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Industrial-Organizational Psychology Degree Requirements

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Graduate Degree Program consists of 12 courses (48 credits), three of which are required on campus. Weekend options available.

To get started in the program:

  1. Review the details below to learn more about the curriculum and course selection.
  2. Determine your initial admissions eligibility.
  3. Complete the 3 courses for admission.

Required Courses

12 Graduate Courses

Core

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Motivation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Psychometrics
  • 1 core psychology theory course
  • 1 core management skills course
  • 4  industrial-organizational psychology electives
    • EXPO 34 is an elective option
    • Optional seminar is an elective option

Search for Courses

To find courses that apply toward the degree use DCE Course Search and Registration:

  • Scroll through the search filters to “Courses in a Graduate Degree.” 
  • Choose “Industrial Organizational Psychology” to explore program courses.

Admissions

Below are our initial eligibility requirements and an overview of our unique admissions process to help get you started. Be sure to visit Degree Program Admissions for full details.

Initial Eligibility

  • Prior to enrolling in any degree-applicable courses, you must possess a four-year regionally accredited US bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent. Foreign bachelor’s degrees must be evaluated for equivalency.
  • You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology or a related field. Check your eligibility.

The Office of Predegree Advising & Admissions makes all final determinations about program eligibility.

Earning Your Way In

To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following three, 4-credit, graduate-level degree courses (available online):

  • STAT 150 Intermediate Statistics: Methods and Modeling or PSYC 1900 Statistical Modeling for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC 1501 Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 4000 Organizational Behavior

The three courses don’t need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

You have two registration attempts to earn the minimum grade of B and fulfill the requirement for statistics (a withdrawal grade counts as an attempt). You may take STATS 150 twice or PSYC 1900 twice or attempt each course once. The statistics course used to fulfill the requirement cannot be more than two years old at the time of application. 

Applying to the Degree Program

During the semester of your third degree course, submit the official application to the program. 

Don’t delay! You must prioritize the three degree courses for admission and apply before completing subsequent courses. By doing so, you’ll avoid the delayed application fee or the loss of credit for expired course work, while gaining access to exclusive benefits (see bottom of page).

Eligible students who submit a complete and timely application will have 9 more courses after admission to earn the degree. 

For details about full eligibility, the application process, and application fees, visit Degree Program Admissions.

The Harvard On-Campus Experience 

Many courses can be taken online, but the degree requires a Harvard campus experience. You come to Cambridge for at least three courses (12 credits), which offers you in-person access to faculty, campus resources, and the academic community.

On-campus course requirements can typically be completed through:

  • 15-week fall or spring semester courses that meet only on campus. Courses with the format “on campus or online” do not fulfill this requirement.
  • Courses that combine weekly online classes over a semester with an intensive weekend on campus.
  • Three-week January session courses that meet only on campus.
  • Three- or seven-week summer courses that meet only on campus.

If you have limited flexibility, you can typically fulfill the requirements in three intensive weekends on campus.

International Students Who Need a Student Visa

To meet the on-campus requirement, you study with us summer. You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School’s three- or seven-week sessions. For more information, see the important visa information on the International Student Study Options page.

To Complete Your Degree

Required GPA, Withdrawal Grades, and Repeat Courses

GPA. You need to earn a B or higher in each of the three degree courses required for admission and a B– or higher in each of the subsequent courses. In addition, your cumulative GPA cannot dip below 3.0.

Withdrawal Grades. You are allowed to receive two withdrawal (WD) grades without them affecting your GPA. Any additional WD grades count as zero in your cumulative GPA. See Academic Standing.

Repeat Courses. We advise you to review the ALM program’s strict policies about repeating courses. Generally speaking, you may not repeat a course to improve your GPA or to fulfill a degree requirement (if the minimum grade was not initially achieved). Nor can you repeat a course for graduate credit that you’ve previously completed at Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School at the undergraduate level.

Courses Expire: Finish Your Coursework in Under Five Years

Courses over five years old at the point of admission will not count toward the degree. As noted above, the statistics course used to fulfill the requirement cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.

Further, you have five years to complete your degree requirements. The five-year timeline begins at the end of the term in which you complete your third degree-applicable course, regardless of whether or not you have been admitted to a degree program.

Potential degree candidates must plan accordingly and submit their applications to comply with the five-year course expiration policy or they risk losing degree credit for completed course work.

Additionally, admission eligibility will be jeopardized if, at the point of application to the program, the five-year degree completion policy cannot be satisfied (i.e., too many courses to complete in the time remaining).

Graduate with Your Harvard Degree

When you have fulfilled all degree requirements, you will earn your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, Field: Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Degrees are awarded in November, March, and May, with the annual Harvard Commencement ceremony in May.

Degree Candidate Exclusive Benefits

When you become an officially admitted degree candidate, you have access to a rich variety of exclusive benefits to support your academic journey. To learn more, visit degree candidate academic opportunities and privileges.