What Makes HBS Different
The case method. You can’t have a two-minute conversation about HBS without mentioning the case method. HBS introduced the interactive case method to business education in 1925 and is one of only two top-tier MBA programs in the U.S. to use a 100% case method in the classroom. (The University of Virginia’s Darden School is the other.) MBA students will read approximately 500 cases during their two-year program. Learn more in our Academics section.
Impactful research. Harvard Business Publishing publishes hundreds of new business cases each year, used in nearly every business education institution in the world, and the Harvard Business Review has been dubbed “the bible of management theory” by The Wall Street Journal. In short, the school’s impact on business is unparalleled.
Name-brand faculty. Many of today’s standard practices and frameworks of business, from the balanced scorecard to Porter’s Five Forces to the Innovator’s Dilemma, have come from the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School. Faculty members are required to teach, so MBA students have the opportunity to directly engage with some of the greatest minds in business today.
General management education. The first-year HBS curriculum is perhaps the least flexible of any business school, requiring students to receive a broad, general management education (whether they want it or not!). However, the second year is completely open. HBS does not offer any majors, so students are encouraged to experience a wide range of elective courses to round out their MBA experience.
The section experience. Dividing a class into sections (or blocks, or clusters…pick your favorite term) is nothing new for business schools. At HBS, the class is divided into 10 sections of roughly 90 students each. The difference at HBS is that for your first year, you will take every class with your section—in the same classroom and in the same seat. (Okay, you’ll get a new seat for your spring semester classes.) This means that you’ll get to know every member of your section incredibly well, and much of your social life and professional networking will be section-driven. On the flipside, you may not be quite as close with the other 840 students in your class.