Harvard Business School says it is keeping MBA application deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle to just two rounds again, preferring not to have a third and final round for the second year in a row. The school moved up its round one cutoff by a day to Sept. 4th of 2019, while it moved back its round two deadline by two days to Jan. 6.
Last year, Chad Losee, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, eliminated the school’s third round. With more and more MBA candidates filing their applications in the first and second rounds, he thought an extra round wasn’t really needed, anymore.
The essay question for applicants to Harvard’s MBA program also remains unchanged:
“As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?”
There is no mention of the school’s deferred admissions program. The school had an April 2+2 deadline in 2019. The application will open again in early June.
The lack of essay limit is an opportunity for applicants to show judgment as well as communications ability, or the lack of both. HBS is interested in that information. The short answers and form fields reflect what Harvard to know, and they are a critical part of the applicant’s narrative.