MBA Admissions: Harvard Business School & Management

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HBSA quick glance at Harvard Business School: HBS currently ranks in first place (tied with Stanford) as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It was ranked #1 in management.

Harvard Business School Class of 2014 Profile

8,963 people applied to Harvard Business School in 2012; 13% were admitted and 919 enrolled.

The Harvard class of 2014 students have an average age of 27 and a median GMAT score of 730. 43% of students have educational backgrounds in economics and business, to make that the most common educational background in the HBS class.

HBS Academics Related to Management

The Harvard Business School curriculum is divided into two parts: the required curriculum (RC) and the elective curriculum (EC). Students spend their first year taking RC courses which cover fundamental business practices, as well as FIELD courses, smaller, hands-on projects that complement the case-method style used in all RC courses.

Term 1 Required Courses:

  • Finance 1
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
  • Technology and Operations Management

Term 2 Required Courses:

  • Business, Government, and the International Economy
  • Strategy
  • The Entrepreneurial Manager
  • Finance 2
  • Leadership and Corporate Accountability

Elective courses enable students to delve deeper into the subject areas that most interest them.

Here is a sampling of the many courses offered at HBS that could be of interest to a manager and organizational leader:

Acting in Time: Strategy and Leadership in the face of Large-Scale Risks

Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise

Different (formerly known as Consumer Marketing)

Doing Business in China

Entrepreneurial Solutions for Market Failure

General Management: Processes and Action

Introduction to Financial Institutions

Leading And Governing High Performing Nonprofit Organizations

Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Legal Aspects of Management

Managing Change

Managing the Financial Firm

The Moral Leader in Literature, Film, and Art

Power and Glory in Turbulent Times: The History of Leadership from Henry V to Mark Zuckerberg

Field-based leadership courses, which count towards elective credits, include the following management courses:

Field Course: Entrepreneurial Solutions for Market Failure
Field Course: Health Care Computer Assisted Innovations
Field Course: Innovating in Health Care
Field Course: Impact Investing
Field Course: Planning Your Business in China
Field Course: Social Innovation Lab

In addition to the above, students may also choose to participate in the Immersion Experience Program (IXP). Projects in IXP are off-campus, experiential learning opportunities and have an international component. Here are the IXP’s scheduled for 2013:

  • China: Current Challenges, Future Opportunities
  • China: Healthcare in China—Opportunities in Innovation and Integration
  • China: Understanding China's Business Environment
  • Japan: Innovating for Relief; Organizational Strategy Post-Disaster
  • Peru: Inclusive Growth
  • South Africa: Innovating for Sustainability in an Emerging Market

Management Research Centers and Initiatives at Harvard

Extracurricular Clubs, Activities, and Competitions for HBS Entrepreneurship Students

Management Stats at Harvard Business School

11% of the class of 2012 graduates secured jobs with a general management function. That percentage is broken down further as follows: general management, 7%; manufacturing/operations, <1%; project management, 2%; other general management, <2%.

For internships, 9% of class of 2012 students obtained general management positions, with 3% in general management, 2% in manufacturing/operations, and 3% in project management.

Many students who focus on general management take a position in strategy consulting upon completing their MBA. Others become managers or go into rotational leadership programs at major corporations and conglomerates.

To see the broad array of companies recruiting at HBS, please see HBS Recruiting Partners.

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