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Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School

Boston (United States of America)

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Harvard Business School

What else is there to say about Harvard Business School? Arguably the most famous business school in the world, it introduced the first ever MBA program back in 1908 and has remained a step ahead of its competitors ever since. It has produced leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs and philanthropists; people making a difference and pushing for change the world over. An MBA from Harvard Business School is a feather in the cap that will remain with you for the rest of your life, benefiting you not only in your future career but in almost every aspect of your life.

Harvard has always been at the cutting-edge of business education and their pioneering HBS Case Method, a way of learning that involves putting the student in the role of decision-maker as they go through a business case, has influenced the teaching methods of business schools all around the world. Another standout feature of HBS is the fact that it is the only top American business school with a self-contained, residential campus: 65% of the current intake resides on campus. It serves to foster an even greater sense of community amongst its students as they form bonds that will last a lifetime. Because, after all, the MBA experience is about so much more than just the classes.

There are four different options available to prospective HBS students: the two-year full-time MBA, the online MBA, executive education programs for businesses and doctoral programs for those interested in pursuing academic research as a career. It’s difficult to argue with the success of the famed HBS Case Method, and that forms the bedrock of the full-time MBA curriculum which gradually applies theory learnt in class to real-life business situations. The Online MBA, meanwhile, is an intentionally more engaging model of learning that introduces regular activities and exercises alongside case studies and social exchanges with your course peers.


MBA Programs offered by Harvard Business School:

  • General MBA
  • JD/MBA with Harvard Law School (HLS)
  • MBA/DMD with Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HDM)
  • MBA/MPP and MBA/MPA-ID with Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
  • MD/MBA with Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  • MS/MBA with Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  • MS/MBA with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School

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What is Harvard Business School's class profile?

938 MBA Class of 2021 Enrollment
43% Women
37% International (from 69 countries)
27% U.S. Ethnic Minorities
127 Domestic Universities and 155 International Universities
4.7 Averages Years Work Experience
3.70 Average GPA

How big is Harvard Business School's alumni network?

86,000 alumni worldwide

What is the HBS Case Method?

Pioneered by HBS faculty and one of the highlights of the HBS experience, the case method presents big challenges confronting organizations – including the constraints and incomplete information found in all real world situations –and places you in the role of decision maker. No simple solutions exist – yet through the process of exchanging diverse perspectives, countering and defending ideas, and building on each other’s thoughts, you become adept at analyzing issues, exercising judgment, and making difficult decisions. We believe the case method is the best way to prepare students for the challenges of leadership.

How diverse is Harvard's student body?

A truly diverse student body — in background, nationality, interests and ambitions — is the foundation of the HBS experience. Indeed, these differences are critical to the HBS learning model, which thrives on the many perspectives and life experiences our students bring to their classes from all over the world. From academic assignments to casual conversations, the unique qualities of individual lives enrich the education of the entire community.

How does HBS help students meet the cost of the MBA?

50% of students receive need-based financial aid. Business school is an important investment in who you are, and who you will become. HBS proudly shares in that investment by offering a variety of need-based financial assistance programs throughout your MBA experience. $84k is the average need-based scholarship awarded to students over two years.

How important is entrepreneurship at HBS?

HBS is a robust ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Learn more: hbs.edu

What does HBS offer students in terms of career services?

HBS Career and Professional Development offers personalized career resources that help you make an impact. HBS has 600+ recruiting partners and holds 150 programs for first-year students. 95% of students receive offers for full time employment within three months of graduation.

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Established in 1908 and introduced the world’s first MBA program that same year

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Harvard features prominently in any given business school ranking and is generally considered to be one of the top b-schools in the world

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Campus in Boston

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The total intake across all of Harvard’s MBA programs is almost 1,000, with 37% international students and 43% females. Alumni include George W. Bush, Michael Bloomberg and Sheryl Sandberg

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Recent Harvard MBA graduates had an average median base salary of $148,750 and were predominantly working in Financial Services, Consulting or Technology