In our degree program, you earn your way in. The most important predictor of program success is your aptitude now to do honors-level work at Harvard.

You start right away on three degree courses to demonstrate your academic ability. Earn at least a B in each as well as an overall GPA of 3.33 (B+) or higher, and you qualify for admission.

The three courses required for admission are unique to the track you choose to pursue:

  • For the general management track you take an economics course, an accounting course, and an organizational behavior course. 
  • For the finance track you take a finance course, an accounting course, and an organizational behavior course. 

You can take these in any order, online or on campus, one at a time or all at once. They count toward the degree once admitted.

1. Begin with one course from your chosen track.

In your first semester we suggest you start off with just one course, taking:

  • The required economics course for the general management track.
  • Or the required finance course for the finance track.

Find courses via the degree course search

Registration guidelines

For both tracks, you should be well-versed in the principles of economics and college algebra. For finance, a strong quantitative aptitude is ideal, and calculus is helpful. It may help to take our online math placement test to learn your level.

If English is not your native language:

You also need to prove proof of English proficiency before registering for any management courses.

Need financial aid?

You can work with Student Financial Services to secure private funding to cover the cost of the three admission courses. Learn about financial aid options.

2. Complete your next two admission courses.

Once you have a good feel for the courses, enroll in the two other required admission courses for both tracks:

  • Financial accounting
  • Organizational behavior

Find courses via the degree course search

Registering for organizational behavior

  • A passing score on test of critical reading and writing skills is required before registering for an organizational behavior admission course, so take this online exam as soon as you know you are interested in the degree. Don’t delay.
  • You may skip the test and register instead for EXPO 34. Earn at least a B, and you can take organizational behavior the following semester. EXPO 34 does not count toward the degree, but it does prepare you for all writing assignments.
  • These courses have limited enrollment. If you are registered in EXPO E-34, you are automatically granted early registration privileges for the next Harvard Extension School semester, fall or spring, to register before the general population for MGMT E-4000, E-4100, or E-4030.

3. Apply to the program.

Submit your application when you are finishing up your third course. If you earn the required GPA and meet the additional criteria, you will be admitted.

Additional admission criteria

  • Earn a 3.33 or higher cumulative grade-point average (GPA) in all Harvard courses taken before admission (no grade below a B in the three admission courses).
  • Possess a regionally accredited US bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent before enrolling in admission courses.
  • 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.
  • If you already hold a graduate degree, you may earn the master’s degree provided the two degrees are in different fields.
  • The Extension School will consider your disciplinary record at Harvard University in making admissions decisions.

We are here to help. If you don’t earn the required grades, request that an advisor calculate your GPA and offer advice before you take any more courses. Log in to online services, choose “Degree Program Admissions,” then “Pre-Admission GPA Confirmation.”

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