Harvard Business School - [HBS], Massachusetts, Boston

    Boston, MassachusettsLocation
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    Estd 1908established year

    Harvard Business School: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Harvard Business School is a private graduate business school of Harvard University that is located in Boston, Massachusetts. This renowned institute of the US Education System was established in 1908 and is well known for developing skills and building long-lasting relationships. The school comprises a single campus and offers postgraduate, doctoral, various online programs in the ranging disciplines. 

    Its MBA and executive education programs are highly favored among international students. As of class 2021 data, the total number of MBA enrollment at the institute is 938 that represents 71 countries around the world with Executive Education enrollment being more than 12,600 representing 146 countries worldwide. Admissions at Harvard Business School are offered in 2 rounds in a year with an average acceptance rate of merely 10% which makes it a highly selective institute for studying in the USA.

    Top Courses at Harvard Business School

    The school comprises only a single campus with a total of 36 buildings offering various graduate, doctoral, certificate, and research programs. It also provides various doctoral programs in eight disciplines and several online certificate courses.

    The school offers a 2-year, full-time MBA that focuses on real-world practice. HBS Executive Education has two major programs- Program for Individuals and Program for Organizations. 

    Individual Executive Education includes various courses like the Comprehensive Leadership Program, Topic-focused courses, Regional programs, Virtual programs, Certificate of Management Excellence, Corporate Director Certificate. Its Online Certificate courses offer its students some significant courses like Business Analytics, Disruptive Strategy, Financial Accounting, among others.

    The School also offers several joint degree programs- JD/MBA, MD/MBA, DMD/MBA, MS/MBS, etc- in collaboration with the Harvard University graduate schools. It also conducts summer programs for undergraduates, particularly in the area of management.

    Harvard Business School Rankings

    • The institute stood at #6 in Best Business Schools, 2021 by the U.S News & World Report
    • The school was also ranked at #1 in Management by the U.S News 2021.
    • QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 placed Harvard Business School at #4 worldwide.
    • It stood at #6 in Best Business Schools, 2021 by the U.S News & World Report
    • HBS has a residential, self-contained campus spreading over 40 acres in Boston, beside the Charles River in Massachusetts, USA.
    • The campus has 36 buildings in total. It looks after the issue of Green Sustainability in particular.
    • There are 16 LEED-certified buildings and 47% Greenhouse Gas Reduction as of FY 2018.
    • The Baker Library keeps the preeminent collection of contemporary and historic business information in the world. The library advances the mission of the business school.
    • Bloomberg Center on the ground floor inside the South entrance of the Baker library features newspapers, computer workstations, comfortable seating for patrons etc.
    • The HBS campus environment significantly enriches the educational experience of its students by providing a number of opportunities for interaction with each other as well as with faculty beyond the classroom.
    • The school has 85+ clubs and 200+ leadership positions in the Student Association, where students can enhance their leadership and organizational management experience.
    • Various events are organized by Student Clubs such as workshops, conferences, and speakers for learning, networking, and socializing beyond the classroom.
    • The campus environment basically enriches the educational experience of MBA students and students opting for executive education by providing a large number of opportunities for interaction with one another and with the faculty.

    Harvard Business School Accommodation/Residence

    • The school provides students with numerous housing options in its six residence halls namely, Chase Hall, Gallatin Hall, Hamilton Hall, McCulloch Hall, Morris Hall, and Mellon Hall. 
    • More than 65% of students live on campus either in dorms or apartments provided by HBS Housing and Harvard University Housing.
    • The dorms have one or two-room singles, shared or private bathrooms, lounge areas, or full kitchens. Dorms are connected through tunnels with the other part of the campus.
    • There are several dorms services including high-speed Internet, laundry, dry cleaning, housekeeping, television, and a piano.
    • As the demand for residence halls is very high, on-campus housing is arranged through a lottery system.
    • Students may also choose to live outside of the Business School campus. They can find resources or locate a home or an apartment through the Harvard University Housing facility. These include- Soldiers Field Park, One Western Avenue (both of which located on the HBS campus), 10 Akron Street and Peabody Terrace.
    • Students have to pay rental fees that include the cost of utilities at all complexes and Internet in select locations; also it provides 24-hour maintenance service.
    • Candidates who are interested in private housing, may visit the Other Housing and Resources section of the Harvard University Housing website that includes information about self-service, room, private apartment, and rental housings.

    Harvard Business School Application Process

    International students seeking admissions at the Harvard Business School can follow the below-mentioned admission details.

    Where to apply?

    Application Portal: Visit the admissions page on the official website of the Harvard Business School, USA, and fill the common application form.

    Application Fee: USD 100 (2+2 applicants); USD 250 (non 2+2 applicants)

    Harvard Business School Admission Deadlines

    • Round 1: Closed
    • Round 2: January 5, 2021; Notification: March 30, 2021

    How to apply?

    Basic Admission Requirements: Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of purpose, health certificate, resume for the ones with job experience/prior experience, Visa/passport (if required).

    Student Class Profile: (Total applicants over 2000)

    Harvard Business School Cost of Attendance

    The distribution of expenses in the form of an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US is as mentioned below.

    Nature of Expenses On-Campus Resident 
    Tuition 73,440 USD
    Student Health Fee 1,240 USD
    Student Health Insurance Plan 3,922 USD
    Course and Program Materials Fee 2,550 USD
    Room and Utilities (9 months) 14,130 USD
    Living Expenses (9 months) 15,820 USD

    Scholarships/Financial Aid for International Students

    • A large number of scholarships are available for international students to study in the US. and the applicants are required to apply for any of the scholarships they are eligible for at the time of applying to this business school.
    • Several scholarships, fellowships, awards, grants, loans, aids, career support, and exploration, etc. are offered to students by the school.

