesting mix of emotions since half the room has completed the interview (they’re relieved) and half has not (they’re still anxious). What’s been heartening is to hear how encouraging and helpful the relieved crowd has been to their fellow interviewees. I also saw this play out in Brazil a few weeks ago among interviewees—and have heard from my colleagues around the world: you’re enjoying the interaction with one another and you’re hoping and helping all show their best selves in the interview.

Generosity is something we like to see. Our learning model depends on students who can give and receive, teach and learn, lead and be led. Given that most students live on campus, generosity is also a foundation for the HBS community—and for a lifetime of leadership.

So, thank you for how generous you’ve been in sharing your experiences, your dreams, and yourselves with us. And thanks for being generous with one another.

I’ll post again in about two weeks regarding specifics for Notification Day on December 12. And for those of you working on Round 2 applications, we can’t wait to meet you, too. Please reach out at +1 617-495-6128 or admissions@hbs.edu if we can be of any help.

05 Oct 2017

Round 1 Final Interview Notifications

Good morning! All remaining Round 1 decisions (interview invite, early release, further consideration) will be shared today at 12 noon eastern time. To access your decision, log in to your application and view your Status Update.

For those invited to interview, the sign-ups will be immediately available. And don't worry, we have managed the interview slots so there are plenty of options available today. While availability in our hub cities is typically more limited, we always have spots on campus. There is no advantage/difference to one location over another.

To those who are “released” today, I know this is hard news. As we’ve gotten to know you, of course we wish we could move more of you forward in the process. Thank you for what you have shared with us and for your interest in HBS.

02 Oct 2017

R1 Interview Invitations

Quick note: As promised, interview invitations will start going out today.

Approximately 2/3 of the Round 1 interview invitations will go out at approximately noon Eastern time today via email, with interview slots opening for registration Tuesday, October 3. The remaining 1/3 will go out on Thursday, October 5, along with the “further consideration” or “early release” decisions. So if you don’t hear anything today, please stick with us until Thursday!

20 Sep 2017

Round 1: Next Steps

For those of you who applied in Round 1, didn’t it feel good to hit the “submit” button? I distinctly remember that feeling—the culmination of some serious self-reflection and work. We don’t take that for granted and thank you for applying to HBS. On our end, every application is read in its entirety by two separate members of the Admissions Board. We’re trying to get to know you holistically.

What’s next? Interview invitations will go out on October 2 and October 5. We do it in two batches to spread out the traffic on the interview sign-up pages. On October 2, you may receive a message inviting you to interview, or you will hear nothing. On October 5, you will hear one of three things from us: 1) invitation to interview 2) "release" or 3) "further consideration." By "releasing" those of you who we cannot move forward in the process, rather than waiting until December to let you know—we hope to give you time to explore other potential options. For group 3), we would like to "further consider" your applications in Round 2, and more details will be shared directly about next steps.

Interviews are my favorite part of the process because we finally get to meet you in person. Interviews will occur between mid-October and mid-November. In addition to on-campus interviews, we also conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Bay Area CA, London, and Paris. Where you interview does NOT affect your likelihood to be accepted (all interviews globally are conducted only by members of the Admissions Board). Choose what’s most convenient for you, and if you aren’t able to travel, we will work something out via Skype.

So, we’ll be back in touch in about two weeks!

29 Aug 2017

Class of 2019 + GRE Scores

Yesterday was the first day for the Class of 2019—a truly impressive group of leaders—and we’ve updated the Class Profile here.

For the first time, we’ve published data about the GRE test—12% of the HBS Class of 2019 submitted GRE scores as part of their application; the remaining 88% submitted GMAT scores. I thought this would be a good chance to review how we think about standardized test scores. Here goes:

Test scores help us determine your preparation for an academically rigorous program, but we never look at them in isolation. 
Transcripts, work experience, recommenders, essay, interview—and everything else in our process—come together as we make admissions decisions.

The GRE and GMAT are different tests, and we are truly indifferent about which one you submit. 
Really. We are familiar with each test. Choose the one that allows you to best show your strengths, then move on to other parts of your application. 

We know you’re much more than a test score.
The whole application and interview process are designed to help us get to know you. We’re trying to imagine what you would contribute in the HBS classroom and community. As I’ve written about before, our learning model depends on a wide range of talent and perspectives in each Class—and we know that not all that talent is measurable in a test.

