MBA Admissions: Harvard Business School & Entrepreneurship



A quick glance at Harvard Business School: HBS currently ranks in first place (tied with Stanford) as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It was ranked as third for entrepreneurship.  

Harvard Business School Class of 2014 Profile*

8,963 people applied to Harvard Business School in 2012; 13% were admitted and 925 enrolled.

The Harvard class of 2014 students have an average age of 27 and a median GMAT score of 730. 43% of students have educational backgrounds in economics and business.

*Statistics as of 6/11/2012

HBS Academics Related to Entrepreneurship

The Harvard Business School curriculum is divided into two parts: the required curriculum (RC) and the elective curriculum (EC). Students spend their first year taking RC courses which cover fundamental business practices, as well as FIELD courses, smaller, hands-on projects that complement the case-method style used in the RC courses.

Term 1 Required Courses:

  • Finance 1
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
  • Technology and Operations Management

Term 2 Required Courses:

  • Business, Government, and the International Economy
  • Strategy
  • The Entrepreneurial Manager
  • Finance 2
  • Leadership and Corporate Accountability

Elective courses enable students to delve deeper into the subject areas that most interest them.

Entrepreneurial Management Courses:

Course Title Faculty Name Credits
Building Life Science Businesses Richard G. Hamermesh 1.5
Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise Stephen P. KaufmanDerek van Bever, Clay Christensen, Chet Huber 3.03.0
The Coming of Managerial Capitalism: The United States Tom Nicholas 3.0
Contemporary South Asia: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Social & Economic Problems (University-wide Course) Tarun Khanna 3.0
Creating Shared Value: Entrepreneurial and Corporate Models for a Changing Economy Christopher Marquis 3.0
Creative High-Impact Ventures: Entrepreneurs Who Changed The World Mukti Khaire 3.0
Entrepreneurial Finance  William Sahlman, Joseph Lassiter, Ramana Nanda 3.0
Entrepreneurial Management in a Turnaround Environment Jim Sharpe 3.0
Entrepreneurial Solutions for Market Failure Joseph L. Bower 1.5
Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism Geoffrey Jones 3.0
Entrepreneurship in Education Reform  John Kim 3.0
Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT and Services Robert Higgins 1.5
Executing Strategy J. Bruce Harreld 3.0
Field Course: Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Challenges in China’s Emerging Market Elisabeth Koll 1.5
Field Course: Entrepreneurial Solutions for Market Failure Joseph L. Bower 3.0
Field Course: Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Richard S. RubackRoyce Yudkoff 3.0
Field Course: Evaluating the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Mike Roberts 3.0
Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment Joseph B. LassiterForest L. Reinhardt, Rebecca M. HendersonJohn D. Macomber, Woodward Yang 3.0
Field Course: Launching Technology Ventures Jeffrey Bussgang 1.5
Field Course: Running Small and Medium Size Enterprises James M. Sharpe 3.0
Field Course: Social Innovation Lab Allen S. Grossman, Herman B. Leonard 3.0
Founders’ Dilemmas Noam Wasserman 3.0
Innovating in Health Care Intensive Course Regina E. Herzlinger 3.0
Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment Joseph B. LassiterForest L. Reinhardt, Rebecca M. HendersonJohn D. Macomber, Woodward Yang 1.5
Introduction to Innovation & Entrepreneurship  William Sahlman, Joseph Lassiter 1.5/3.0
IXP Course: China; Understanding China’s Business Environment Elisabeth Koll 1.5
Launching Global Ventures William R. Kerr 1.5
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship Lena Goldberg 1.5
Management of the Family Business John A. Davis 1.5
The Online Economy: Strategy and Entrepreneurship Peter Coles, Benjamin Edelman 3.0
Running Small and Medium Size Enterprises James M. Sharpe 1.5
Venture Capital and Private Equity Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, Alexander Ljungqvist 3.0
Venture Capital in Historical Perspective Tom Nicholas, G. Felda Hardymon 1.5
Venture Capital in Historical Perspective: Research Component Tom Nicholas, G. Felda Hardymon 1.5
Visible and Invisible Hands in China: State and Business since 1800: Seminar Elisabeth Koll 3.0

In addition to the above, students may also choose to participate in the Immersion Experience Program (IXP). For entrepreneurship students, there’s the Silicon Valley Immersion Program.

Other field study opportunities are available for entrepreneurs, including the Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Students may also cross register (up to two courses) at other schools at the university or at the Entrepreneurship Lab at MIT. See Cross-Registration Opportunities.

Research Centers for Entrepreneurship at Harvard

Extracurricular Clubs, Activities, and Competitions for HBS Entrepreneurship Students

Entrepreneur Stats at Harvard Business School

25% of the class of 2011 graduates did not seek post-MBA employment, 7% of which started their own businesses.

8% of class of 2012 students did not seek summer internships; 3% started their own businesses.

Companies Founded by HBS Alumni:

  • Bain & Company – Orit Gadiesh
  • Goldman Sachs – John Whitehead
  • Intuit – Scott Cook
  • Krueger International – Robert Higgins
  • Landmark Communications/Weather Channel – Frank Batten
  • R&R – Robert Reiss
  • Staples – Thomas Stemberg
  • TNT Group – Steven Belkin
  • United Bank for Africa – Hakeem Belo-Osagie
  • US Labs – Michael Danzi


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