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Last Updated May 18, 2017 by

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Harvard Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its MBA essay question for the 2017-2018 application season. For the second year running, HBS asks applicants to expand on their overall application. The school is also maintaining its post-interview reflection, which will require those who reach the interview stage to submit... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2016 by

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its essay question for the 2016-2017 application season.  This year’s prompt hearkens back to the essay from 2014-2015, again asking applicants for what else would pique the admissions committee’s interest outside of the other application materials. The school has also still... Read more »

Last Updated May 22, 2015 by

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

Harvard Business School’s 2015-2016 MBA application essay was announced last week. This is a new prompt for this admissions season; whereas applicants were previously invited to share something with the admissions committee that didn’t appear elsewhere in their applications, they are now asked to introduce themselves to their sections: the 90 students... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 16, 2014 by

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its essay question for the 2014-2015 application season.  Unchanged from last year, this prompt asks applicants to write only one essay, with no word limit given.  HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold has suggested that some applicants may not even find the essay necessary... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 3, 2013 by

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its essay question for the 2013-2014 application season.  This year’s prompt once again represents a marked departure from HBS’s previous application sets; while candidates were previously required to answer two essays totaling 800 words and complete a 500-character “why MBA” statement,... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2012 by

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2012-2013

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released their essay questions for the 2012-2013 application season.  This year’s questions represent a marked departure from those of last year; while applicants previously had to answer four essays totaling 2,000 words, HBS now asks applicants to write only two essays of... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 12, 2011 by

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Clear Admit Provides Essay Analysis for Beat the GMAT’s “Write Like an Expert” Series

Clear Admit and Beat The GMAT (BTG) are working together to provide prospective applicants with detailed analysis of the essay questions from nine of the top business school programs as part of BTG’s 2011 “Write Like an Expert” series. The free series of online events debuts next Tuesday and Wednesday... Read more »

Last Updated May 12, 2011 by

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Analysis of Harvard Business School Essay 3: Why do you want an MBA?

Why do you want an MBA? (400 words) A variation of the standard career goals essayrequired by many business schools, this essay is actually a new addition for HBS this year.  While an inquiry about applicants’ “career visions” had been among the school’s essay options over the past few seasons,... Read more »

Last Updated May 11, 2011 by

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

For the 2011-2012 admissions season, HBS applicants will need to respond to a total of four essay questions.  Unlike the past few years in which applicants had some choice about what essay questions to respond to, this year applicants must respond to all of the questions provided.  Similarly to prior... Read more »

Last Updated May 10, 2011 by

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Analysis of Harvard Business School Essay 4: Answer a question you wish we’d asked.

Answer a question you wish we’d asked. (400 words) Making a return to the HBS application after a years-long absence, this question provides candidates a chance to explore an important aspect of their candidacy not mentioned in their data forms, resume, or other essay responses. For applicants from oversubscribed groups... Read more »

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