Sample Course Path for the Management Degree

These sample paths can help you visualize your progression through the Management Graduate Degree Program. Once you’re admitted, our academic advisors will help you plan out your specific pathway, tailored to your goals and preferences. Note that course offerings vary from year to year. Refer to the management degree requirements to guide course selection.

On Campus

This sample represents the path of a student who lives in the Greater Boston area, commuting to campus weekly to take courses.

This sample represents the path of a student who works full time as a financial analyst for a large biotech firm and wants to move into a management position in the next few years. She lives in the Greater Boston area, commuting to campus weekly to take courses. By taking about two courses each semester, she earns the Principles of Finance Certificate while completing the degree.

Year 1

Fall

Economics course, taken online

Sample course:
Microeconomics Theory

Spring

Accounting course, taken online

Sample course:
Financial Accounting Principles
Organizational Behavior requirement, taken online with on-campus weekend

Sample course:
Organizational Behavior

Summer

Management course, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Leadership Lessons from Modern Presidential Politics

Milestones

This first year you complete the admission courses, then apply and gain admission to the program.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Critical reading and writing skills test completed
  • 3 admission courses completed for admission path A
  • Applied to the program
  • Admitted to the program
  • 2 of 4 on-campus courses completed

Year 2

Fall

Marketing course, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Marketing Management
Finance course, taken online

Sample course:
Principles of Finance

Spring

Management elective, taken via webvconference with online weekend

Sample course:
Project Management
Management course, taken online

Sample course:
Building Strong Alliances and Organizations

Summer

Management elective, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Managerial Finance

Milestones

This year you continue your coursework and earn a certificate.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Earned Principles of Finance Certificate

Year 3

Fall

Management elective, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Eco-entrepreneurship

Spring

Management elective, taken via web conference with on-campus weekend

Sample course:
Managing Yourself and Others

Milestones

This year you meet with your academic advisor to review your progress and continue your coursework.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Met with academic advisor to confirm progress towards completing degree
  • Made an appointment with CARC for career queries and support

Year 4

Fall

Strategy course, taken on Harvard's campus

Sample course:
Strategic Management

Milestones

In your final year, you complete all required courses, graduate in March, and attend Harvard Commencement.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • All required courses completed
  • Graduated in March
  • Attended Commencement in May

Online

This sample represents the path of a student who lives outside of New England and completes the degree mostly online.

This sample represents the path of a student who works full time for his family business but needs broad business training to launch his own social enterprise. Because the US resident lives outside of New England, he completes the degree mostly online. He has a full-time job and young children, so he needs to fulfill his on-campus requirement in short timeframes.

Year 1

Fall

Economics course, taken online

Sample course:
Microeconomic Theory

Spring

Accounting course, taken online

Sample course:
Financial Accounting Principles
Organizational Behavior requirement, taken online with a required on-campus weekend

Sample course:
Organizational Behavior

Summer

Management course, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Family Enterprise

Milestones

This first year you complete the admission courses, then apply and gain admission to the program.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Critical reading and writing skills test completed
  • 3 admission courses completed for admission path A
  • Applied to the program
  • Admitted to the program
  • 2 of 4 on-campus courses completed

Year 2

Fall

Finance course, taken online

Sample course:
Principles of Finance
Marketing course, taken online

Sample course:
Marketing Management

Spring

Management elective, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Digital Marketing Strategy
Management elective, taken online with a required on-campus weekend

Sample course:
Marketing Social Change

Summer

Management elective, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Sustainability Marketing

Milestones

This year you continue your coursework and earn a certificate.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Met with academic advisor to confirm progress towards completing degree
  • Made an appointment with CARC for career queries and support
  • Attended Harvard career fair
  • 3 of 4 required on-campus courses completed
  • Earned Marketing Management Certificate

Year 3

Fall

Management course, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Managing Service Design and Operations
Management elective, taken online

Sample course:
Negotiation and Organizational Conflict Resolution

January 3-week session

Strategy course, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Business Strategy in the Real World

Milestones

This year you meet with your academic advisor to review your progress, complete all required courses, graduate in May, and attend Harvard Commencement.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Met with academic advisor to confirm progress towards completing degree
  • All required courses completed
  • All on-campus courses completed
  • Graduated in May
  • Attended Commencement in May

International

This sample represents the path of a student who is taking most of his courses online from outside the United States.

This sample represents the path of a student who is taking most of his courses online from outside the United States. He works in management for a technology company in India and enjoys traveling to Cambridge to take courses on campus. But he can only take a three weeks away from work at a time, and he needs an F-1 visa to study in the United States.

Year 1

Fall

Accounting course, taken online

Sample course:
Financial Accounting Principles

Spring

Organizational Behavior requirement, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Organizational Behavior
Economics course, taken online

Sample course:
Microeconomic Theory

Summer

Management course, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Corporate Governance
Management elective, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
The Art of Communication

Milestones

This first year you complete the admission courses, then apply and gain admission to the program.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Critical reading and writing skills test completed
  • 3 admission courses completed for admission path A
  • Applied to program
  • Admitted to program
  • 2 of 4 on-campus courses completed

Year 2

Fall

Finance course, taken online

Sample course:
Financial Statement Analysis

Spring

Management course, taken online

Sample course:
Disaster Relief and Recovery

Summer

Management elective, taken on Harvard's campus

Sample course:
Management of Technology and Innovation
Management elective, taken on Harvard’s campus

Sample course:
Creative Thinking and Organizational Success Manning

Milestones

This year you continue your coursework.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • All on-campus courses completed
  • Met with academic advisor to confirm progress towards completing degree
  • Made an appointment with CARC for career queries and support
  • Attended Harvard career fair

Year 3

Fall

Marketing course, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Marketing Management
Management elective, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Sustainability and International Business

Spring

Strategy course, taken via web conference

Sample course:
Strategic Management

Milestones

This year you meet with your academic advisor to review your progress, complete all required courses, earn a certificate, graduate in May, and attend Harvard Commencement.

Requirements Fulfilled

  • Met with academic advisor to confirm progress towards completing degree
  • All required courses completed
  • Earned Strategic Management Certificate
  • Graduated in May
  • Attended Commencement in May