Quick Stats

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  • Avg GMAT (Admitted Students)
    727
  • Program Cost
    $133,961
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Yield
    89%
  • Selectivity
    12%
  • Job Offers
    93%
  • Average Salary
    $120,700
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
Contact Information
Soldiers Field
Boston, Massachusetts 02163, United States
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Best B-School Road Trip: Harvard Business School

Bloomberg Businessweek's Jeniece Pettitt and Rachel Crane visit Cambridge to get a handle on the Harvard Way.

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 75 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate generations of leaders who have shaped the practice of business in every industry and in every country around the world.

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Admissions: Can I get in?

Post-Grad Work Experience
  • Average 49
  • Median 48
  • Middle 80%
Admissions Selectivity
12% Harvard Business School 46% Average Across All Schools

727 Average GMAT Score
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 9,315
12% 12.0
89% 89
Female
0%
International
0%
Re-Applicants
0%
0%
Top Undergrad Majors
Top 5 Feeder Colleges for Accepted
Importance of Application Elements
  • GMAT Scores Very Important
  • Resume / Work Experience Very Important
  • Application Essay Very Important
  • Interviews Very Important
  • Recommendations Very Important
  • GPA / Undergrad Transcripts Very Important
GMAT Scores
  • All Applicants
  • Accepted
770 to 800
0%
0%
740 to 769
0%
0%
710 to 739
0%
0%
680 to 709
0%
0%
650 to 679
0%
0%
620 to 649
0%
0%
590 to 619
0%
0%
560 to 589
0%
0%
530 to 559
0%
0%
500 to 529
0%
0%
Under 500
0%
0%
English Language Requirements
English Proficiency Required: Yes
Minimum English Proficiency Score: No
Accepted Tests
  • IELTS
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test

Careers: Will I find a job?

Financial Services 27%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 22%
  • Technology 18%
  • Consumer Products 6%
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
93% Harvard Business School 85% Average Across All Schools

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Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
87% 86.5
64% 63.699022556390986
87% Receive Offers
79% 78.7
58% 57.85206896551723
79% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
7% 6.9
21% 21.110859375
7% Receive Offers
11% 10.7
25% 24.93132867132867
11% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
0%
5% 5.492558139534883
0%
7% 7.091818181818181
75% Graduates seeking full-time employment
25% Graduates not seeking employment
Top Employers / Number Hired
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
29% 29.4
$125,107.00
40K 150K
Finance/Accounting
26% 26.1
$131,048.00
50K 300K
General Management
14% 13.8
$115,055.00
32K 225K
Human Resources
1% 1
Data not provided
Marketing/Sales
24% 24.2
$112,612.00
10K 195K
Information Technology
0% 0
Data not provided
Operations/Logistics
1% 1.2
$96,000.00
90K 105K
Other
5% 5
$96,821.00
20K 150K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
22% 21.7
$129,605.00
40K 150K
Consumer Products
6% 6.4
$105,539.00
90K 160K
Financial Services
27% 27.3
$131,927.00
38K 300K
Government
2% 1.6
$92,800.00
88K 110K
Manufacturing
5% 4.6
$116,888.00
75K 140K
Media/Entertainment
4% 4.4
$110,373.00
42K 160K
Non-profit
4% 3.6
$90,755.00
20K 150K
Petroleum/Energy
2% 2.1
$121,938.00
80K 205K
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care
5% 4.9
$119,592.00
32K 225K
Real Estate
2% 1.5
$98,250.00
50K 130K
Technology
18% 18.4
$115,062.00
10K 175K
Other
3% 3.4
$108,440.00
50K 175K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
One Year or Less
-1% -1
Data not provided
More than one year, up to three years
32% 31.5
$117,702.00
10K 240K
More than five years
17% 17.3
$123,001.00
40K 205K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Asia
4% 3.5
$100,053.00
20K 150K
Australia & Oceania
0% 0
Data not provided
Central America & the Caribbean
-1% -1
Data not provided
European Free Trade Zone
8% 8.2
$131,265.00
75K 240K
Non-European Free Trade Zone
0% 0
Data not provided
Middle East & North Africa
1% 1.3
$100,225.00
40K 167K
North America
85% 84.8
$120,865.00
10K 300K
South America
1% 1
$140,333.00
100K 250K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
45% 44.5
$120,884.00
50K 225K
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
5% 5.4
$120,444.00
88K 160K
U.S. South
6% 5.8
$128,750.00
98K 195K
U.S. Southwest
5% 5.4
$126,026.00
92K 175K
U.S. Midwest
9% 8.9
$117,007.00
50K 300K
U.S. West
28% 28.2
$119,232.00
10K 200K
U.S. Possessions/Territories
0% 0
Data not provided
Canada
2% 1.7
$125,556.00
100K 147K
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Average Signing Bonus for Most Recent Graduates
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Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Industry

