22 Oct 2021

100 Years of the Case Method

Our MBA program features many different ways of learning—from small group discussions, simulations, project-based work, and hands-on experiences—but HBS is famous for pioneering the case method. This year marks 100 years since the first Harvard Business School case was published in 1921—check out this timeline.

When I was in your shoes, the case method is something that made me excited about applying to HBS. As a student, I found the case method the ideal way to learn about leadership, business, and general management. In addition to being incredibly engaging, the case method centers the diverse experiences of every student in the class allowing you to learn deeply not just from faculty, but also from your classmates. I also loved when leaders of the companies we discussed in the cases joined our class to share their insights.

Just before the pandemic hit, we filmed a case discussion with Professor Tsedal Neeley and a section of HBS students. Check it out here. If you find yourself excited about this way to learn after this ten minute video, I hope you’ll apply to HBS!

01 Oct 2021

Round 1 Next Steps

Over the past few weeks, we have had the pleasure of reading your Round 1 applications. I distinctly remember how much effort—and heart—goes into putting together an application. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for what you have shared with us.

On Tuesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, each of you will receive individual news on next steps in our process. 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. This part of our work never gets any easier, but our hope is that 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 receive access to our Interview Information website on October 5 to learn more about the process – you will then be able to sign up for an interview on October 6.

29 Sep 2021

The 2+2 Deferred Admissions Application is Now Live!

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

We hope that knowing you have a spot at HBS on the horizon will enable you to really explore early on in your career as you build toward a life of impact.

The 2+2 application deadline is not until April 28, 2022, so you have some time. We only review applications after this date. There is a reduced application fee of $100, and we will also open a 2+2 need-based application fee waiver in January 2022. In the meantime, check out the 2+2 website for more information and introduce yourself to us so we can keep you informed about upcoming HBS events for college students.

26 Aug 2021

They’re here! HBS Class of 2023

Earlier this week we welcomed the amazing HBS Class of 2023. It’s been such a delight to see students arriving from all over the world, representing many different backgrounds and life experiences. They are an impressive and down-to-earth bunch eager to get to know one another and dive into their HBS experience. Learn more about the incoming class here.


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