Harvard Business School

Essay Question for 2013-2014 / Class of 2016

Below are the application deadlines and essay question for Harvard Business school's MBA program.

Round 1 Deadline: September 16, 2013
Round 2 Deadline: January 6, 2014
Round 3 Deadline: April 7, 2014

The essay (yes, there is only one):

You’re applying to Harvard Business School.  We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you.  What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy? (no word limit)

Additional essay for joint degree applicants:

How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

Post-interview essay (by invitation only): 

Following the interview, candidates are required to submit a written reflection using our online application system. This must be submitted within 24 hours following the completion of the interview. Detailed instructions will be provided to those applicants who are invited to the interview process.

For Reapplicants

Harvard Business School will consider only one application per year from potential applicants. All re-applicants, including those who were previously admitted, are required to complete the current application in its entirety. This involves creating a new application. While previous applications may be retained on file and consulted at the MBA Admissions Board's discretion, a reapplication must stand on its own merits as a complete and independent application.

Re-applicants should be aware that GMAT or GRE scores from tests taken before January 1, 2009 will not be accepted, and TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores from tests taken before January 1, 2012 will not be accepted. If the test scores from the previous application are still valid, there is no need to resubmit the official test score. All re-applicants must pay the nonrefundable application fee.

Re-applicants do not have an advantage or disadvantage in comparison to other applicants.

Visit the HBS admissions website for more application information.


Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.