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Harvard Business School

Harvard MBAHarvard Full-time MBA is a 24-month program with the latest class enrolling 913 students in the Boston Campus. The full-time MBA is a residential program with a focus on hands-on experience through the Case Study Method and FIELD projects. By encouraging students to exercise their knowledge on real-world problems, Harvard Business Schools has created a learning environment that encourages Entrepreneurship and leadership. Even though the class size is huge compared to other top MBA programs, the school leadership has set up small learning groups of 80-90, to  mimic the efficiency of lean teams.

Harvard MBA Curriculum

The Harvard MBA Curriculum is divided into Year One Spring & Fall, and Year Two Spring & Fall schedules. During Year One Fall, HBS MBA students follow a common curriculum - Finance 1, Financial Reporting and Control, Marketing, Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD), Technology and Operations Management, FIELD Foundation in Leadership and Field 2: Global Intelligence.

Year One - Fall


Harvard MBA Admission Updates8th October

At around 12:00 noon ET, the HBS MBA Admissions team have sent 800 Round 1 Interview Invites. On October 15th additional 150 Interview Invitations will be send. Also, the school will notify about the waitlist status on 15th October 2014 to roughly 50 candidates.The waitlisted applicant will be considered for Round 2.

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12th September

The HBS Admissions team has revealed that they would be sending the interview invites on October 8th and October 15th. Candidates who are not shortlisted would be notified of the decision on October 15th and released from the application pool.

Round 1 Waitlist: 100 to 150 applicants will be placed in...

The deadlines for Harvard MBA Class of 2017 has been announced.

Round 1:
Application deadline - Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 12:00 noon EST
Decision notification - December 2014

Round 2: Application deadline - Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST
Decision notification -
March 2015

Round 3:
Application deadline - Monday, April 6, 2015
Decision notification - May 2015

For tips on how to get into Harvard MBA Program: Download F1GMAT's Winning MBA Essay Guide

All Harvard Business School applicants must submit answer to one essay question listed below.

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.

Essay (MBA applicants only):

All application questions below are required.

Q) 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)

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Preview 2014-15 Harvard MBA Essay Tips(From F1GMAT's Essay Guide)

Include these 3 Aspects of your Personality


Harvard MBA Essay TipsHarvard MBA Essay for the Class of 2017 has been released. The school has continued with last year's open-ended essay. In this HBS Essay tip article, we will cover characteristics of MBA Applicants that Harvard Business School value, elements of your personality that should be included in the essay and best practices to ace the essay.

HBS MBA Essay Question:

 “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?”

HBS MBA Essay Guideline:
“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”

If we rephrase the...

If you have missed the first part of the series Top 5 International MBA, read Top 5 International MBA: How to pick the Best, Type of International MBAs and More

3) University of South Carolina - Moore

The Moore School offers an International MBA aimed at creating better world leaders, international strategists and global citizens. The entire program is aligned towards the global business scenario, and the core curriculum is divided in to two parts. The first is the Global Functional Core which includes Decision Analysis, Global Economics, Global Marketing, and Global Operations.  The second part is the International Business Core that includes subjects like Global Strategy, Managing the Multinational Enterprise, Comparative Institutional Systems and Rapid Ethnography principals.  There are 8 concentration options including Supply Chain & Operations Management and Global Management.

Language Options:
Students must complete learning at least one additional language and have the option of learning as many as 4 languages. The language immersion...

Harvard MBA Admission EventsHarvard Business School has published the MBA Admission Event Details for August 2013. Here are the summary of the events. Don’t forget to bookmark Harvard MBA page in F1GMAT, for the latest News, Events, Essay Tips and Research Articles about the MBA Program.

Admissions Q&A Webinar – Aug 14th 12:00 pm EST


• Review of Application Process – Class of 2016
• Q&A for Participants

Webinar Link

Silicon Valley Outreach – Aug 15th 6:00-8:00pm PT
Details: Learn about HBS MBA Program
Register Now

Campus Tour – Aug 16th Starts 1:00 pm
Details: Join the Admission team for a guided tour

Information Session – Aug 16th Aldrich 2:00 pm  EST...

Maxx AssociatesQ) I got a 610 in the GMAT and I was wondering which top schools would be willing to accept a student like me. A little back ground on me. Female from India, currently residing in Boston Massachusetts I have an engineering degree with a 3.6 GPA and I have 5 years experience.  Presently I am a Business Analyst  and I am also involved in many community services through work.
I have taken the GMAT twice and both the times I have scored 610 despite intense preparations. I would like to go to either Tuck or Harvard mainly because I like the Case Method approach.
Please advise if I should even bother to apply to these schools if not which other schools should I be looking into?

Maxx Duffy: Let's start with the good news:  You have a solid GPA in a difficult discipline and that is a plus.  You also have 5 years of professional experience which means you must have a wealth of projects, achievements, and perspectives to offer in a classroom environment.  I am also glad to hear that you have been active in community...

Leadership Development Harvard MBAAt Harvard Business School, Leadership development is an integral part of the MBA curriculum. During the first year, students are required to take two leadership courses: Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD), and Leadership and Corporate Accountability.

Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD)

LEAD course gives students an overview of managing the human side of a Business. Mostly it teaches students to manage Emotional Intelligence and bring positive change in the Enterprise.

Leadership and Corporate Accountability

This course utilizes HBS Cases to understand the responsibilities that today’s leaders have, and looks into the ethical, economic and legal side of a managerial decision. Leadership and Corporate Accountability also teach how to use personal values for effective leadership in companies and how to propagate these values throughout the organization including the conduct of the employees.

