Information for MicroMasters Learners


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Benefits of the MicroMasters Program in DEDP:

  • Reach: Our courses are open to anyone with computer and internet access - there are no formal prerequisites. Anyone can participate!
  • Rigor: Courses offer the same challenge as residential MIT classes - and combine theoretical tools with practical skill-building.
  • Flexibility: All courses run 3x per year - you can spread out the coursework and exams based on your schedule.
  • Access: You are charged between $100 and $1000 per course - depending on your ability to pay. You can learn your personal course price directly through your MicroMasters program dashboard.
  • Credit: Learners admitted to the blended Master’s program will earn MIT credit for their MicroMasters program courses.

Course Prerequisites:

  • The Challenges of Global Poverty (Introductory): Some previous exposure to economics and familiarity with statistics will be helpful but not required.
  • Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations (Introductory): Some previous familiarity with basic statistical concepts will be helpful but not required. This course will also have some (limited) use of R/Stata.
  • Microeconomics (Intermediate): Knowledge of calculus is presumed.
  • Foundations of Development Policy (Advanced): Presumes familiarity with calculus, a basic understanding of statistics and econometrics, and familiarity with introductory microeconomics. R will also be used extensively and an introductory module will be provided.
  • Data Analysis for Social Scientists (Advanced): Presumes familiarity with algebra and calculus. R will also be used extensively and an introductory module will be provided.

Course Previews:

Our course previews are meant to give prospective learners the opportunity to get 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.

You can find all five course previews here.

Funding Opportunities:

The MicroMasters program in DEDP is lucky to work with a number of great organizations that may be beneficial to learners like yourself! We’ve included additional information on these opportunities below and as always, feel free to reach out to should you have any additional questions!

  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: To help meet growing demand in sub-Saharan Africa for training and capacity building, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will sponsor seven students from sub-Saharan Africa over the first three years of the blended master’s program. Sponsorship includes full coverage of tuition, housing, and healthcare costs, as well as a small living stipend. For more information on this, please visit J-PAL’s website to read a recent blog post by Rachel Glennerster (On leave as the J-PAL Executive Director and current Chief Economist of the UK Department for International Development) and Anna Schrimpf (Former Program Director of the MicroMasters in DEDP).

  • ReACT: Founded by Admir Masic, a current MIT professor in engineering and former refugee, ReACT works to bring MIT-caliber technical education to refugees and other displaced populations. Starting in the summer of 2018, ReACT will sponsor a cohort of refugees to join the MicroMasters in Data, Economics and Development Policy (DEDP), providing selected learners with access to (1) scholarships for the five MicroMasters in DEDP courses, (2) paid internships during the fall of 2018 and (3) in-person skill-building workshops during January 2019. For those interested in learning more about this program or sharing this opportunity with refugee communities, please visit the ReACT website for a more in-depth program description.

Future Courses Dates

Summer 2019: starts May 21, 2019
Fall 2019: starts Aug. 27, 2019

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