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MITx MicroMasters® Program Pathway to the Management Degree

Designed solely for students who’ve completed the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management, this degree pathway offers a core curriculum of general management theory.

Your courses strategically complement the in-depth training in supply chain theory, ensuring you have the breadth and perspective to be an industry leader.

What You’ll Learn

Through the master’s degree in the field of management you:

  • Study core elements of management theory, including accounting, organizational behavior, economic theory, finance, marketing, and strategy.
  • Gain insight into the latest management practices through case studies, group projects, and active learning experiences.
  • Apply management and financial tools to real world problems.

Required Courses

In this pathway, Harvard Extension School will credit 4 courses (16 credits) toward the management program for earning the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management. To earn the master’s degree, you complete the following 8 courses (32 credits).

8 Graduate Courses

At least two, 3-week courses must be completed on campus.


  • 1 economics course (microeconomics or managerial economics)
  • 1 accounting course (financial or managerial accounting)
  • 1 organizational behavior course
  • 1 finance course
  • 1 marketing course
  • 1 strategy course

Capstone Courses

  • Precapstone: Entrepreneurship in Action
  • Capstone: Entrepreneurship in Action

The Capstone Experience

You’ll work in a professional advisory team, supported by faculty and mentors on a real-world, client project. You’ll apply concepts learned in the core courses to solve practical leadership challenges as a business advisor for a local, national, or international employer.

On-Campus Requirements

Once admitted, you come to Cambridge for two 3-week courses, offered in  summer and January. Summer housing is available for an additional fee.

The first 3-week summer or January term, you complete any of the core courses. Then, after completing all core courses and the precapstone, you’ll come to campus during the very next summer to complete the three-week capstone.

Mandatory sequencing. The precapstone and capstone must be completed in back-to-back semesters (spring/summer).

International Students Who Need a Student Visa

You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School. For more information, see the International Student Study Options page.

Admissions: Earn Your Way In

After you’ve earned the MicroMasters Program credential in Supply Chain Management, you begin the admission process by simply registering—no application needed—for the following graduate-level course:

  • 1 economics course (microeconomics or managerial economics)

Prerequisites: Before registering for the economics course, you’ll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills. Alternatively, you can complete EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or higher to meet the registration requirement, but EXPO 34 does not count toward the degree.

Grade requirements: You must complete the economics course with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Eligibility: Prior to beginning this pathway, which starts with your first MITx course, you need to possess a four-year, regionally accredited US bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent. You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master’s degree in management or business, including an MBA, or a related field.

Submitting Your Application

During the semester that you are completing the economics course, submit the official application to the program. 

Don’t delay! It is critical to prioritize the degree course for admission and apply before completing subsequent courses. By doing so, you’ll avoid the delayed application fee and the loss of credit for expired course work, while gaining access to exclusive degree candidate privileges.

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

MicroMasters Program Admission Pathway Policy

The MITx MicroMasters Program credential in Supply Chain Management must be earned prior to enrolling in any degree-applicable courses at Harvard. Further, the credential cannot be more than three years old at the time of application. Credit is only granted for the entire MicroMasters Program; Harvard credit will not be awarded for individual courses.

For more details about Harvard Extension School degree program eligibility and the application process, visit Admissions. If you have questions about the MicroMasters Program, contact MITx directly.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. You’ll find our tuition comparable to tuition at public universities. And when compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2022–23 rate) $3,100 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $24,800

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

To Complete Your Degree

Required GPA, Withdrawal Grades, and Repeat Courses

GPA. You need to earn a B or higher in economics, organizational behavior, and accounting and a B– or higher in all other courses. In addition, your cumulative GPA cannot dip below 3.0.

Withdrawal Grades. You are allowed to receive one withdrawal (WD) grade without it 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.

Finish Your Coursework in Five Years

You have five years to complete your degree requirements. The five-year timeline begins at the end of the term in which you complete any one degree-applicable course at Harvard, whether or not you have been admitted to the program.

Harvard courses over five years old at the point of admission will not count toward the degree.

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.

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: Management. Degrees are ordinarily awarded in November (after the capstone in summer), with the annual Harvard Commencement ceremony in May of the following year.

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.