Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Ms. CPA To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Michelin Man
GMAT 780, GPA 8.46/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Airline Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Latino Banker
GRE 332, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Lean Manufacturing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Native Norwegian
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Tuck | Mr. First Gen Student
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Go-Getter
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Global Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Social Impact To Tech
GMAT -, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD Explorer
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Automotive Project Manager
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Honor Roll Student
GRE 320, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Social Entrepreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.0

Harvard Business School 2019-2020 MBA Deadlines

Harvard Business School’s iconic Baker Library

Harvard Business School says it is keeping MBA application deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle to just two rounds again, preferring not to have a third and final round for the second year in a row. The school moved up its round one cutoff by a day to Sept. 4th of 2019, while it moved back its round two deadline by two days to Jan. 6.

Last year, Chad Losee, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, eliminated the school’s third round. With more and more MBA candidates filing their applications in the first and second rounds, he thought an extra round wasn’t really needed, anymore.

The essay question for applicants to Harvard’s MBA program also remains unchanged for the sixth year in a row:  “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?” That question originally debuted for the 2013-2014 admissions season.

2019-2020 HBS APPLICATION DEADLINES

RoundDateInterview NoticesFinal Decisions
Round 1Sept. 4, 2019NADec. 10, 2019
Round 2Jan. 6, 2020NAMarch 31, 2020
2+2 RoundApril 24, 2020NAJune 5, 2020

‘HBS LIKES ITS TWO-ROUND SYSTEM OR IT WOULD HAVE GONE BACK TO THREE ROUNDS’

Round 1 applicants will get final decisions from HBS on Dec. 10th, while round 2 candidates will hear back from the school if they were interviewed on March 31st. Harvard did not disclose when it would send out interview invites or dings to candidates who failed to gain an admissions interview. The deadline for the school’s deferred admissions program,  2+2, will be April 24th, with final decisions sent out on June 5. The application is online.

“HBS likes its two-round system or it would have gone back to three rounds, which it had prior to the 2018-19 cycle,” says Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted.com, a leading MBA admissions firm. Her other early takeaways: “>It likes its essay question and has used it for several years now. The lack of essay limit is an opportunity for applicants to show judgment as well as communications ability, or the lack of both. HBS is interested in that information. The short answers and form fields reflect what Harvard to know, and they are a critical part of the applicant’s narrative.”

As Accepted consultant Libby Angst, who says she had three out of four clients accepted to HBS this year, advises “Maximizing every inch of real estate on the HBS application makes all the difference. Applicants who approach the application strategically and make use of all elements enhance their chance of acceptance. Those who treat those short answer boxes as an afterthought are making a big mistake.”

DON’T MISS: 2018-2019 MBA APPLICATION DEADLINES or MBA ESSAY QUESTIONS FROM TWO DECADES AGO: WHAT TOP SCHOOLS WERE ASKING

About The Author

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.