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.
- Microeconomics (Intermediate): Knowledge of calculus is presumed.
- Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations (Intermediate): Some previous familiarity with basic statistical concepts will be helpful but not required. This course will also have some (limited) use of R/Stata.
- 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.
Elective Courses (choose two of three):
- The Challenges of Global Poverty (Introductory): Some previous exposure to economics and familiarity with statistics will be helpful but not required.
- 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.
- Political Economy and Economic Development (Advanced): Presumes familiarity with calculus, a basic understanding of statistics, and familiarity with microeconomics. R will be used in the course and an introductory module will be provided.
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 of the DEDP course previews here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
DEDP Learner Stories
Leena, Sudan (Teach for Qatar)
The DEDP program, to me, is the perfect opportunity to grow further in the skills necessary to work better with data and to understand the role that good data plays in driving decisions at a policy level. In addition to professional reasons, I also dream, like anyone from a developing country struggling with issues of poverty and inequity, of somehow making a difference. The courses I am enrolled in so far have challenged me and helped put me on the right track to formulating a better idea of the kind of impact I would like to have, whether in Sudan, or elsewhere.
Kundan, India (Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society)
What motivated me to join the MicroMasters program was the way the course curriculum is designed and that the courses were being presented by some of the most esteemed personalities of the development sector. The courses on Data Analysis and Microeconomics provide a solid foundation on which the other three courses build to provide real life examples, empirical frameworks and other practical aspects that are frequently encountered in the development sector.
Diana, Romania (Consultant)
The program appeals to me for couple of reasons. Firstly, the program offers continuity in my line of work as it is well connected to the portfolio of activities carried out at the World Bank, Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund. Secondly, the rigorous training in impact evaluation and statistics allows me to hone my analytical skills and I very much enjoy the opportunity we have to collect data through Survey CTO and carry out analysis in STATA, R. Thirdly, the multidisciplinary nature of the program offered by leading faculty members and the exposure I have to different topics provides me with well-grounded knowledge in diverse arrays of this field. Finally, the opportunity to pursue further studies at the MIT campus, if granted admission, will not only offer me the chance to enhance the knowledge already gained through the online platform, but also combine it with hands-on experience through the internship program. The knowledge gained should help me make a more active contribution to the field of evidence based policies and programs here in Romania, a field which has not yet been explored.
Elie, Burundi (Student at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
It seemed reasonable to do a Masters in economics, in the hopes that I would be able to design better policies and interventions for the development of my country, improve the lives of my compatriots that are poor.Thankfully, I got into economics and I am now in my second year. On one hand, I am satisfied with what the economic knowledge I am gaining. On the other hand, I was disappointed because the economics of the poor and how to improve their lives was rarely discussed or presented in class. And this is what this Micromasters in Data, Economics and Development Policy is giving me. One of the courses I am taking so far is Challenges of Global Poverty. I can relate my life and my experience to every topic and this makes my learning more enjoyable. In this MicroMasters, improving the lives of the poor remains at the centre of learning, and this is at the centre of my purpose.
Pallavi, India (Ministry of Rural Development)
I came to know about MicroMasters in DEDP from one of my friends. When I looked into the course content immediately I decided to join and I enrolled for two courses this time. Though I am enjoying both the courses, I like studying Foundations of Development Policy the most. Before joining this course I did not know R. Thanks to MicroMasters for the motivation - I learned it in no time! The most fascinating thing about these courses is that I got to read a lot many papers by the great researchers across the world. The insights from the videos and the quizzes were equally useful and thorough understanding of the paper could have been difficult without homework assignments.So far my knowledge of the developing world was quite limited to India. This course gave me an opportunity to get to know about the development issues and policies in other developing countries as well. Overall, MicroMasters is enabling me in achieving my dream of contributing to the development economics and public policy.
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