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May 22, 2015

Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

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Harvard Business School’s 2015-2016 MBA application essay was announced last week. This is a new prompt for this admissions season; whereas applicants were previously invited to share something with the admissions committee that didn’t appear elsewhere in their applications, they are now asked to introduce themselves to their sections: the 90 students with whom they will take all of their first-year MBA classes. Further, whereas the HBS essay has been technically optional for the past two years (even though virtually every applicant chose to respond, according to a blog post from Admissions Director Dee Leopold), the adcom has reverted to a required response this season.

While the imagined audience for this essay is different from that of past year, there are some elements of the new prompt that are consistent with previous seasons. There is still no stated word limit for this response, and the program continues to urge applicants not to “overthink, overcraft and overwrite.” The program also asks that candidates take care to “answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.” This last directive makes particular sense in the context of addressing one’s section, the members of whom will come from a range of countries and industries. (Although, for the record, writing in accessible language will be a good idea for all of your MBA application essays). Continue reading…

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May 20, 2015

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May 18, 2015

Harvard Business School Aims to Become “Go-To Place” on Gender Issues

HBSHarvard Business School (HBS) wants to help the world understand gender-related matters as never before—so today it launched a brand-new Gender Initiative designed to promote gender equity in the business world and society as a whole.

“Harvard Business School and its faculty have been leaders in defining the roles and functions of business, as well as effective business practice,” Dean Nitin Nohria said in a statement. “With the launch of this initiative, we want to have a similar and lasting impact on the way the world understands and acts upon gender-related matters.” Continue reading…

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May 15, 2015

Harvard Business School 2015-2016 Essay Topics

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009a2Harvard Business School has released its essay topic for the 2015-2016 application season.

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting. Continue reading…

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May 14, 2015

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May 13, 2015

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May 8, 2015

Earning an MBA Becomes More Family Friendly

women1-744x200Learn more about initiatives at leading business schools to become more family friendly, including a range of programs to support MBAs who are also moms, in this piece published today on MetroMBA.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom MBAs from Clear Admit!

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May 7, 2015

Stanford GSB, Wharton, CBS Post Class of 2018 Admissions Deadlines

deadlineDeadlines, essays and word count, oh my. The Class of 2018 application season is officially in full swing with multiple schools—including Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Columbia School of Business—revealing details about the requirements applicants will face.

Stanford GSB shared this week on its website that its Round 1 deadline for the 2016-17 application cycle will be September 22nd, nine days earlier than last year. Applicants who apply in the first round will receive decisions on December 9th. The school’s Round 2 deadline will be January 12th, with a decision notification date of March 30th. Round 3’s deadline will be April 5th, and applicants in that final round will hear back from the school on May 11th. Continue reading…

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May 5, 2015

HBS Looks Ahead to Next Application Season

300px-Inside_a_Harvard_Business_School_classroomDon’t worry—if you’re applying to Harvard Business School (HBS) in Round 3, you haven’t missed the deadline. It’s next week, May 13th. But the school’s admissions committee is already thinking about the Class of 2018, according to a recent post by Director of Admissions Dee Leopold.

If you are a prospective applicant also thinking about the Class of 2018 at HBS, some words of advice from Leopold: “I would encourage any potential Round One applicant who would like to see the case method in action to come now since class visits in the fall don’t begin until after the September deadline.” Class visits continue through mid-May, and there is still sign up availability, she notes. Continue reading…

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Apr 30, 2015

Harvard Business School Wants Its Business Fundamentals Course to Be Law of the Land

hbx coreHarvard Business School (HBS) today announced that the online business fundamentals course it launched last year will now be available to entering students at Harvard Law School. Today’s announcement follows on the heels of an announcement yesterday that HBS would likewise make its signature online business fundamentals course, known as HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe), available to undergraduate students at nearby Amherst College, with plans in place to roll it out to additional undergraduate institutions in the future. HBX CORe has been available to Harvard College undergraduates since last year.

CORe, says HBS, uses the HBS signature case-based method to teach participants the key concepts of business. As in an HBS classroom, CORe classes require active participation and social learning. Three individual courses make up the HBX CORe core offering: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. Continue reading…

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Apr 30, 2015

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