24 Aug 2017

Countdown to Round 1 & Class Visits

Students from the Class of 2019 are moving in this weekend, and that means Round 1 for Class of 2020 is just around the corner. I’ll post the final Class of 2019 Profile next week.

As you look ahead to September 6, keep a few things in mind:

  • We won’t read any applications until after the noon EST deadline. (So, there’s no advantage to submitting earlier.)
  • Your recommendations are also due at noon EST on September 6. But, we get it…and we keep the access open for recommenders for a few more days.
  • We’ll update you on interview plans in a few weeks.

For those of you applying in a later round or year, class visits are now open. Come see the case method in action! 

01 Aug 2017

Application Advice

Hard to believe August is here. I hope you’ve had a great few months. We’ve been on the road meeting many of you in cities all over the world, and we love it. For those of you applying in Round 1, good luck as you pull things together ahead of the September 6 deadline.

Can I offer you two words of advice? Be genuine. 

I know you’ve heard this before. Let me explain what I mean: I felt a need when I was in your shoes to write, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit…you get the picture. In doing so, there was a temptation to “gloss over” what I thought would be the weaker parts of my application and to portray everything in the most positive light.

Yes, we want you to put your best foot forward, but be careful not to be so “polished” that we can’t get to know the real you. 

It’s OK to mention setbacks or regrets as well as lessons learned and personal triumphs. And it’s OK to be conversational as you write! Just be genuine so we can get to know the real you. Since we are crafting a Class, that’s your best strategy for moving on to the interview stage.

18 Jul 2017

Financial Aid: Introducing the Forward Fellowship

I’m honored to announce a new fellowship opportunity for students coming to HBS. The Forward Fellowship will help support students from lower-income backgrounds—and let us better recognize how far they’ve come.  

We remain committed to merit-based admissions and need-based financial aid because we need diversity of thought, experiences, and backgrounds in our classes to make our learning model work.  

Students selected for the Forward Fellowship are eligible for awards ranging from $10,000–20,000 per year, above and beyond any HBS Need-Based Fellowships they receive. You can learn more about the Forward Fellowship here and in this blog post from Taniel Chan, a recent alumnus. 

13 Jun 2017

MS/MBA – Big news!

Beginning in August of 2018, HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will offer a new joint master's degree program.

The application is live now! We expect the first cohort to be ~30 students.

To learn more, visit the MS/MBA website. I would also recommend checking out the MBA Voices Blog to hear why recent graduate Damjan Korac would have applied to the program. 

08 Jun 2017

Class of 2019 – Preliminary Profile

Here’s a preliminary look at the incoming Class. So hard to capture the talent and diversity of perspectives in this group. They are amazing!

We’ll post a final look at the matriculating Class in late August.

01 Jun 2017

Ready for 2020!

I’m happy to report that the application for the Class of 2020 is now live.

The application submission deadlines are:

MBA Class of 2020 Applicants
Round 1: September 6, 2017
Round 2: January 3, 2018
Round 3: April 2, 2018

2+2 Applicants
April 10, 2018

I’m also delighted to announce that HBS will now waive the $250 application fee for all active duty military applicants. You can read more about that update here.

The Admissions team will be traveling all over the world this summer to meet with you and chat about the MBA program. Please take a look at our Events page and fill out a “Getting Started” profile to be notified when we’re in your area. 

Hope to see you soon!

18 May 2017

Looking Ahead

The last week has been eventful in Dillon House—we sent out notifications to our regular admissions applicants and to our 2+2 applicants.

To all of you who applied—thank you. I hope you got some value out of the process in better understanding yourself and in clarifying the goals you have for the future. We certainly understand it is a lot of work to apply. So thank you. 

Now, we need to start looking ahead to the Class of 2020! Here are the application submission deadlines: 

• Round 1: September 6, 2017

• Round 2: January 3, 2018

• Round 3 / 2+2: TBD (sometime in early April)

The essay question will remain 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?”

We’ll open up the new application in early June. Good luck!

28 Apr 2017

Thoughts on Financial Aid

Last night I had the privilege of attending the 17th annual “Fellowship Dinner” at HBS. The dinner is for current students who have received need-based aid to study at HBS and the donors who make it possible. It was an impactful evening (!) and it drove home a few points for me about how financial aid works at HBS that I thought I’d share:

1. SCALE IMPACT:  There were hundreds of students and donors in attendance. I intellectually know that 50% of all HBS students receive an average fellowship of $74,000 over the two years (money that doesn’t need to be paid back). But seeing everyone together—filling up three basketball courts in the HBS gym (Shad Hall)—I was struck by how many people’s lives are impacted for good.