    Financial Aid Package for International Students

    HBS Scholarship The average HBS Scholarship is around 40,000 USD per year or 80,000 USD in total;
    On being admitted to the Harvard Business School, all students can apply to this scholarship.
    Summer Fellowships Summer Fellows receive around 650 USD per week and may also be a part of a peer exchange network of students who are committed to a similar goal.
    Loans Different types of interest-free loan options are available to students who are financially weak to support them in their studies.

    Some studentships that applicants at the institute can avail are as mentioned below.

    • Rock Center Loan Reduction for Entrepreneurs: One-time need-based award in the range of 5,000-20,000 USD for those MBA graduates pursuing their own entrepreneurial ventures
    • Loan Reduction for Private Sector Employees: One-time need-based loan reduction in the range of 5,000-15,000 USD at the time of graduation
    • Search Fund Fellowship: Financial aid up to 50,000 USD per year for graduating students to pursue self-funded research

    Harvard Business School Notable Alumni

    • Alumni of the Harvard Business School are offered numerous lucrative advantages which include access to the offers made by the Credit Union of the college, Alumni Select, free access to library and health & fitness services, and many more.
    • A few notable alumni of the Harvard Business School, USA are as follows:
      • Ratan Tata: Indian Industrialist
      • Michael Porter: American Academic
      • Michael Bloomberg: Former Mayor of the New York City
      • John Kotter: Professor
      • George W. Bush: 43rd US President

    Harvard Business School Placements

    The school organizes various career fairs for its students like Fall Career Fair, Startup Career Fair, Workshops, Creative Industries Career Fair, Placement Test, Teacher-Recruitment Fair, Career Link, Career Assessment Activities, and numerous more which facilitate students in getting decent jobs.

    HBS graduates generally move on to research and teaching positions leading business schools and universities around the world. Some choose careers as advisors of top corporations, in various other organizations like non-profits, health care, retail, entertainment, manufacturing etc. or sets up their own ventures. Career & Professional Development team provides students with personalized career advice.

    There are 55 career coaches, 150 alumni career programs, and 600 recruiting partners for MBA graduates. Around 77.3% of graduates of the institute are employed at Graduation. HBS also offers several summer internships and entrepreneurial resources to its students.

    As per the statistics available on the official website of the institute, it can be said that students graduating from this deemed business school may receive an average salary of 1,20,000 USD.

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    Harvard Business School Overview

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    $73,440 / Year

    Harvard Business School comparison

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    # 3 Bloomberg 2019
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    exam scoreIELTS - 8
    TOEFL - 114.5
    PTE - 82.5
    GMAT - 765
    TOEFL - 109
    IELTS - 7.5
    GMAT - 725
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   ARS 73440
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    placement (average package)

    Top recruiters: A.T. Kearney, Amazon, Amazon Studios, American Express, Alpine Investors, Bayshore Global Management, EY-Parthenon, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, YouTube, Yelp, Xandr, Xiaomi.

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Post Graduate Program
    $73,440 / Year
    On Campus
    $16,700 / Year
    $6,310 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

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    Business Programs
    Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


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    Academy Ranking of World Universities

    Ranked #4

    Business (International)

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    Financial Times

    Ranked #1

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    College Rating

    Based on 18 Students Rating

    8.4 out of 10
    8.8/10Social Life


    7.5 /10

    I heard about this short term accounting course from one of my friend who was pursuing his masters from this university. After researching about the advantages and disadvantages of this course, I chose this. Academic eligibility criteria was quite normal here to get admission.

    Course Curriculum :

    In my course curriculum, I had flexible option to choose like business accounting, cost benefit analysis, environmental accounting, financial accounting etc. In total It was a great combination which matches the today's professional level in the USA. Moreover I was taught about key accounting concepts and principles to illuminate financial statements.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.0 /10

    I had applied to several universities and also got acceptance letter from many of them. The admission process here was quite of moderate level, I cracked it without giving any additional stress on my regular studies. The online application cost was $80.

    Course Curriculum :

    As usually In my MBA course, I was having the one of the best course structure of business management, in both analytical and theoretical aspects. Although I found it a little bit difficult in the initial stage but I managed it later.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 extracurricular
    7.5 /10

    In order to explore the many offerings—from multi-week comprehensive leadership programs to short, topic-focused learning experiences. I opted for a program here as they offers a challenging curriculum, a global perspective, and eminently practical solutions to business challenges. After securing a GPA of 8, I had to submit a common application and pay $100 as the application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    MY HBS program provides advanced learning that helps us expand our business management and leadership skills—and our career potential. The CME is awarded to those who complete three programs in the areas of strategy, negotiation and innovation, and leadership.

    7 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    7.7 /10

    Here, I'll be fully immersed in a transformational living-learning experience, networking with executives from around the world, and engaging in programs led by experienced HBS faculty. It's a holistic experience that will enrich my career—and my life. After securing a GPA of 6.8, I was required to submit an online application form for $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    Having a strong grasp of the latest financial concepts and practices helps us in enhancing our success in any role. Explore capital markets, private equity, corporate investing, and accurate valuation of companies and services. Nonspecialists gain a new ability to assess the financial implications of business decisions and collaborate with colleagues in finance.

    7 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.8 /10

    After completing my bachelor's in management, I went to a Consulting agency in Delhi and their recommended meets University. After a long discussion with my parents, I decided to shift to the UK and pursue my course from there, therefore,e I was required to pay an application fee and apply through the online portal of college.

    Course Curriculum :

    In my course, I was taught about management from a very basic level to an advanced level. I was taught about the various way to handle the business and the tough situations of the business.

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    Dillon House, Boston, MA 02163

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