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Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
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NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
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Chicago Booth | Mr. Chile Real Estate
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Yale | Mr. Sustainability Manager
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NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
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Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
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NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
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Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
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Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance
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Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
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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.


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


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.”


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.