Harvard Business School (HBS)

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers a full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review. It is ranked 1st among American business schools by the U.S. News & World Report (tied with the Stanford Graduate School of Business), and 3rd in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2010,behind London Business School and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. It is consistently ranked in the top ten of other national and global business school rankings, and is one of six Ivy League business schools. In the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report Harvard Business School was placed first in North America.


HBS looks for candidates who exhibit leadership potential, capacity for intellectual growth, and the drive to make a difference in their communities. The school aims to attract students representing a wide range of interests, perspectives and experiences as reflected by its highly diverse student body. Each year, students representing more than seventy countries and a wide range of backgrounds – ranging from professional sports, medicine and military to consulting and investment banking – are selected at HBS.

To be considered for admission, a candidate must submit the following:

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE scores,
Responses to the application essay questions,
Undergraduate academic transcript,
TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable
Nonrefundable U.S. $250 application fee (College seniors pay a reduced fee of $100)
There is no minimum work experience required
A four-year undergraduate degree is required for admission.

(Exceptions are very rarely made, and on a case-by-case basis, such as for Blake Gottesman, MBA’08, the personal assistant to then-President George W. Bush, who was admitted to HBS after completing one year of college.)

HBS offers joint degree programs with several other Harvard schools, including Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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