Harvard MBA Business School

Harvard MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

Harvard's first-round deadline is usually the earliest among the top schools, which means that applicants often submit their worst application to HBS. The early deadline also means that applicants usually receive their first school decision from Harvard.

"At the Harvard Business School, I really felt I had gained the ability to resolve difficult issues. But I also felt that I wasn't in the mainstream with my fellow students. During job-hunting season, for example, everybody shaved their beards for interviews. I thought, 'This is crazy.' So I grew a beard."

Tom Stemberg, Founder, Staples, Inc.

Essay Question (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 Degree Applicants

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)



HBS Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 730
2 Average GPA 3.71
3 Class Size 941
4 Number of Applications 10,351
5 Percent Admitted 11%
6 Yield 91%
7 Average Age 27
8 GMAT — Middle 80% 700 - 770


HBS Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Notification
1 September 6, 2017 December 12, 2017
2 January 3, 2018 March 21, 2018
3 April 2, 2018 May 9, 2018
*Due at Noon ET