HBS Deadlines & Essays (Class of 2013, Starting Fall 2011)

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Essays for the Class of 2013

As an opportunity to present your distinctive qualities, your essays are an important part of your MBA application. You will be asked to submit your personal statements online with the balance of your application materials. Essays should be single-spaced. Please limit your response to the length indicated.

All applicants must submit answers to four essay questions. The first two questions are required of all applicants. The remaining two essays should be in response to your choice of the next five sub-questions.

Joint program applicants for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School must provide an additional essay.


What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)

What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)

Please respond to two of the following (400-word limit each):

What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?

What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?

Tell us about a time in your professional experience when you were frustrated or disappointed.

When you join the HBS Class of 2013, how will you introduce yourself to your new classmates?

Joint degree applicants:

How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400-word limit)