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Business school profiles

Explore our insights on what each MBA program
has to offer, along with the latest facts and stats.


About The School

The Harvard Business School has a brand like no other business school in the world. And it is this magnetic appeal that persuades a record-breaking 10,000 hopefuls to compete for one of the 940 places in the MBA program every year. The HBS Admissions team is made up of only five key individuals, so it is no surprise that many applicants very quickly fall by the way side, given their lack of professional credentials and academic excellence. Indeed for some the process is akin to burning a dozen or so $20 bills. Such limited staff resources may in part explain the school’s move towards a shorter, more streamlined application in recent years. HBS now only requires two recommendations, and in the past three years has moved from four essays down to just one optional essay. Your resume and recommendations have never carried so much weight. HBS has more CEOs of Fortune 500 companies than any other MBA program, a couple of former Presidents (U.S. and Mexico), and an unrivaled global network of influence. This conservative symbol of success, with its old red brick campus and the highest admissions yield, nevertheless faces a battle to win the hearts of minds of the tech industry. For many applicants the closest they will get to a Harvard MBA is a T-shirt, but for a select few it will be the experience of a lifetime.

Strengths And Specializations

With a world-renowned faculty, HBS can claim academic excellence in many fields. Perhaps best known for General Management and a dedication to the case method, the school can point to Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and CSR among the top areas of study.

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 10,351
MBA Class Size: 928
Tuition: $144,000

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Financial Services 31%; Consulting 23%; Technology 16%; Healthcare 7%; Starting Own Business 7%

Top Recruiters: McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, BCG, Bain, Morgan Stanley & Co

Avg Base Salary: $131,646 Salary Increase: 97% Employment in 3 months: 91%

MBA Rankings                                                                                 2012         2013         2014           2015         2016           2017

BusinessWeek 2 2 8 1 1
Financial Times 3 3 2 1 1 1
Forbes 1 3 2
The Economist 4 5 4 6 6
US News 1 2 1 1 1 2


Avg. Age: 27

Avg. GPA: 3.67

Avg. GMAT: 730

Int’l Students: 35%

Female Students: 43%

Deadlines for 2017-18: R1: Sep 06, 2017, R2: Jan 03, 2018, R3: Apr 02, 2018

Sources: Harvard, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50


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?

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Post-Interview Reflection

As part of the application process, HBS requires interviewees to complete a Post-Interview Reflection. This is not intended to be another formal essay. Think of it instead as an email you might write to a colleague or supervisor after a meeting. HBS will be much more generous in our reaction to typos and grammatical errors than they will be with pre-packaged responses. Reflections that give any indication that they were produced BEFORE you had the interview will raise a flag for the Admissions Committee. Your Post-Interview Reflection is due within 24 hours of the conclusion of your interview. There is no word limit for the Post-Interview Reflection.

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