What are we looking for in your application? The Application Tips video series breaks down each section of the application and provides some thoughts and advice from members of the MBA Admissions team. We encourage you to review the short videos below in whatever order benefits you as you work on your HBS application.


“Keep the format simple, easy to read, with clearly labeled dates and locations.”

Test Scores

“We are entirely agnostic about the GMAT or the GRE. Please take whichever test suits you best.”


“It’s fine to share with your recommenders drafts of your application or essay, and even discuss with them areas where you think their perspective could round out your story.”


“The most helpful essays build on the rest of the written application or share new information.”

Activities, Awards & Recognition

“Many strong applications have common extracurriculars, but they pursue them with uncommon purpose or persistence.”


“This section should not be a repeat of your resume, but go beyond your resume, providing more in-depth details, greater context, and thoughtful reflections on your work experience.”

Post-MBA Goals

“What we are looking for here is an understanding of where you believe you want to go after HBS, short-term and possibly longer-term.”