Intern for your future self! Prepare for a career in Development with DEDP MicroMasters
- Internship posted by MIT Open Learning
Hours per week
12 hrs/wk per course (5 courses--do not have to take all 5 courses at once)
Looking to start a career in development or public policy, political science, or related fields? Interested in pursuing a graduate education in one of these topics? The MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) MicroMasters program will prepare you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you'll need to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world's poor.
The DEDP MicroMasters program is co-designed and run by MIT’s Department of Economics and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global leader in conducting randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing poverty. It is intended for learners who are interested in building a full set of tools and skills required for data analysis in the social sciences, understanding the problems facing world’s poor, and learning how to design and evaluate social policies that strive to solve them.
Through a series of five online courses and in-person exams learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, probability and statistics, and engage with cutting-edge research in the field. The program is unique in its focus on the practicalities of running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis.
You can take these courses online from anywhere and at your own pace.
Learners who successfully complete the five MicroMasters courses and their corresponding in-person exams will be eligible to apply to MIT’s new blended Master program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. If accepted, students will earn MIT credit for the MicroMasters courses, and will be able to pursue an accelerated on-campus Master’s degree at MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA). Graduate credit for the MicroMasters credential will also be offered by the American University in Cairo (Egypt).
How To Apply
Anyone from anywhere in the world can enroll in one or all of the DEDP MicroMasters courses. There are no pre-requisites to enroll. However, 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.
You are welcome to audit the courses for free. If you'd like to earn a verified certificate of completion for each course, and if you pass them all, the DEDP MicroMasters credential, you must pay to have your identity verified for each course. Prices vary, depending on learners' ability to pay.
Enrollment is now open for the Summer 2018 semester, which begins on June 5, 2018. Enrollment closes July 3, 2018.