Each HBS Executive Education program has its own set of admissions criteria. A general overview of the application and admission procedure is available. We offer three simple ways to apply:
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There is no fee for applying to an HBS Executive Education program.
To ensure a rich learning experience for all participants, admission to Executive Education programs is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. For most programs, proficiency in written English is required, and participants must be fluent in the English language to take an active part in fast-moving discussions. (However, please note that some programs are offered in both English and Chinese.)
For each program, we carefully select a cross-section of high-potential leaders from around the globe who have different backgrounds and experiences. This diversity enables participants to enhance their management effectiveness by leveraging the experience of their peers and acquiring a new level of cultural sensitivity.
In addition, most programs require participants to have full company sponsorship.
For most programs, participants must be sponsored by their current employers. Sponsoring companies typically fund the cost of the program and agree to relieve participants of their work responsibilities for the duration of the program.
You should identify a senior executive within your company to serve as your company sponsor. This individual should be named on your application. As your sponsor, he or she is involved in your learning and development, and will ensure that you are free from your official duties during the program.
In addition, five programs require that your sponsor complete a Sponsoring Statement as part of the application process. These programs are the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, the Program for Leadership Development, the High Potentials Leadership Program, and Leading with Impact. This Sponsoring Statement provides the Admissions Committee with a better understanding of your background, roles, and potential as a leader. Upon receipt of your application for one of these programs, the Admissions Committee will email your company sponsor a link to a Sponsoring Statement form. This Sponsoring Statement must be completed before the committee will review your application.
Yes. Executives attend from around the globe. Approximately 52 percent of Executive Education participants represent countries outside North America.
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For most programs, the Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications four months prior to the program start date. Once the review process has begun, applicants are notified via email regarding Admissions Committee decisions within three weeks.
To check the status of a current application, please contact us by email: email@example.com, phone: +1-617-495-6226, or fax: +1-617-496-1731.
Approximately three weeks prior to the start of the program, you will receive a packet of preliminary information, including a detailed schedule, case readings, and assignments for the first few days of the program.
Yes. Admission to HBS Executive Education programs is highly competitive, as class size is tightly controlled. In addition, we work to ensure that the class roster includes participants from a variety of industries, countries, and backgrounds. For those reasons, we encourage you to reapply in the future or to consider other HBS Executive Education programs that may be of interest.
HBS campus programs – Citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries must apply for an authorization to travel to the United States using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Other foreign citizens will need a nonimmigrant visa. For more information about visa and passport requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State.
India programs – All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. The Indian visa is issued under the Government of India's Foreigners Act. For more information about visa and passport requirements, visit http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/.
China and Europe programs – Please check with your local consulate for visa requirements.
Participants can expect a carefully integrated mix of lectures, presentations, business simulations, small group discussions, and the hallmark HBS case study method.
Pioneered by HBS, the case method is employed as the best tool to teach general management and leadership. Case studies offer multiple levels of learning, compelling participants to identify relevant issues and to apply practical business lessons to their own situations and companies. Executive Education participants benefit from an added dimension no other business school can offer: the opportunity to be taught by many of the faculty who wrote the cases and have personal knowledge of the problems and solutions presented.
Most classes have between 40 and 80 executives.
On average, you will spend about six hours each day in the classroom—attending three to four different classes—although schedules may vary. The rule of thumb is that each class or case study requires two hours' advance preparation time.
Most programs are held on the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Massachusetts. Other locations include, but are not limited to: Harvard Center Shanghai; Taj Lands End, Mumbai; The Landmark London Hotel; and the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe, Paris. See individual program details for specific locations.
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