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Harvard Business School
An MBA from Harvard Business School is recognized around the world. Men and women who complete the program join a network of more than 37,000 alumni whose members include former U.S. presidents, cabinet officers, big city mayors, founders of innovative start-ups, and CEOs of major corporations. Students work hard to win admittance to that circle. Incoming students are expected to complete on-line courses on business basics (including quantitative methods and business writing) before ever setting foot on campus.
After arrival, they enter an intense, three-week Foundations program, followed by two class terms, each involving five to six required core courses. The second year of the program is comprised entirely of selective courses, with a minimum of five courses for each of the two terms. Courses demand class participation – as much as half the grade for a course can depend on the quality of class contributions. The program also demands that students be comfortable with information technology. The entire application process is computer-based, and the majority of the School's professors conduct exams on-line. Yet another key requirement of Harvard MBA students is that they be social.
First-year students are assigned to cohorts of 80, who take all their classes together. Group and team assignments are not uncommon. The networking continues long after graduation. Students can count on access to alumni willing to serve as career advisors and mentors, and must be ready, when the time comes, to provide the same help to others.
That can amount to taking a lot of phone calls. Harvard has the largest of the country's top MBA programs, with an enrollment of over 1,750 full-time students.
Boston, MA 02163
Phone: (617) 495 – 6128
Director of Admissions: Dee Leopold
* Application deadlines are for the 2014-2015 application season.
Applicants accepted: 12%
Average GMAT: 730
Average work experience (years): 4.5
Total full-time enrollment for class of 2015: 941
Average age: 27
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