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arrow_drop_down What skills and knowledge will help me succeed in the MicroMasters program?

Prior training in or exposure to economics, development, political science, public policy, public health, statistics, or related fields will be an asset, and we recommend that you enter the program with a solid understanding of proficient level algebra and calculus to keep up with the pace of the classes. In classes that require the use of the R programming language for data analysis, we will offer a beginner’s module to get you started.

Before each course, there is a “Course Preview” option. This is a taste of the content and exercises that will be covered in each course. If you are new to these subjects, or eager to refresh your memory, each course preview also includes some available resources. These resources may also be useful to refer to over the course of the semester.

A score of 60% or above in the course previews indicates that you are ready to take the course, while a score below 60% indicates that you should further review the concepts covered before beginning the course.

arrow_drop_down I have no prior experience in economics, statistics, or programming. Can I still enroll?

Yes, you can! We welcome learners from all fields and backgrounds. There are no formal prerequisites: anyone who wants to enroll, can.

Please note the above FAQ regarding what skills and knowledge will be useful and also be sure to refer to the course specific homepages.

arrow_drop_down What is the expected time commitment per week?

Each week, each individual course releases a lecture, broken into a series of mini-videos, with finger exercises and homework assignments that correspond with the material. This usually takes approximately 10-12 hours per week, but may vary depending on the individual learner.


arrow_drop_down How can I interact with other MicroMasters learners and staff?

We're working hard to build our MicroMasters portal into a vibrant, interactive, and collaborative learning and networking space that connects you with other learners from all over the globe, gives you the teaching support you need to succeed in our classes, and allows you to interact with some of the best development economists in the world. Each individual course has a discussion forum in which learners can post any question or comment they have; the board is monitored by the TA for each class. The course staff also sends out course emails on a weekly basis to update learners of the upcoming week’s lectures and assignments. Additionally, all paid learners are able to access both a DEDP Discussion and Job forum. The link is available here.

arrow_drop_down Do you recommend specific classes to get started?

The courses may be taken in any order and at any time. However, for those looking to specifically sequence the courses, we tend to recommend beginning with Microeconomics (14.100x) as it is a good introduction as well as it is a core, required course on the path to the MicroMasters credential.

arrow_drop_down How do I know if I’m prepared to take these courses?

Before each course, there is a “Course Preview” option. This is a taste of the content and exercises that will be covered in each course. If you are new to these subjects, or eager to refresh your memory, each course preview also includes some available resources. These resources may also be useful to refer to over the course of the semester.

A score of 60% or above in the course previews indicates that you are ready to take the course, while a score below 60% indicates that you should further review the concepts covered before beginning the course.

arrow_drop_down What is the honor code?

By enrolling in a course on edX, you are joining a special worldwide community of learners. The aspiration of edX is to provide anyone with an internet connection access to courses from the best universities and institutions in the world and to provide our learners the best educational experience internet technology enables. You are a part of the community that will help edX achieve this goal. edX depends upon your motivation to learn the material and to do so with honesty and academic integrity.

By enrolling in an edX course, you have agreed to the edX Honor Code, which means that you will:

  • Complete all graded material (graded assignments and exams) with your own work and only your own work. You will not submit the work of any other person or have anyone else submit work under your name.
  • Maintain only one user account and not let anyone else use your username and/or password. Having two user accounts registered in this course will constitute cheating.
  • Not return to a previous semester of the course in order to utilize assignment or exam answers for the current semester.
  • Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve your results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
  • Not collaborate with anyone other than staff on the graded assignment or exam questions. This means comparing answers, working as teams, or sharing answers in any way.
  • Not post answers to problems that are being used to assess student performance.
  • Always be polite and respectful when communicating across the platform (with other learners and the staff).

We will strictly enforce the honor code pledge. Students found violating this pledge will be dealt with directly. If we become aware of any suspicious activity we reserve the right to remove credit, not award a certificate, revoke a certificate, ban from any and all DEDP courses as well as notify edX for other actions. We take academic honesty very seriously at MIT. With the introduction of the MicroMasters Credential, the importance of honesty in work has been elevated to a higher level than before and we will diligently monitor this.

Future Courses Dates

Spring 2020: starts Feb. 4, 2020

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