The Harvard MBA deadlines for the 2020-2021 admissions season are presented in the table below.
The Harvard Business School admissions committee is operating on two rounds of deadlines this year for applicants hoping to join the HBS Class of 2023.
To be considered for a round, applicants must submit their applications (including recommendations) by 12:00 PM Eastern Time on the day of each deadline. Applications received after noon on September 8th will be considered in Round 1. Those received after noon on January 5th will not be considered at all.
|Round||Application Deadline||Decision Notification|
|Round 1||September 8, 2020||December 10, 2020|
|Round 2||January 5, 2021||March 30, 2021|
Harvard has not yet announced its 2020-2021 deadline for the HBS 2 + 2 program, which allows college students to secure a spot at HBS prior to gaining pre-MBA work experience. We’ll post the deadline and corresponding notification date here once the admissions committee shares that information. For reference and planning purposes, the 2019-2020 deadline originally fell in late April (it was pushed to June 1, 2020 due to COVID-19).
A complete HBS MBA application comprises a complete online application form, unofficial transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework (official transcripts are required after acceptance), a valid GMAT or GRE score, a response to the required essay, a current resume, two recommendations, signed acceptance of HBS policies, and the $250 application fee (the fee for current college students is $100).
Candidates who attended an undergraduate institution where English was not the sole language of instruction must also submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores to demonstrate English language proficiency.
When Does HBS Issue Interview Invitations?
Harvard Business School conducts interviews by invitation only. And of course, the admissions committee notes that if invited, applicants must interview to receive an offer of admission. The admissions team notes that MBA interviews are 30 minutes long, and are conducted by an admissions team member who is familiar with the candidate’s application.
HBS does not provide information about when they will issue interview invitations. However, we can make some guesses about when candidates might hear based on past applicants’ updates to our MBA Livewire tool.
Looking at the past two admissions seasons, Harvard tends to begin issuing Round 1 interview invitations in the first days of October, and continues throughout that month. Meanwhile, the earliest Round 2 interview invitation reports come through LiveWire in the last days of January or the first days of February, and continue into early March.