Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures. Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles - Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft thoughtful and authentic responses that demonstrate your fit with our program - culturally, academically, and professionally.
Below are the required essays, supplemental essays, and optional essays for Fall 2018.
Use your best judgment on who you decide to ask - there is no set formula for who should be your recommenders. We know it is not always possible to have a direct supervisor write your recommendation – we would not want you to jeopardize your current position for the application process. Look at the questions we are asking recommenders to complete. Find people who know you well enough to answer them. This can be a former supervisor, a colleague, someone you collaborate on an activity outside of work. How well a person knows you should take priority over level of seniority or HBS alumni status.
Your family has a business of over 200 employees or is a well-known family
Your parent is a senior politician
Your parent is the CEO of a company with 500+ employees
You have raised $5 million from investors
You started a company that has made some progress but hasn’t yet taken off
You started a company that currently employs 5 people (note that if you manage these people, you also count those management points)
You currently work in biotech / biomedical eng. / bioinformatics / nanotechnology
You currently work in clean tech / alternative energy
You currently work in venture capital / private equity / hedge funds
Your family has a business in one of the industries mentioned above
You have a PhD in science or engineering