Overview

Applicants
9,759
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.67
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
710 - 750
GPA
-

Deadlines


Round 1
September 7

Round 2
January 4

Round 3
April 3

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
255

84
Full-time
29
Minority
27
Female
16
Part-time


Students Say

Given the "strong brand recognition" and "prestige" of Harvard Business School, it's easy to understand why many prospective MBAs hope to attend. The academics are "stellar," and students here love the fact that much of the curriculum is based around the "case method." Many also appreciate that "HBS does force you to see your gaps in leadership, ability to speak persuasively in front of a group, and potential to succeed in certain industries." Students do caution that the first year often operates at a "breakneck pace." Fortunately, "the 2nd year is much less hectic, allowing students to tailor their schedules as they see fit." More importantly, Harvard MBAs have access to "amazing faculty members" who bring their "incredible real-world experience" into the classroom. They tend to be "present and excited to teach" as well as "very prepared." Students also speak highly of the "incredible" administration. They are "extremely thoughtful and thorough," and they ensure that the program is "run like clockwork."

Concentrations

JD/MBA - Dual Degree
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
International Business
Leadership/Management
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Specialities of Faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
www.hbs.edu/environment/

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
www.hbs.edu/environment/

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$134,071
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
91%

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

34%
Consulting
29%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Marketing
10%
General Management
2%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

43%
Northeast
24%
West
14%
International
6%
Midwest
5%
Southwest
5%
Mid-Atlantic
3%
South

Students Say

MBA students at Harvard Business School quickly capitalize on their program's "strong…alumni network." Many inform us that the "career services office has VERY good relationships with consulting companies and banks." HBS also maintains tremendous "industry credibility in private equity" as well. And the professionals at the office of Career & Professional Development help students shape their career goals and focus on the appropriate next steps. The office sponsors numerous recruiting events and workshops for interviewing, networking and negotiating. You can certainly find Harvard MBAs in every industry and major corporations. Companies that frequently Harvard grads include American Express Company, Amazon.com, Inc., Bain & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Cambridge Associates LLC, Creative Artists Agency, Deloitte Consulting LLP, ExxonMobil Corporation, Facebook, Inc., Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Google Inc. and L'Oreal.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 34% $145,000 $134,830 $64,000 $250,000
Finance / Accounting 29% $150,000 $149,696 $60,000 $500,000
Marketing / Sales 21% $125,000 $124,975 $48,000 $185,000
General Management 10% $120,000 $119,460 $42,500 $200,000
Other 3% $116,250 $107,552 $63,000 $140,000
Operations / Logistics 2% $117,000 $114,534 $48,948 $170,000
Human Resources 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 28% $150,000 $150,779 $60,000 $500,000
Consulting 25% $145,000 $139,667 $64,000 $250,000
Technology 19% $125,000 $126,257 $48,948 $185,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 8% $125,000 $126,202 $90,000 $185,000
Consumer Products 3% $104,000 $106,353 $85,000 $140,000
Media / Entertainment 3% $130,500 $132,989 $90,000 $200,000
Manufacturing 2% $120,000 $115,573 $42,500 $155,000
Petroleum / Energy 2% $132,000 $136,308 $90,000 $200,000
Real Estate 2% $110,000 $107,500 $75,000 $140,000
Non-profit 2%
Government 1% $90,000 $89,833 $65,000 $120,000
Other 1%

Prominent Alumni

Michael Bloomberg
Former Mayor, New York City; Founder, Bloomberg L.P.

Jamie Dimon
Chairman & CEO, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Jennifer Hyman
CEO and Cofounder, Rent the Runway

Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Michelle Zatlyn
Cofounder, Cloudflare

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$74,940

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$37,285

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
62%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
46%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
63%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
49%

New Students Receiving Loans
47%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$63,675
Fees (In-State)
$11,678

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$26,747

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,871
Part Time
0%

Foreign Countries Represented
79

Demographics

27.00%
Minorities
35.00%
International

42% female
58% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Life at Harvard Business Center can be "busy and frenetic" as there are "always ten things you could be doing at any given moment," but these students wouldn't have it any other way. We're told that "social life generally revolves around your section of ninety-five students and club activities." These clubs sponsor "parties…at least once a week in the fall and once every three weeks in the spring." They also offer plenty of opportunity for professional development. For example, "HBS has a program…(the Rock Accelerator Program) that provides funding for female entrepreneurs…to pursue a startup while in school." Best of all, thanks to "ample on-campus housing," it's easy to for Harvard MBAs to "build a tightly knit community."

Not surprisingly, Harvard Business School manages to "draw talented and diverse students…from all over the world." As one thankful MBA further explains, "HBS attracts the best students and the admissions committee does an incredible job constructing a class that is carefully balanced to provide diversity across many dimensions, including nationality, industry experience, functional experience and ethnicity." Of course, these classmates share many traits as well. The vast majority are "ambitious," "intellectual" and "engaging." More importantly, they are "friendly, supportive" and highly concerned about the "social impact" of their work. Though perhaps this Harvard MBA says it best: "Countless times, I have found myself describing a peer as, 'the most interesting woman/man I have ever met!'"


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
MBA Admissions
MBA Admissions

Address
Soldiers Field
Dillon House
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Phone
617-495-6128

Fax
617-496-8137

Email
admissions@hbs.edu


Articles & Advice