2023-2024 Harvard Business School MBA Application Deadlines

An overview of HBS' recently announced deadlines, application requirements, and decision deadlines for the 2023-2024 MBA application cycle.

Posted January 10, 2024

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Navigating the complex landscape of business school applications can often be a daunting task. With the reputation of Harvard Business School as a lighthouse for aspiring business leaders, staying informed about these crucial deadlines can be the difference between a missed opportunity and a transformative educational experience. Read on as we break down the just-released MBA deadlines for the 2023-2024 application cycle.

2023-2024 HBS Application Deadlines

Round 1: September 6, 2023

  • Decisions Released: December 6, 2023

Round 2: January 3, 2024

  • Decisions Released: March 27, 2024

2+2 Deferred MBA: April 25, 2024

*Please note that all applications received after September 6, 2023 will be considered Round 2. Applications received after January 3, 2024 will not be considered. HBS stresses that the application round is a distinct period in which you can apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You can only apply for one round each application year.

Which Application Round Should You Apply To?

The general rule of thumb is that the earlier you apply, the better. More spots are available in Round 1 than Round 2, and Round 2 than Round 3. Also, applying in Round 1 shows a greater commitment to HBS as many applicants apply to their top-choice schools in the earlier rounds. However, if applying later means significantly improving your application, then it may be the wiser choice.

Still not sure which round is right for you? Read An Overview of the MBA Admissions Rounds: When to Apply to Business School.

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HBS MBA Application Overview (2023-2024)

In order to apply to HBS, you will need the following materials. This may differ slightly if you are a reapplicant, joint degree applicant, or deferred MBA applicant.

  • Transcripts
    • Candidates must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Some degrees from international universities that offer three-year baccalaureate degrees are valid as well.
    • At the time of application, you can upload unofficial transcripts but you’ll need to submit an official copy upon an offer of admission.
  • Standardized test scores
    • If you are applying for R1, you must have taken the GMAT or GRE on or between September 6, 2018 and September 6, 2023. If you are applying for Round 2, you must have taken one of them on or between January 3, 2019 and January 3, 2024.
    • Next, read GMAT vs. GRE: Which to Take and How to Ace Both
  • TOEFL/IELTS/Pearson Test of English/Duolingo English Test
    • One of these tests is required if you did not attend an undergraduate institution where the sole language of instruction is English. If you completed a graduate degree in English, it’s recommended that you submit one, but not required.
  • Essay
    • HBS only has one essay prompt for the Class of 2026 application: As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?
    • Read: A Guide to the HBS Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Fee
    • There is a non-refundable application fee of $250. 2+2 applicants have a reduced fee of $100.
  • Interview + Post-Interview Reflection
    • Interviews are by invitation only; it is a positive indicator but not a guarantee of admission.
    • Within 24 hours of the interview, candidates are required to submit a written reflection through the online application system.
    • Head to: How to Ace the HBS MBA Interview

To continue on your HBS MBA application journey, read Harvard Business School–MBA Program and Application Overview and How I Got Into Harvard Business School With Low Test Scores.

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