2. PERSONAL IMPACT:  But with that “scale” the way aid works at HBS is very individual and personal. See, when alumni give, their money is not just put in a big pot and divvied up among students with need. Nor are fellowships a behind-the-scenes way of discounting tuition for some students. The funds are real money from real people, and each donor’s contribution goes to a specific student. At the Fellowship Dinner, those giving and those receiving sit next to one another, and students are able to personally thank their benefactors. At my table last night, I saw great conversations, genuine heartfelt gratitude, and budding mentor relationships take hold. It was moving.

3. LIFETIME IMPACT: Finally, I was amazed that 150+ alumni donors and guests were present. These are busy people with busy lives all over the world. But here they are on campus to support these students. Many were fellowship recipients themselves as HBS students and feel an enduring connection to the School. 

More info about Financial Aid can be found on our website and in this webinar.

07 Apr 2017

Round 3 Dates

It’s official – the Class of 2019 application cycle is now closed!  We are already immersed in reading and enjoying getting to know you through your applications. Round 3 goes quickly, so let me lay out the dates for you.

Interview invitations and “early release”
•Regular MBA applicants: Wednesday, April 12 (at noon EST)

• 2+2 applicants: Wednesday, April 19th (at noon EST)

Note that if we are unable to invite you to interview, you will receive an “early release” notification on the same day so you can move forward with other plans.

Interview locations / dates
• Regular MBA applicants: We will host on campus interviews on Friday, April 28. Hub city interviews will be available in London (April 28-30), New York City (April 28), and Menlo Park, CA (April 24 and May 2). Skype as needed/requested. 

• 2+2 applicants: We will hold on campus interviews on Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8. Hub city interviews will be available in London (April 28-30) and Menlo Park, CA (April 27 and May 4). Skype as needed/requested.

Remember that where you choose to interview does not affect our evaluation. It is the same trained members of the Admissions Board conducting the interviews in all locations.

Decision notification
• Regular MBA applicants: Wednesday, May 10 (at noon EST)

• 2+2 applicants: Wednesday, May 17 (at noon EST)

Phew! That was a lot for one post, but hopefully it’s helpful to have all the upcoming dates in one place.

29 Mar 2017

Last Minute Round 3 Questions

We’re only days away from the Round 3 deadline--and the end of our Class of 2019 application cycle. I know you know the deadline to submit is Monday, April 3 at noon Boston time. (Yes, we will keep things open for a bit afterward to catch all applications in the process of being submitted…but, it is your responsibility to get it in on time.) 

Last minute questions will inevitably come up, and we’re here for you. If you are stuck, give us a call or send us an email. In addition to our normal days and hours, we will be on the phones and on email over the weekend from 12-4 p.m. (again, Boston time) on both Saturday and Sunday if you need us.

We can’t wait to read your applications!

13 Mar 2017

Round 3

We wrapped up Round 2 interviews last week. What a pleasure to finally get to know you in person (or via Skype) and to learn from you. We are in the midst of the (tough) final decisions and will be back in touch soon – March 22 at noon Eastern Time via the online application system.

But, a break from Round 2 decisions to connect with all of you thinking about applying in Round 3 (deadline is April 3). A few thoughts:

2+2 deferred admissions applicants: If you’re a college senior thinking about 2+2, I’d encourage you to apply! The 2+2 program is small (and, yes, competitive). But, if you are not admitted now, you can get a few years of experience and apply again. There is (absolutely) no stigma attached to this, and many have been admitted to HBS through this path. If you are admitted through 2+2, you have the wonderful certainty of HBS in your future 2-4 years from now. Also, remember there is a reduced application fee for 2+2 applications.

Class of 2019 applicants: For those of you who want to be at HBS in the Fall of 2017, we’d love for you to apply! Yes, it’s true that many seats are filled in Rounds 1 and 2, but there are also fewer applicants in Round 3. We always admit some great candidates in Round 3. Are Round 3 admits eligible for financial aid? Absolutely! The same generous need-based financial aid is available to all admits. Please do keep in mind, however, if you are an international student, being admitted in Round 3 gives you less time for visa processing.

