Navigating Harvard’s MBA Application

With Harvard Business School’s Round One deadline less than a month away, it’s certainly a timely exercise to show applicants how to navigate through the school’s online application.

So we enlisted the help of a prominent MBA admissions consultant and a Harvard MBA, Betsy Massar of Master Admissions, to take applicants through the process step-by-step. She examines the quirks and potential pitfalls that could sidetrack an applicant.

The more general advice?

1. Start by reading through the entire online application–without typing anything in those annoying little boxes.

2. Gather all your GMAT and employment data to fill in at the same time.

3. Don’t craft substantive answers in the text boxes. Use your Word program or pen and paper to assure your answers are as good as they can be.

4. Take advantage of these opportunities to tell the truth about yourself.

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About the Author...

John A. Byrne

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.