MicroMasters Program in
Data, Economics, and Development Policy

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Upcoming Updates to the DEDP MicroMasters Program

The Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters program announces two exciting changes:

  1. Fall 2021 Course Date Change: DEDP MicroMasters program courses will now start on October 5, 2021.
  2. Platform Change: Fall 2021 and future DEDP courses will move from edX to a new MIT online learning platform. This platform change will not impact any past enrollments or progress; you will retain all course scores and certificates earned in the past..

Learners who are already signed up for a DEDP course via edX will receive an email with account setup and enrollment instructions. We will update this site by October 1st with instructions for enrolling. Learners who plan to take a DEDP course in the future -- including those who are currently signed up for a fall 2021 DEDP course via edX -- must create an account to continue taking DEDP courses.

The next available semester of courses begins on February 1, 2022. Enrollment for these courses has not opened yet. Please continue checking this website for updates.

  • What if I need to pass the Oct 5 course(s) to apply to the upcoming Master's admissions cycle? The admissions deadline for the DEDP Master’s program will be moved to early February. Learners who take a proctored exam in the Fall 2021 semester will receive their scores before the admissions deadline.
  • Will archived course material still be made available? Archived course material on edX.org will no longer be available after September 30, 2021. Learners who wish to review content will be able to enroll in the Fall course runs on our new platform when available October 1.
  • What if I haven’t received instructions to set up an account on the new platform? Instructions will be posted on the DEDP MicroMasters website and also sent via email to current learners of the program on October 1st. If you do not receive an email with account creation instructions by October 4th, 2021, please email us at micromasters-support@mit.edu.
  • What if I want a refund? If you would like to find out if you are eligible for a refund, please contact micromasters-support@mit.edu

For any other questions about the DEDP program, please reach out to our support team at micromasters-support@mit.edu.

About the MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy

MIT’s Department of Economics and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) designed the MicroMasters® program credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) to equip learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world’s poor. Through a series of five online courses and proctored exams, learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, and probability and statistics, while engaging with cutting-edge research in the field.

The program is unique in its focus on designing and running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis. The methodologies for alleviating global poverty covered in these courses are taught by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and pioneers in the field of development economics.

To earn the DEDP MicroMasters program credential, learners complete three core courses (Microeconomics, Data Analysis for Social Scientists, and Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations) and two of three electives (The Challenges of Global Poverty, Foundations of Development Policy, and Political Economy and Economic Development) online and pass their corresponding proctored exams on edX. The five courses can be taken in any sequence, and the curriculum gives learners the flexibility to choose which electives they take. Learners who receive the MicroMasters program credential will then be eligible to apply to MIT’s new Master's program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. If accepted, students will earn MIT credit for the MicroMasters program courses, and will be able to pursue an accelerated on-campus Master’s degree at MIT.

How the DEDP MicroMasters Program works

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The cost of courses in this program varies depending on your ability to pay. You can start by auditing classes for free and upgrade at a later point. Learn more about course pricing, or simply go to your MicroMasters program dashboard to enter your income and calculate your own course price.

Annual Household Income:

  • $0 - $25,000 : $250 USD per course
  • $25,000 - $50,000: $350 USD per course
  • $50,000 - $75,000: $500 USD per course
  • Over $75,000: $1,000 USD per course

We offer a limited number of learners a $100 course price coupon for one course, applicable for that semester only. Coupons must be used in the semester they were awarded or they will expire on the payment deadline. To qualify for one of these coupons, you must have an annual income of less than $10,000 USD and must submit your documents through the MicroMasters Portal. Submissions are accepted beginning when enrollment opens until the deadline, which you can find on the "Upcoming Dates" page in the "More Info" section on the right side of the page. The deadline is one week before the financial aid documents deadline and two weeks before the payment deadline.

If you wish to be considered for the $100 pricing each semester, you will need to contact the course team or MicroMasters Support at micromasters-support@mit.edu to reset your personalized price. You will then submit your income and be prompted to provide documents to verify your income. You will then submit your documents via the portal. These documents will be reviewed by the DEDP team. Selected learners will be notified via email and asked to select the course for which they would like to use the $100 course pricing.

Due to constraints, we are not able to offer this course pricing to everyone who qualifies. Learners with an annual income of less than $10,000 USD who are not offered the $100 course pricing will be given a course price of $250 according to the pricing tiers above. You can choose to pay this amount to take the exam during that semester. You can also wait to take the exam in a future semester and choose to submit your income again. Scores achieved on the audit track are saved on your program record, so you would not need to retake the online course after you make your payment.

Who should enroll?

  • Policymakers and practitioners from governments, NGOs, international aid agencies, foundations, and other entities in the development sector
  • Academics and evaluators looking to re-tool and apply data-driven perspectives to social and development programs
  • Students interested in pursuing admissions to graduate programs in development economics, public policy, political science, or related fields
  • Social entrepreneurs, managers and researchers in the development sector

What you will learn

  • To identify and analyze the root causes of underdevelopment using principles of economics
  • To interpret the findings of empirical research that evaluates the effectiveness of anti-poverty strategies, policies, and interventions
  • Practical knowledge on how to design and implement rigorous randomized evaluations and other econometric methods of evaluating policies and programs
  • Tools of comparative cost-effectiveness analysis for informed policy-making
  • Fundamentals of microeconomics, development economics, probability, and statistics
  • Hands-on skills in data analysis using the R programming language

Have questions about the DEDP program?

Register here to attend this live webinar on February 15, 2021, and receive an on-demand recording of the presentation once it is complete. In this 60-minute engaging and interactive webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about DEDP courses.
  • Hear why you should consider joining the MicroMasters program.
  • Find out how MicroMasters courses could bring you to MIT for a blended master's degree.
  • Get real-time answers to your questions.
  • Hear about the exclusive benefits for learners who upgrade to the MicroMasters track.

Future Courses Dates

Fall 2021: starts Oct. 5, 2021
Spring 2022: starts Feb. 1, 2022

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