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Profile Data from 2014

Quick Stats

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  • Avg GMAT (Admitted Students)
    727
  • Program Cost
    $140,511
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Yield
    89%
  • Selectivity
    12%
  • Job Offers
    93%
  • Average Salary
    $127,236
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
Contact Information
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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

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HBS offers incredible academics, brand, networking, facilities and the like. That is unquestionable. However, the social experience at HBS is unparalleled. It is so intense and fast-paced that it fast forwards and accelerates your personal development by a few years. Coming out of HBS, I am more centered, balanced, focused, tolerant, thoughtful, ethical, and articulate. I also met some of my best friends here, had some of the greatest memories with them and traveled the world. Thank you HBS.

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About Harvard University

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
  • Applied
  • Accepted
Average Score
0% 0
91% 727
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 9,543
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% 0
740 to 769
0%
0% 0
710 to 739
0%
0% 0
680 to 709
0%
0% 0
650 to 679
0%
0% 0
620 to 649
0%
0% 0
590 to 619
0% 0
0% 0
560 to 589
0%
0% 0
530 to 559
0%
0% 0
500 to 529
0%
0% 0
Under 500
0% 0
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 33%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 23%
  • Technology 17%
  • Pharma/Biotech/Health Care 5%
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
93% Harvard Business School 83% Average Across All Schools

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Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
88% 88
61% 60.97325153374234
88% Receive Offers
77% 76.9
56% 55.69710982658959
77% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
5% 5.2
22% 21.9117610062893
5% Receive Offers
13% 12.5
25% 25.424767441860464
13% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
0%
3% 3.0
0%
11% 11.25
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% 28.9
$126,726.00
50K 205K
Finance/Accounting
32% 31.6
$138,738.00
30K 300K
General Management
13% 12.7
$113,936.00
38K 200K
Human Resources
0% 0.3
Data not provided
Marketing/Sales
22% 21.7
$118,058.00
30K 200K
Information Technology
0% 0
Data not provided
Operations/Logistics
1% 0.8
$179,000.00
115K 360K
Other
4% 3.9
$121,848.00
75K 175K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
23% 23.2
$130,384.00
55K 205K
Consumer Products
5% 5.2
$102,914.00
30K 148K
Financial Services
33% 32.6
$139,777.00
30K 300K
Government
1% 0.5
Data not provided
Manufacturing
3% 2.9
$121,715.00
80K 170K
Media/Entertainment
3% 3.2
$130,556.00
100K 360K
Non-profit
3% 2.7
$94,375.00
70K 150K
Petroleum/Energy
2% 1.7
$135,000.00
112K 190K
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care
5% 5.4
$113,693.00
38K 200K
Real Estate
2% 2
$114,167.00
60K 170K
Technology
17% 17.1
$120,391.00
50K 190K
Other
4% 3.7
$117,682.00
65K 175K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
One Year or Less
0% 0
Data not provided
More than one year, up to three years
21% 21.1
$121,284.00
50K 250K
More than five years
24% 23.9
$128,986.00
30K 360K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Asia
5% 4.6
$103,319.90
30K 165K
Australia & Oceania
0% 0.2
Data not provided
Central America & the Caribbean
0% 0.2
Data not provided
European Free Trade Zone
6% 5.5
$139,152.00
65K 260K
Non-European Free Trade Zone
1% 0.5
Data not provided
Middle East & North Africa
2% 1.8
$110,909.00
50K 145K
North America
85% 85.4
$128,644.00
30K 360K
South America
1% 1
$94,137.00
67K 115K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
47% 46.5
$131,009.00
30K 360K
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
5% 5.4
$125,167.00
90K 170K
U.S. South
4% 4.3
$122,476.00
80K 142K
U.S. Southwest
6% 6.2
$125,719.00
60K 180K
U.S. Midwest
10% 9.7
$128,373.00
96K 300K
U.S. West
26% 26.4
$127,324.00
70K 225K
U.S. Possessions/Territories
0% 0
Data not provided
Canada
2% 1.6
$123,596.00
100K 142K
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Average Signing Bonus for Most Recent Graduates
Other Income for Most Recent Graduates

Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Industry

5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation

Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Job Function

5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
5-10 years post-graduation
10-20 years post-graduation
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 and Environment Club trek to Boston, San Francisco, Iceland, Los Angeles and New York City
  • Investment Club treak to London, New York City, San Francisco and Omaha
  • Tech Club trek to New York City, San Francisco, and Boston
  • Greater China Club trek to Beijing and Shanghai, China

Tuition: Can I afford it?

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $140,511
  • Budget $25,507
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $140,511
  • Budget $25,507
$32,000 Average Scholarship Amount 61% of Students Receive Aid
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Financial Aid
  • Apply for Aid
  • Receive Aid
Students applying for financial aid
73% 73
61% 61
Scholarships
$ $ $ $ $
$31,500,000
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 $78,991
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Academics: What will I learn?

Students in Core Classes
94 Harvard Business School 43 Average Across All Schools

Top 3 Teaching Methods
Case study
80% 80
Team project
10% 10
Experiential learning
5% 5
Top Areas of Study
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • 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

Students: Who are my classmates?

35% International Students
41% Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
Student Citizenship
North America
68% 68
Asia
11% 11
Europe Free Trade Zone
7% 7
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Activities
Active Professional Clubs
  • Biotech/Health care
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Investment Banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Nonprofit
  • VC/ Private Equity
  • Other
Active Networking Clubs
  • Black or African-American students
  • LGBT students
  • Hispanic or Latino/a students
  • International students
  • Partners and families of students
  • Women students
  • Other

Alumni: How strong is my network?

80,917 Living MBA Alumni 48 Countries where alumni clubs exist
106 Active alumni clubs
No Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

Employer data includes graduates and current students.