Hope this helps. Don’t forget we have two Q&A webinars coming up on March 20 and March 27 to help you answer any last minute questions.

08 Feb 2017

HBS Mission, the Case Method, and Diverse Perspectives

I feel fortunate to be affiliated with an institution with such a strong sense of mission. The HBS mission—to educate leaders who make a difference in the world—is at the core of all we do. It influences how we teach, how we learn, how we build community, and how we support one another. 

For the admissions team, the mission keeps us focused on crafting an exceptional class of leaders each year from across the entire world. We welcome applications from all people, everywhere, who share a passion for learning and making a difference in the world.

This past week, I had the great pleasure of spending two days with our Round 1 admits during Admitted Students Welcome. This gave me time to reflect, again, on the power of bringing together a smart, diverse, and motivated group of leaders in a learning community. 

This is especially true at HBS since the case method thrives on diverse perspectives. Easy answers are hard to come by in the real world, so the case method and the broader learning model at HBS are designed to help you develop good judgment. Let me explain.

Over the course of two years at HBS you put yourself in the shoes of hundreds of different business leaders facing big decisions. You debate with your classmates the best course of action, and you won’t always agree. But, you learn to listen, to respectfully make counterpoints, and to understand where someone else is coming from. Your professors expertly guide the conversation toward key insights, but much of the learning comes from your peers. The case method works because students bring different perspectives to the classroom every day -- perspectives shaped by their individual experiences, upbringings, world views, and aspirations.

When I was a student, the most meaningful case discussions were the ones where I came in with a strong opinion about what the case protagonist should do, then walked out of the debate having totally changed my mind. Over the course of two years my classmates molded me into a better communicator, a person with more empathy, and a leader with better judgment. (Although I still have a lot to learn!)

So this post is a (long-winded) way of reaffirming our commitment to assembling a class of remarkable leaders who will make a difference in the world, wherever they come from. The recent U.S. executive order restricting travel to America for citizens from certain countries does not change this, nor are we changing our admissions policy or practices as a result. 

While we have limited influence on visa and residency decisions by the government, we will do our best to make it possible for each admitted student to attend HBS (and we are working with our colleagues across Harvard University to ensure that the consequences of the order, as it is being evaluated by the judicial system, are understood). The case method, our community, and the HBS mission depend on it.

30 Jan 2017

Final Round 2 Interview Invitations

OK, we’re dotting i's and cross t’s and preparing to send out the final interview invitations on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at noon Eastern. For this wave of interviews, the online interview scheduler will go live immediately (not the day after). Don’t worry about which wave your invitation came in—we are equally excited about all our interview invitations!

On Wednesday we will also send out our “release” notifications to anyone who we cannot invite to interview. These are tough for us too…let me just plant this seed as you think about things over the next few months: If you do decide to reapply in a future year, remember that HBS IS A REAPPLICANT FRIENDLY SCHOOL. About 10% of each class is composed of students who didn’t get into HBS on their first try. Check out Ryan Hansen’s reapplication story here.

23 Jan 2017

Round 2 Interview Invitations

Good morning! We have had a busy few weeks, and we’re gearing up to send out our first wave of Round 2 interview invitations on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at noon Eastern. Remember, this is only a portion of the interview invites; the second (and final) wave will be distributed on Feb. 1.

The online interview scheduler will go live the day AFTER interview invitations go out, so you have time to think about dates/times/locations that work for you. 

And, a reminder, we love to welcome you on campus for interviews, but your odds of acceptance are the same if you interview in a Global Hub city, via Skype, or on campus. All interviews everywhere are conducted by members of the Admissions Board.

I know waiting is tough, but please don’t send in any additional information at this point. We consider your application complete once you hit submit. 

09 Jan 2017

Round 2 Applicants: What's Next?

Congratulations to all of you who submitted your applications in last week’s Round 2! Didn’t it feel good to hit the “submit” button? We had a beautiful snowfall here in Boston over the weekend, so you can imagine us, sitting by the fireplace with some hot chocolate, getting to know you.

A few Round 2 items to update you on:

• Interview invitations will go out in two waves: January 25 and Feb 1. As before, try not to worry about which day you receive an invitation to interview. It’s an administrative step for us to make sure everything goes smoothly with the interview invitations and sign-ups. Interviews will be held from February 3 – March 6. 

