We look for experienced professionals with demonstrated business expertise and leadership potential. To ensure a high-impact learning experience for all program participants, we select candidates from a strong pool of diverse industries, countries, and backgrounds.
Each Executive Education program has its own admissions requirements. In general, you must have at least 10 years of work experience and be sponsored by your organization. Although there are no formal education requirements, admissions is a selective process based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Visit the specific program pages for additional details and application forms. (You may apply online from the program page, or email or fax your application.)
Our programs enrich both participants and the sponsoring organizations, and require a full-time commitment from each party. Participants devote time and intellect to the learning experience, while sponsoring organizations agree to relieve executives of their work responsibilities during the program.
We design our programs to encourage individual growth and to foster productive interaction among participants. For that reason, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. However, please note that some China-focused programs are offered in both English and Chinese.
If English is your second language, or if you have less than one year of experience working in an English-speaking environment, we require a brief statement documenting your conversational and written proficiency. This statement should list the English-language certification programs, degrees from English-speaking colleges and universities, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam results that you have earned. The Admissions Committee also may request a telephone interview.
Completed by the sponsoring executive within your company, the sponsoring statement provides the Admissions Committee with a better understanding of your background, roles, and potential as a leader. Sponsoring statements are required only for the following programs:
Many programs are appropriate not just for individuals, but also for teams of executives from the same organization. Team participation enhances participants' ability to develop business goals as a group, create strategies for implementing change, and transfer knowledge across the organization—while pursuing a shared corporate vision.
Individual program descriptions state whether the program is particularly suited for teams. HBS client service specialists are available to advise on optimal team composition. The application for each team member must be received before the Admissions Committee reviews your team's qualifications.