MITx MicroMasters® Program Pathway to the Information Management Systems Program

Designed solely for students who’ve completed the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management, this degree pathway offers a core curriculum of information management systems. Your courses strategically complement the in-depth training in supply chain theory, ensuring you have the breadth and perspective to be an industry leader.

Required Courses

In this pathway, Harvard Extension School will credit four courses toward the information management systems program for earning the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management. To earn the master's degree, you complete the following eight courses (32 credits).

8 Graduate Courses

Courses can be completed online or on campus, with the capstone course on campus.


  • 1 web principles course
  • 1 data communications course
  • 1 cloud computing course
  • 1 security and risk management course
  • 1 database management course
  • 1 business analytics course
  • 1 elective
    • EXPO 34 is an elective option
  • 1 capstone project course (on campus)

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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 one course—the capstone—which offers you in-person access to faculty, campus resources, and the academic community.

Accelerated on-campus path: if you have limited flexibility, you can typically fulfill the requirement in one weekend.

International Students Who Need a Student Visa

To meet the on-campus requirement, you complete the capstone over the summer. You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School's seven-week session. For more details, see International Student Study Options for important visa information.

How to Apply

Earn 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 one of the following graduate-level courses:

  • 1 web principles, data communication, or database management course

Grade requirements: You must complete one of the above courses 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 information management systems or related field.

Submitting Your Application

During the semester that you are completing either the web principles, data communication, or database management 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, you will be admitted, after which you’ll have seven more courses to take to earn the degree. A complete application includes your MITx MicroMasters Program credential in Supply Chain Management, as well as the required Harvard course, grades, cumulative GPA and a passing score on our online test of critical reading and writing skills or completion of the program elective EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric with a grade of B or higher. Tip: Take the test right away, in your first semester at Harvard.

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.


Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2020–21 graduate tuition is $2,900 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $23,200. 

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program. Visit Financial Aid

Completing Your Degree

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

Earn a B or higher in either the web principles, data communication, or database management course 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: Information Management Systems. Degrees are awarded in November, March, or 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.