The Harvard Business School has a brand like no other business school in the world. And it is this magnetic appeal that persuades more than 9,000 hopefuls to compete for one of the roughly 1000 places in its MBA program. The HBS Admissions team is made up of, on average, only five key individuals. Such limited staff resources may in part explain the school’s move towards a shorter, more streamlined application in recent years. HBS only requires two recommendations, and in the past few years has moved from four essays down to just one 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.
With a world-renowned college, HBS can claim academic excellence in many fields. Perhaps best known for general management and a dedication to the case method.
Strengths And Specializations
General management, leadership, entrepreneurship, strategy, corporate social responsibility
Number of Applicants: 8,264
MBA Class Size: 1,015
Career Sector: Financial Services 34%; Consulting 26%; Technology 19%; Starting Own Business 13%; Healthcare 5%
Top Recruiters: Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Procter & Gamble, Citi, JP Morgan, American Express, Apple, Facebook, Google, Tesla, Netflix, Walt Disney, L’Oreal, Amazon, J&J
Avg Base Salary: $175,000
Salary Increase: 117%
Employment in 3 months: 95%
Avg. Age: 27
Avg. GPA: 3.70
Avg. GMAT: 730
International Students: 38%
Female Students: 46%
Deadlines for 2023-2024: R1: Sep 06, 2023, R2: Jan 03, 2024
Sources: HBS, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News
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