During the second year, students can select leadership themed electives from courses like Authentic Leadership Development, The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance, Great Business Leaders-...

MBA SimulationsBusiness Simulations are an extension of the traditional classroom lectures and case-study method of teaching in an MBA Program. The real value of this tool comes from testing what you have learned through these simulations.

How valuable are these simulations?

It gives students the ability to take the type of risks that normally cannot be taken in real life. By observing the consequence of these actions, students can learn about themselves and how various elements in a Business Environment influences each other. Simulations require collaboration with team members and teach students to think for the team and effectively communicate with each other. The learning experiences develop team building, leadership and problem solving skills.

The Simulation Games can be broadly categorized based on the learning function – Communication, Finance, Sustainability, Leadership & Teamwork, Marketing, Strategy, Supply Chain, Change Management, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, Economics and Pricing, and Statistics.

Let us look at some of the best simulation games used in top Business Schools.


The Tip of the Iceberg cultural team is a...

Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and an HBS Alumnus (Class of 1995). She has served in the United States Department of the Treasury as its Chief of Staff. After a stint with the US govt., Sheryl joined Google and served as the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations, before moving to Facebook.  She was invited to address the HBS class of 2012 during the Class Day Ceremony. The occasion was especially significant as it was the 50th anniversary of the class with the first women MBA. In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg was named in Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Video Summary -
Sheryl Sandberg Harvard MBA Speech

0:50 Congratulates the class of 2012

1:30 Describes the perils of being an old person in a young company like FB

1:45 How a Social Marketing class with Prof Cash 17 years ago has helped her add a feature at Facebook

3:10 Elaborates on how the internet gives ordinary people...

Wharton Common BondCommonBond, has recently announced that it will disburse $2.5 million in student loans at Wharton, benefiting as many as 50 students. What makes this significant is that the loans are funded by Wharton alumni itself. CommonBond is a startup founded by Wharton Alumni. They oversee the disbursal process. At the heart of CommonBond's effort is a philanthropic quest - a positive social change. A case in point is that for every fully-funded degree, the company will sponsor a child's education, for a year in partnership with the African School for Excellence.

The news is a boost to the nascent alumni-sourced loan industry, which seeks to ease the difficulties faced by MBA students looking for loans. Students do not have to put up with the intense scrutiny and paperwork, which they must go through otherwise. And even more significantly, the interest rates are just 6.24%, lower than the lowest Federal loan rate of 6.8%. Private loan rates go even higher, averaging around 12%. Alumni who contribute to the loan pools get returns of above 4.25% - profits with a cause attached. What's more, the risk factors are very low. The 10-year cumulative loss rate estimated for the Wharton loan pool is around 0.70%.


The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship has announced a one-time award of $10,000 to each of the 2013 graduating MBA student who is committed in starting an entrepreneurial venture. This is a need-based award and is aimed at for-profit startup ventures. The winner will be decided by the Rock Center. In addition to the award, the student will be eligible for regular MBA Financial Aid.

The award is based on the viability of the Business Idea. This will be evaluated based on a review of the business plan as well as a progress report based on funding and other key steps taken. Another criterion for evaluation is financial need. The award is not for students who are looking for employment or in volunteer positions.

The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship was started in 2003, on a $25 million gift from HBS alumni, Arthur Rock a legendary VC who invested in companies like Intel and Apple. The center runs the School’s Business Plan Contest, which gives away over $150,000 in cash, as well as, in-kind services to entrepreneurial winners. Also around $50,000 is given out each semester in the Rock Accelerator Award Program. It helps students develop their ideas in the quickest, most effective way.

Harvard Business School is one of the most sought after B-schools in the world. It is also one of the schools with the lowest acceptance rate. While IIMA in India boasts of an acceptance rate of just 0.1%, among US B-schools, HBS has the lowest acceptance rate after Stanford. The rate has historically hovered around the 10-12% mark. The class of 2014 has seen a slight increase in the acceptance to 13%, the result of a slight increase in uptake, and decrease in the number of applicants.

Note: When we mention a year, we refer to the year of graduation – The class of that year. The year of admission would be 2 years prior.

Class Size

Over the past 10 years, class sizes have fluctuated from a high of 889 in 2009 to a high of 941 in 2011. The class of 2014 saw 913 students admitted. This proves that HBS will only admit students that it deems fit for HBS standards of excellence and diversity. There is no quota or target as such.


While applicants’ profile and past records are critical, class diversity is supreme. Applicants who qualify are ranked in order of how they will contribute to class diversity rather than their...

MBA in General ManagementAn MBA in General Management provides you with a well-rounded management education, where you cover the entire range of management functions, but specialize in ‘management.’ There are two major advantages of such a focus. One, it provides graduates with all the tools required to oversee the successful management of a company – the perfect route to reach the top of the management rung. Most CEOs tend to have majored in one of the General Management disciplines. The second advantage is that it opens up an entire range of industries and verticals as careers options, offering possibilities of career flexibility and sector switching. For MBA aspirants looking to reach the top with a wide choice of career paths, here are F1GMAT’s pick for the top five General Management MBA programs:

1. Stanford MBA

Stanford University’s 2 year Full-time MBA is the standout choice for those seeking a career in General Management. The first year of the program is divided into two core halves - General Management Perspectives and General Management Foundations. The subjects covered include Critical Analytical Thinking, Leadership Labs, Managerial Skills, Managing in the Global Context and Managing...