Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Required Courses

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Graduate Degree Program consists of 12 courses (48 credits), three of which are required on campus. Weekend options available.

12 Graduate Courses


  • Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Intermediate Statistics: Methods and Modeling
  • Motivation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Psychometrics
  • 1 core psychology theory course
  • 1 essential management skills course

Non-Capstone Track Courses

  • 4  Electives
    • EXPO 34 is an elective option

Optional Capstone Track Courses

  • 3 Electives
  • Capstone: Applied Psychometrics

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Admissions: Earn Your Way In

To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following three, 4-credit, graduate-level degree courses:

  • STAT 150 Intermediate Statistics: Methods and Modeling
  • PSYC 1501 Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 4000 Organizational Behavior

Before registering for MGMT 4000, you'll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or earn a B or higher in EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric.

You have two registration attempts to earn the minimum grade of B in STAT 150, which cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.

The three courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Eligibility: Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, 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 industrial-organizational psychology or related field.

Applying to the Degree Program

During the semester of the third course, submit the official application to the program. Don't delay! It is critical to your admission and degree program success to prioritize the three degree courses required for admission and apply to the program before completing subsequent courses. We have fall, spring, and summer admission cycles.

If you submit a complete and timely application—which includes the three required Harvard courses, grades, and cumulative GPA—you will be admitted, after which you'll have nine more courses to take to earn the degree.

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


The Harvard On-Campus Experience 

Many courses can be taken online, but the degree requires a Harvard campus experience. You come to Cambridge for at least three courses (12 credits), which offers you in-person access to faculty, campus resources, and the academic community.

On-campus course requirements can be completed through:

  • 15-week fall or spring semester courses that meet only on campus. Courses with the format "on campus or online" do not fulfill this requirement.
  • Courses that combine weekly online classes over a semester with an intensive weekend on campus.
  • Three-week January session courses that meet only on campus.
  • Three- or seven-week summer courses that meet only on campus.

If you have limited flexibility, you can typically fulfill the requirements in three intensive weekends on campus.

International Students Who Need a Student Visa

To meet the on-campus requirement, you study with us summer. You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School's three- or seven-week sessions. For more information, see the important visa information on the International Student Study Options page.

To Complete Your Degree

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

Earn a grade of B or higher in each of the three degree courses required for admission and a B– or better in each subsequent course, but be sure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher. You are allowed two withdrawal (WD) grades. Any additional WD grades count as zero in your cumulative GPA. See Academic Standing.

Finish Your Coursework in Under 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 your third degree-applicable course, regardless of whether or not you have been admitted to a degree program. Moreover, courses over 5 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: Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Degrees are awarded in November, March, and May, with the annual Harvard Commencement ceremony in May. 

Degree Guidelines and Policies

For information about special academic opportunities, student privileges, and policies, see Completing Your Degree.