• In addition to on-campus interviews in Boston, we will be interviewing in Dubai, London, Menlo Park, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. No matter where you interview, a member of the Admissions Board will conduct your interview and the process and evaluation will be the same. If you do decide to come to campus to interview, you’ll also have a chance (if you want) to sit in on a class, meet fellow applicants, current students and faculty members.

And now, back to that hot chocolate…

03 Jan 2017

Countdown to Round 2

Happy New Year from HBS! With only 24 hours until the Round 2 deadline the Admissions team is ramping up and getting ready to read your applications.

A few things to keep in mind:

The Round 2 deadline is tomorrow at 12pm EST. 

We are available by phone and email if you have any questions or concerns.

Phone: +1.617.495.6128 
Email: admissions@hbs.edu
Technical Assistance: slatesupport@hbs.edu 

Notification day for Round 2 is Wednesday, March 22nd

Please submit your application as early as you are able, but rest assured that we will keep the application open after 12pm EST to receive all the applications that are in the process of being submitted.

We always get questions about late letters of recommendation. Just between you and me (don’t tell your procrastinating recommender), we will continue to accept recommendations all this week. Remember, it’s ultimately on you to make sure both letters are submitted.

I’ll post again in the next week or two to let you know about Round 2 interview invitation dates and hub cities – stay tuned.

20 Dec 2016

And Now for a Round 2 Update

Last week we welcomed the first members of the Class of 2019 to the HBS community. Hooray!

We’re now turning our attention to all you Round 2 applicants. A few notes:

• The Round 2 deadline is Wednesday, January 4th at 12pm EST. Applications will not be read before that time. We never shut down the application system until every application in the process of being submitted has been received. You will receive a confirmation email from our system once it goes through. 

• We have two webinars coming up that I encourage you to attend if you have any last minute questions or concerns:

Round 2 Application Webinar 12/21 at 12pm EST

Financial Aid Webinar 12/21 at 4pm EST

• The office (and all of HBS) will be closed from December 23 – January 2. We will be open 8:00-5:00pm EST on both Tuesday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 4. For Round 2 applicants, there will be limited technical support available over the break at slatesupport@hbs.edu. We'll also be keeping an eye on our general admissions mailbox, admissions@hbs.edu, but we will not be responding on the dates HBS is closed unless we think it is critical. I will post another update here when we return after break.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to reading your applications in the New Year!

12 Dec 2016

Round One Decisions This Week

On my way into work this morning I tried to think about what might be most helpful to those of you who applied and interviewed with us in round one. Here goes:

First, let me start with some of the mechanics for Wednesday, December 14. Decisions will be released at 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time, via the Application Status page. (Just log in directly, you don’t need to wait for an email.) There will be one of three decisions: accept, waitlist or release. Accept and release are self-explanatory; the waitlist means that we are really encouraged about your candidacy but have not made a final decision yet. You should take it as a good sign! There will be more details on the waitlist on December 14 and in an email from Eileen Chang later in the week. 

Second, some advice. Before decisions are released, take some time (even 10 minutes) to reflect on the past couple of months. What have you learned about yourself and what’s important to you over the next few years (and decades)? How do you want to make a difference in the world and how does HBS fit into those plans? Once the decisions are released, there will be a swirl of activity, conversation and, maybe, emotion—so if you can, take time to feel as grounded as possible going into Wednesday.

We are delighted about the “accept” offers that will go out on Wednesday—we need each of your perspectives in the Class of 2019. We are grateful for all of you who have applied. 

For those applying in round two, we haven’t forgotten about you! I know it’s a busy time. I’ll post again with some more thoughts for you next week, but be sure to tune into our Round 2 Q&A webinar on December 14 at 4pm Eastern.

22 Nov 2016

Wrapping Up Interviews

As we packed up at the end of our last Round 1 interview day on campus, I chatted informally with a few other members of the Admissions Board about the incredible people we have met (that’s you) from around the world. Many of you told me that you were pleasantly surprised (and relieved) that the interviews were personal, conversational, and substantive. That’s music to my ears, and I hope it was true for all of you. We are really aiming to get to know you.

In the process of getting to know you, I felt the added bonus of learning so much from you—about your industries, the projects or deals you’ve worked on, the challenges you’ve overcome, your aspirations for the future, your perspectives on leadership and the role of business for good in our world. Thank you for that. Speaking with you reminds me of how much I learned from my classmates as a student here. 

