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Harvard MBA Admission Updates30th March 2016: By today 12:00 noon Boston Time, the decisions for Round 2 candidates will be announced. Check your online application and make sure that the phones are not engaged. Around 100 applicants will be waitlisted.  Eileen Chang will mail you about what to expect.

6th January 2016:
The Round 2 Deadline for Harvard Business School is today at 12:00 noon (Boston Time). The Admission team will begin reviewing your application after the deadline and accept recommendations till the end of this week. On 8th Jan 2016, the admission team will publish the list of hub cities for Round 2 Interviews.

Related Download: MBA Admission Interview Guide

9th December 2015:
For Round 1 Applicants who attended the Harvard MBA Admission Interview, 9th December 2015 is a BIG day. The decision that will change your future will be notified. There is no separate Phone Calls or Email. Check your online application by 12:01 noon Boston time on 9th Dec.

Break Stereotype Harvard MBA Essay TipsWhen you introduce yourself, the class should feel confident about your ability as a decision maker. If you had a change in career path, explain your move with sound reasoning (supported by trends, opportunities and potential) – an indication that interacting with you would lead to a better exchange of ideas.

What value will you offer to the learning team? You have to encapsulate five things with the way you introduce yourself:

1) Break Stereotypes

Almost everyone starts with their name, hometown (and country), Undergraduate Degree, Pre-MBA Title, and Experience.

Although it is the right way to introduce yourself in front of the class, a prepared candidate will go the extra mile and connect with the audience by shattering the one-dimensional narratives. The class will have certain assumptions about you when you state your city, pre-MBA title, or experience.  

How will you break the assumptions and demonstrate that you are a multidimensional personality with a worldview that matches with the class?

If I were an applicant, I would introduce myself with something unique about my hometown, and elements of my...

Before case study method, students have to brush up on case facts – competitors, pricing, limitations, and opportunities in the market, and threats from new entrants. The day before the case, smaller groups (5-6) from the learning team (group of 90 students) come together, reads the overview of the case, and engages in an open dialogue, discussing about the scenario from different perspectives. What these discussions does is that each student will get the chance to vocalize her opinion in front of the learning team, and get additional or contradicting information that validates or changes the stand completely. Even before the case study method, a debate has already started. With the details, students rationalize their decision-making capability. After the case has been looked at different angles, students form a firm opinion. They are ready to communicate the rationale in front of the class.

HBS Case Study - Preparation (Professors)

For professors, the focus is on the direction of the discussion. Even faculties debate about the case and prepare to orchestrate differing opinions on the case study. What will be the opening question, and who should be the...

Harvard Business SchoolEssay (Required for Harvard MBA Essay Question 2016 Entering Class): It is the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your "section." This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Watch the video below, before writing your essay – Inside HBS Case Study Method


Harvard MBA Essay Tips (2016 Entering Class): The HBS MBA Admissions team instead of going for an open-ended essay question have given a clear context in this year’s MBA Application Essay. They want you to imagine a scenario – you are attending the case study session, and the group of 90 classmates will experience your intellectual curiosity shortly when the discussions begin. Before that, you are asked to introduce yourself.


For the Harvard MBA Class of 2018, the Admission team has announced that there will be only one mandatory essay question.

Here is the essay question:

Harvard MBA Essay Question (2016 Entering Class): It's the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your"section." This is the group of 90 classmates who will become yourclose companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case methodparticipant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each othervery well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experiencewill be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Watch the video below, before writing your essay – Inside HBS Case Study Method


1) There are no word limits for this essay question


The deadlines for Harvard MBA Class of 2018 has been announced.

Round 1:
Application deadline - Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST
Decision notification - December 2015

Round 2: Application deadline - Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 12:00 noon EST
Decision notification -
March 2016

Round 3:
Application deadline - Monday, April 4, 2016
Decision notification - May 2015

Harvard MBA Rejection With an acceptance rate that hovers on the 10-11% range, even a deserving candidate will find herself biting her nails, anticipating for the status update at 12:00 noon EST. When an applicant faces rejection, from Harvard Business School, the first reaction is to “Blame their IQ,” the second “Blame their luck,” and third “Blame their work schedule.” IQ has nothing to do with your rejection, especially for Harvard MBA that receives over 9000 applications for the Full-time MBA program.

The Story of the Harvard MBA Reject

Warren Buffet was only 19 when he was rejected from Harvard Business School. The reason as you might have guessed - he was too young for an MBA. Things have turned out well for the investment guru, whose company Berkshire Hathaway in 2014 reported a profit of $6.395 Billion, taking the price of the stock to over $200,800. Thousands of MBAs, many from Harvard Business School, work for Warren indirectly through his major stock holding companies: American Express, Coca-Cola, DirecTV, U.S. Bancorp, Moody’s Corporation, Wells Fargo, and IBM.

High IQ and Success: Myth

Let us for the sake of argument assume that GMAT Score and GPA...

Harvard MBA Post Interview ReflectionAs part of the HBS MBA Admission Interview process, you will have to fill up a post-interview reflection in the ‘Application Status’ page, within 24 hours of the interview. We hope you have crushed the interview (if you are planning to attend the interview, Download F1GMAT's MBA Admission Interview Guide - strategies on how to influence the interviewer and guide the questions to your advantage), but here are five points worth considering for your post-interview reflection:

1) Don’t Seek Assistance from Reviewers

The major difference in the post-interview reflection is the format. In essays, you write the first draft, modify it with a few anecdotes from your life, and then finally seek assistance from friends/family or expert reviewers to polish the essays further, and make it ready for publishing. If you are planning to write the essay without any outside help, Download F1GMAT's ...

Harvard MBA Chances 2 Year Work ExperienceFirst, take pride in your academic achievements: you are above the HBS Class median in GMAT by 10 points, in GPA by .12 points, and you are a top MBA Applicant if I assume that you are part of the big G or the big F when you say “Top IT Company.”

What seem a little troubling are the years of experience. If you would gain 3 years of experience when you join HBS MBA program, then you are among the 25% of the class with similar experience but if you gain 2-year of experience on the day of joining the program, your chances go down drastically. Only 7% of the class will have 2-years of experience on the joining date.

The only option for lesser-experienced MBA Applicant is through the deferral program, which is reserved for applicants fresh out of college, and in many cases, applicants following through the deferred admission are few as by the time they would have carved their own path, mostly in an Entrepreneurial start-up environment as a Founder or as a key team member.

Unfortunately, you fall within the gray area: 1-2 year experienced applicant. But don’t worry - you have already crossed the first two hurdles – GMAT and GPA. Use this year to gain diverse leadership experience – in a...

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


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...