The Harvard MBA - Harvard University

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Harvard's MBA program is among the best-known, most prestigious and most sought-after in the world.
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Key Admission Stats – Harvard MBA:
Average GPA of admits: 3.67
Average GMAT of admits: 730
Average Age of admits: 27

Tips for applying for a Harvard MBA:

  • Harvard’s primary concern is leadership. The school is for leadership potential, and not necessarily leadership per se. Contact us for help highlighting your leadership potential in your Harvard application.

  • Harvard is particularly interested in 'Leadership without Authority'- your ability to influence, motivate, initiate and convince others to effect change without being in a traditional leadership position.

  • Have a generalist viewpoint – it’s better to be good at many things than to be extraordinarily good at just one thing (unless that one thing happens to be leadership).

  • Harvard is very fond of military leaders.

  • The school values competitive drive, diversity, and action-oriented, rather than academically-oriented, individuals.

  • It is best to avoid waiting until round three to apply.

  • Harvard is opening up to younger candidates with less experience.


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What is Harvard Looking for in a Candidate?
See what traits make you more likely to get accepted into Harvard’s MBA Program.

Trait Importance (5 is highest, 1 is lowest)
Leader/Manager 5
Team Player/Relationship Builder 2
Smart 3
Initiates 2
International/Cultural 1
Creative 2
Presentation Skills 3
Persuasion Skills 3
Community/Society 2
Risk Taker 2
Business Skills 1
Source of career plan/prog choice 1
Promotions 2
Credible Names 2
Story is unique 1

Vocaz has developed this information through Vocaz employees who worked with the Harvard MBA admissions committee, thousands of hours of research, and by helping hundreds of applicants apply to Harvard University. Vocaz knows Harvard, and we can help your strengths shine through your application. Contact us today.


Harvard MBA – Areas of Academic Strength:
General Management, Nonprofit


The Harvard MBA Culture - Common Perceptions:

  • Strict rules, serious atmosphere

  • Amazing campus and facilities


Advantages of the Harvard MBA:

  • Harvard has one of the strongest and largest alumni networks in the world

  • The program relies heavily on case-study method

  • Harvard is the world’s most prestigious business school


What else is special about the Harvard MBA?

Harvard offers a supplemental need-based fellowship program for international and domestic students who accept jobs in the private sector with salaries below the MBA average.


Vocaz's Clients and the Harvard MBA:
Students who submitted their applications through Vocaz have had a 36% higher admission rate than Harvard MBA’s average admissions. Our clients have also received scholarships of up to $65,000 towards the Harvard MBA program. Contact us to start working on your Harvard MBA application.


More About Harvard University’s MBA Program:
Harvard consistently appears at the top of business school rankings. Founded in 1908, it is the third-oldest MBA program worldwide and the largest in the United States, with about 1,800 students. 
Its main academic strength is general management and strategy. In addition, Harvard is considered strong in marketing and non-profit management.
The main quality Harvard seeks in a candidate is leadership potential, defined as the ability to influence, persuade and take initiative.
Harvard pioneered the case-study method of pedagogy, which has now spread to the overwhelming majority of business schools internationally, which quite often use Harvard's original case studies.
The program boasts a general management orientation with a unique emphasis on leadership. Its alumni network boasts 41,000 graduates of legendary power and prestige.
Harvard has a preference for relatively young candidates, and recently launched its 2+2 program, which allows college seniors to gain entry into the MBA program and then embark on two years of HBS-approved professional work experience before entering the program.
Notable alumni of Harvard Business School include George W. Bush (43rd president of the United States), Robert McNamara (former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former President of the World Bank), Fritz Henderson (former President and CEO of General Motors), Robert Selander (President and CEO of MasterCard), David Nelms (Chairman and CEO of Discover Financial Services), and James McNerny (CEO of Boeing).


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