Now your hard work is done, and ours begins continues. Relish in that as the Thanksgiving holiday (for those of you in the U.S.) approaches! Before you know it, December 14 and final Round 1 decisions will be here.

For those applying in Round 2—we look forward to meeting you, too. Remember that we’re here to help as you get your application over the finish line (by Jan 4!). Check out the rest of this website for great resources, and don’t hesitate to reach out to admissions@hbs.edu or +1 617-495-6128 if you have specific questions.

27 Sep 2016

The Scoop on Interviews/Next Steps

For someone new to Dillon House, I’ve noticed it’s been oddly quiet around here since Round One applications came in. I don’t mean we haven’t been busy—there is actually no busier time for us—but it has been audibly quiet as we’ve all been heads down, reading your (very thoughtful) applications.

The next step is interviews. We will be sending out interview invitations on the following three days: October 4, 6, and 12. Try not to read into which date you hear from us—being invited to interview on October 4 vs. October 12 does not mean you are more likely to be accepted. We spread out interview invitations to avoid congestion on the interview sign-up pages.

If you haven’t heard from us on October 4 or 6, you will hear one of three things from us on October 12: 1) Invitation to Interview 2) "Release" or 3) "Further Consideration." Let me explain. By "releasing" those of you who will not move forward with our process on October 12—rather than waiting until December to let you know—we hope to give you time to explore other potential options. For group 3), we would like to "Further Consider" your applications in Round Two.

Interviews will occur between October 23 and November 18. In addition to on-campus interviews, we also conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Palo Alto, London, and Paris. Where you interview does NOT affect your likelihood to be accepted (all interviews globally are conducted only by members of the Admissions Board), but if you come to Boston to interview, you’ll also have the chance to sit in on a class and interact with current students and faculty. Candidates who are not able to travel may be accommodated via Skype.

So, that’s the scoop on interviews! Now back to the best (and quietest) part of my day…reading your applications.

08 Sep 2016

Two Updates

Two updates for you today:

First: The HBS MBA Class of 2018 has officially started classes! It's an outstanding group, and as promised here is their final Class of 2018 profile.

Second: For the many of you who submitted your application yesterday for R1 - thank you. We received your applications and have been reading all morning. I just took a break for lunch and sat back for a few minutes to reflect on the amazing people I feel I've already met in the prospective Class of 2019. Wow. You inspire in ways big and small, and we are grateful for your interest in HBS.

Don't worry about interview invitations just yet; I will provide more details on that later. In the meantime, relish in the knowledge that your hard work is over (for now) and ours has begun. Now back to reading...

10 Jun 2016

Business As Usual (Reprise)

Hello. Chad Losee here, writing to you for the first time. I came in to Dillon House early today to write this post; I’m sitting in an office across the hall from where I interviewed for admission into the HBS MBA program five and a half years ago. It’s surreal.

Let me begin by saying that I am humbled and honored to be serving HBS (and you) in this role. I remember quite clearly what it feels like to put yourself out there in a business school admissions process, and I am committed to keeping up the tradition of transparency and humanity that has been a hallmark of the admissions process at Harvard Business School for several years.

I’ll skip to the bottom line: I think you should apply. An MBA at HBS is a transformative experience—I learned and became so much more than what I started with. I brought one voice and one perspective to the case method classroom, but I was challenged and shaped and enhanced by the other 90 voices in the room. Now we need your distinct perspective in our classroom.

So…let me address a few things that may be on your mind:

Just to be clear: we are (still) looking for students who show 1) a habit of leadership, 2) analytical aptitude and appetite, and 3) engaged community citizenship. More on this here. We want you to apply.  

You may have already seen that our application is now live. As in years past, we will read (and re-read) and consider the application in its entirety —application, resume, essay, recommendations, transcripts, interview, post-interview reflection, GMAT or GRE scores, etc.  Said another way, no one thing will get you admitted or “released” from our admissions process. We are selecting a class with diverse backgrounds and perspectives—elements that are the foundation of learning by the case method.

Call us (+1 617 495 6128). Email us (admissions@hbs.edu). Come to one of our global outreach events. Join a live webinar. Drop by our office in Dillon House. Register (in September) to visit a class. We’re here for you.

More soon.