While Extension School courses are open enrollment, degree programs are not. You must meet admission criteria, including grade and GPA requirements, and apply to earn the degree.

To apply to the program:

  1. Complete the three required admission courses at Harvard.
  2. Meet all other admission criteria.
  3. Submit your application materials.

1. Complete the three required admission courses at Harvard (on campus or online).

General management track admission courses

Finance track admission courses

See the degree course search, which is the only accurate way to choose admission and all degree courses.

Grade requirements

  • Have a 3.33 (B+) or higher cumulative grade-point average (GPA) in the three required admission courses as well as all other management program courses that you choose to take prior to admission. Because a 3.33 average is higher than a straight B average, you need to do better than B grades in your Harvard courses to earn the 3.33. For example, you can earn two B grades and one A or three B+ grades.
  • Earn a B or higher in all three admission courses required for your track.
  • Courses can be taken at the Extension School or Summer School and count toward the degree once you are admitted.


  • Start off with just one course to help ensure success.

  • Take the test of critical reading and writing skills by July 14, 2013, in the fall; November 17, 2013, for the spring; and February 23, 2014, for the summer. You need to know the score before enrolling in the organizational behavior course on the first day of registration. If you don’t pass the test, you may need to take EXPO E-34. Delaying the exam can postpone admission.

  • If you don’t earn the required grades after completing the three admission courses, request that an advisor calculate your GPA and offer advice about future registration. It may not be in your best interest to continue to register for courses in an attempt to raise your GPA. Log into online services, choose “Degree Program Admissions,” then “Pre-Admission GPA Confirmation.”

2. Meet all other admission criteria.

  • Possess a regionally accredited US bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent before enrolling in admission courses. If you’ve earned an undergraduate degree outside the United States or Canada, have it evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation (CED), World Education Services (WES), or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to ensure that you are eligible for the degree prior to taking any courses. Three-year foreign degrees, including the Bologna bachelor's degree, may be considered if the evaluation determines that the university is fully accredited. If you have an undergraduate degree from India, you must posses an honors bachelor’s degree or have completed a one-year master’s degree in addition to the three-year bachelor’s degree to be considered holding the equivalent of a US undergraduate degree.

  • If you already have a graduate degree or are currently pursuing another degree, you may earn our management degree if the existing degree is in a different field. For example, if you have earned an MBA (or equivalent), you are not eligible for the general management track. Similarly, if you have earned a business degree in finance, you are not eligible for the finance track. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the management program (almm@dcemail.harvard.edu).

  • Demonstrate English language proficiency.

  • Be in good academic and financial standing with Harvard University, with no disciplinary or administrative procedures pending.

  • Be in good financial standing—able to submit official transcripts—with other schools attended.

  • The Extension School will consider your disciplinary record at Harvard University in making admissions decisions.

See the enrollment policies.

3. Submit your application materials.

We admit students to the program three times a year. You should submit your application during the term you anticipate completing the third admission course.

Your five-year deadline to complete the degree starts at the completion of the third degree course (i.e., any course that can count toward the degree). It is crucial to register for the required admission courses as your first three courses and apply to the program as soon as possible.

See How to Apply for more information.

International students

The Extension School does not issue I-20s. If you need an F-1 student visa, it may be possible to earn the degree through online courses and Harvard Summer School on-campus courses. The Summer School offers housing and the I-20 certificate for a student visa.

See Online Courses and On-Campus Requirement.

Financial aid

Before you apply and are admitted, you can work with Student Financial Services to secure private funding to cover the cost of the first three courses required for admission. Learn about financial aid for nonadmitted students.

Once you apply and are admitted, you may be eligible for a number of loan and grant programs. Learn about financial aid for admitted candidates.