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Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Job Function

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Top Companies with Interns / Hired
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks
  • Percentage of internships that are paid
Annual Job Searching Trips by the School
  • Energy & Environment Club Career Treks to Bay Area, Boston, and Iceland
  • Social Enterprise Club Career Treks to New York
  • Greater China Club Career Treks to Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou
  • Marketing & CPG Treks to San Francisco and New York

Tuition: Can I afford it?

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $133,961
  • Budget $91,200
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $133,961
  • Budget $91,200
$30,725 Average Scholarship Amount 61% of Students Receive Aid
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Financial Aid
  • Apply for Aid
  • Receive Aid
Students applying for financial aid
68% 68
61% 61
Scholarships
$ $ $ $ $
$30,000,000
Total aid distributed for the upcoming year
Basic scholarships awarded
  • Financial Need
95%
Of first-year institutional scholarship recipients who received at least the same amount for the second year
Loans
  • Loan guarantee policy
  • Max loan guarantee per year
  • Average post-graduation debt $73,926
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Academics: What will I learn?

Students in Core Classes
94 Harvard Business School 44 Average Across All Schools

Top 3 Teaching Methods
Case study
80% 80
Team project
10% 10
Experiential learning
5% 5
Top Areas of Study
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategy
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Concentrations and Specializations
Master Degree Programs
Joint Degree Programs
  • MBA/JD (Law)
  • MBA/MD (Medicine)
  • Other
Requirements for Graduation
  • Students must write a complete business plan
  • Students are required to complete international experience
  • Students must have attended a minimum number of classes
  • Students must complete a company-specific project and present results to relevant parties
Program Logistics
  • Program length (in months) 18
  • Distance learning Yes
Technology Improvements
  • Major IT projects include: Delivery of a new, personalized, content rich Alumni website, the start of CRM replacement for Executive Ed, development of interactive learning tools, games, and simulations; ongoing web and Intranet development introducing enhanced search and responsive designs; new software applications to improve the course selection process in 2nd year MBA; ongoing enhancements to the LMS for MBA and Exec Ed, reinforcement of key infrastructure elements to ensure ongoing access to all vital resources.

Students: Who are my classmates?

34% International Students
41% Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
Student Citizenship
North America
70% 70
Asia
12% 12
Europe Free Trade Zone
7% 7
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Activities
Active Professional Clubs
  • Biotech/Health care
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Law
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/NetImpact
  • E-business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • High Tech
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • New Media
  • Nonprofit
  • VC/ Private Equity
  • Other
Active Networking Clubs
  • Black MBA Association
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
  • Hispanic Student Organization
  • International Club
  • Partners/Family
  • Volunteer
  • Wine
  • Women in MBA
  • Other

Alumni: How strong is my network?

78,000 Living MBA Alumni 48 Countries where alumni clubs exist
109 Active alumni clubs
29% Participating in gift donations Yes Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

Employer data includes graduates and current students.