It is a frequently asked question – how to get into Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA Program. It is an uphill task to get into the Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA Program. And the uphill tasks are difficult but not impossible. You need not be a superhuman to be into the HBS MBA Program.
Here in this article we are going to talk about what makes you special for this accomplished business. The strong brand and influence of the HBS (Harvard Business School) is a result of the accomplishments of its students. Hence, no need to get bogged down by its aura. If the school sees value in you, it will surely come running to you and say YES!
So without any further ado, let us discuss the 7 steps on how you can get into the Harvard Business School in detail.
STEP 1 – START AN EARLY RESEARCH
If you really want to get into the Harvard Business School, you must start your research at least 1 year before you plan to apply. The deadline for the Round 1 application for the Harvard Business School MBA class of 2021 is September 5, 2018. And for the Round 2 application, the deadline is January 4, 2019.
So, what sort of research will you need to do? Well, there are 2 kinds of research that you’ll have to do:
1. External Research
2. And Internal Research
So for these rounds you must start you research by August or September 2017.
The Harvard Business School (HBS) eliminates the third round of MBA application.
STEP 2 – RESEARCH EXTERNAL FACTORS
Before starting this research be prepared to feel overwhelmed which is quite normal. Keep you calm and remember those who eventually got an admission into the Harvard Business School started just like you.
HBS WEBSITE RESEARCH
You must start with Harvard Business School’s website. Look for the program you are planning to apply for (2- year MBA, executive program, HBX, Doctoral programs). See the facts and figures of their MBA program, Alumni, research and their campus & culture. HBS boasts about their diverse classrooms.
LINKEDIN RESEARCH
Visit the profile of the ones who made to the Harvard Business School and there is a possibility that you might feel less accomplished as compared to them. Just aspire to be better than them, it is never too to begin.
STEP 3 – RESEARCH INTERNAL FACTORS
Here the internal factors imply introspection. But stay away from distractions. Pen down all the thoughts you come across and these will be like proverbial breadcrumbs which led you to where you are today. Jot down your smallest accomplishments and achievements and do it every day for a few minutes.
STEP 4 – THINK LIKE HBS’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE – TRY TO INDENTIFY THE GAPS
The admission committee of the Harvard Business School wants a student who can not only get in but also get through their MBA program. In order to get an admit in Harvard Business School or any other top business school, you should –
1. Understand the various factors considered in the application.
2. Consider the weightage of all those factors in the application.
3. What are the factors under your control, the changeable and unchangeable factors?
4. Work on the factors which are still under your control.
STEP 5 – FOCUS ON THE GAPS IN YOUR ADMISSION APPLICATION
Let us compare the changeable and unchangeable factors and see how much of them are still under your control.
In the process of MBA application, there will be several factors that are not under you control now but whopping 56% is still within your immediate control – GMAT, essays, interview and recommendation letters. You should try to put your best foot forward as far as these factors are concerned.
STEP 6 – PREPARE AND ACE THE GMAT
Your GMAT score counts for 22 per cent weight-age (16% for total GMAT score + 6% for GMAT quant score) in your application. A majority of students need 3 months of prep time to achieve a 740 plus score. Make sure to set a target which is 20+ more than the average GMAT scores. For the Harvard Business School, it is 731.
STEP 7 – APPLY TO HARVARD BUSINESS MBA PROGRAM
There are 3 steps in the application process
1. Written Application
• You need to prepare the following
• Transcripts
• GMAT/GRE Score
• TOEFL or IELTS or Pearson Test of English (PTE) – Make sure you get a TOEFL score above 109 on the iBT, an IELTS score higher than 7.5, or a PTE score above 75.
• Resume
• Acceptance of policies
• Fee
2. Interview
• After submitting your application to the Harvard Business School, it will be reviewed, and you may be invited for an interview by the HBS admission committee.
3. Post – Interview reflection
• You are required to submit a written reflection via the online application system of Harvard Business School within 24 hours of your interview.
REMEMBER, Harvard Business School is just one of the top business schools. The only thing that matters is that you increase the value of the business school you join and learn new things to your heart’s content.
In long term you will realise that getting into Harvard Business School was just a part of a larger goal of your life. So, let’s get going with step 1 of ‘How to get into Harvard Business School.’