Boston, MA
Not sure if you’ve heard of a little place called Harvard, but it happens to be one of the top universities in the world. As a matter of fact, the name Harvard is basically synonymous with “success” and “prestige”. Harvard’s business school alone boasts 33 separate buildings. The annual tuition is $61,225 and the average GMAT score for accepted applicants is 730. So what will you gain at such a price tag? Admitted students are part of a 90-student cohort that serves as an intellectual and social circle. In this circle, students will go through courses together in their first year. Harvard coined a case method curriculum in order to bring real-life problems to the classroom and further develops real-world leadership by having a designated group leader for every assigned project. Once out of the classroom, students get to spend one week working with over 140 companies around the world. Harvard also gives students an opportunity to launch a company over 8 weeks with $3000 in seed money. Harvard bridges the gap between real-life and classroom studies, giving students not only hands-on experience, but the leadership tools necessary to succeed in the business world. As far as admissions goes, HBS has been pioneering that front as well, from being the first to accept the GRE to shortening the recommendations to only two questions. Also, Harvard now only asks for one very personal admissions essay, which demands a lot of introspection on the part of the applicant. So where does the Harvard reputation come from? From investing in their students as much as their students invested to get accepted.

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Important Dates

Early Round

Round 1

DeadlineSep 17, 2017
NotificationDec 12, 2017

Round 2

DeadlineJan 03, 2018
NotificationMar 21, 2018

Round 3

DeadlineApr 02, 2018
NotificationMay 9, 2018



Application Requirements

Application Fee

$250 USD$



Required Essays





Question, Class of 2020:

There is one question for the Class of 2020:

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?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

Joint program applicants for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School must provide an additional essay:
How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)


Jorge López Moreno

Jorge López Moreno was born in Madrid, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science...

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recommendation form includes the following questions, along with other types of questions:
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. (300 words)

Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)


The Ivy team accompanied me during the entire process – from the choice of schools, through the tips for writing essays and preparing for interviews, up through my acceptance at Chicago and Harvard. At every step, I felt the entire Ivy team wanted my success and was available to help me. The preparation for interviews was beyond my expectations. They did everything to get me ready: from mock interviews ; to review of the relevant websites; to training and suggestions for improvements; all bolstered by support, encouragement and advice f which continued to be a significant part of the process at every stage.

On the essays, I worked with advisor, who is a true professional who deserves special thanks for his dedication and personal assistance.

Applying to business schools involves many dilemmas, such as where to apply, what to write, or when to start working on the essays. However, as for the advisors with whom you should work, there is no dilemma – the answer is Ivy MBA Consulting.

Looking to read more about what Harvard Business School is looking for in a candidate? Read our Harvard MBA Essay Analysis for more about applying.

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