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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 the 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 four courses toward the management program for earning the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management. To earn the master’s degree, you complete the following eight courses.

8 Graduate Courses

Courses can be completed online or on campus. At least two, three-week summer courses must be completed on campus.


  • 1 microeconomic theory or economics of business course
  • 1 financial or managerial accounting course
  • 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, consecutive summers, taking an intensive three-week course each summer. Housing is available for an additional fee.

After completing economics, accounting, organizational behavior, and finance online, you’ll come to campus to complete either marketing or strategy in an intensive three-week format.

The very next summer, after completing your remaining core course and precapstone, you’ll come to campus to complete the three-week capstone.

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: Earning 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 microeconomic theory or economics of business course

Prerequisites: Before registering for either 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 related field.

Submitting Your Application

During the semester that you are completing microeconomic theory or economics of business course, submit the official application to the program. 

Don’t delay! To achieve academic success and meet your expected graduation date, 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 gain access to exclusive degree candidate privileges.

If you submit a complete and timely application—which includes your MITx MicroMasters Program credential in Supply Chain Management as well as the required Harvard course, grades, and cumulative GPA—you’ll be admitted, after which you’ll take seven more courses to earn the degree.

For more details about 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 (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $23,200

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

Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or Higher

Earn a B or higher in economics and finance and a B– or higher in all other courses, but be sure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher.

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.

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 Guidelines & Policies

Learn more about special academic opportunities, student privileges, and policies.