MITx MicroMasters® Program Pathway to the Sustainability Degree
Designed solely for students who’ve completed the MITx MicroMasters program in Supply Chain Management, this degree pathway offers innovative sustainability content that strategically complements the in-depth training in supply chain theory. In this program, you'll gain the breadth and perspective to lead sustainable initiatives for almost any industry.
Key Learning Outcomes
Through the master’s degree program in the field of sustainability you:
- Concentrate your studies in one of five fields: corporate sustainability, sustainable cities and communities, environmental policy and international development, sustainable food systems, or natural resource management.
- Develop an understanding of policies, technologies, and financial models that support sustainable development.
- Build competency in a variety of quantitative and analytic skills.
- Learn to design sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impact and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.
In this pathway, Harvard Extension School will credit four courses (16 credits) toward the sustainability program for earning the MITx MicroMasters credential 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. At least one three-week summer capstone course must be completed on campus.
- Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
- Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management
- 5 sustainability electives
- Precapstone tutorial (noncredit)
- Consulting for Sustainability capstone (on campus)
The Capstone Experience
You'll engage in a consulting project for an industry client in need of an innovative sustainable solution. Past clients include Amazon, General Electric, State Street Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and NYC Health + Hospitals.
You complete the on-campus capstone course during the three-week summer term, where housing is available for an additional fee. If residing locally, you have the option to complete the on-campus capstone during the 15-week fall or spring semester.
International Students Who Need a Student Visa
To meet the on-campus requirement, you study with us in the summer. You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School to complete the three-week capstone. For more information, see the important visa information on International Student Study Options.
How to Apply
Earn Your Way In
Once you’ve earned the MITx MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management, you begin the admission process by simply registering—no application needed—for the following graduate-level course:
Prerequisites: To register for the course, you'll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills. Alternatively, you can complete EXPO 42c Writing in the Sciences with a grade of B or higher at the undergraduate or graduate level to meet the proseminar registration requirement, but it will not count toward the degree.
Grade Requirements: The proseminar must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0. You have two registration attempts to earn the minimum grade of B in the proseminar, which cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.
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 sustainability or related field.
Submitting Your Application
During the semester that you are completing the proseminar, submit the official application to the program. Don't delay! It is critical to your admission and degree program success to prioritize the degree course 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 your MITx MicroMasters Program credential in Supply Chain Management as well as the required Harvard course, grades, and cumulative GPA—you’ll be admitted, after which you’ll take seven more courses to earn the degree.
For more details about eligibility, the application process, and the delayed application fee, visit Admissions.
MicroMasters Program Admission Pathway Policy
The MITx MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management must be earned prior to completing 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 credential; 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 2019–20 graduate tuition is $2,840 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $22,720.
There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.
Completing Your Degree
Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or Higher
Earn a B or higher in the proseminar course required for admission as well as Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management and a B– or higher in each of the subsequent 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 the 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 degree program. Moreover, 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: Sustainability. 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.