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Master’s Degree in Data, Economics, and Development Policy

Deadline: 1 June 2021

This blended program combines online learning and one semester of residential instruction at MIT, and is open to students of all educational backgrounds. 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.


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. 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 credit for the MicroMasters program courses and will be able to pursue an accelerated on-campus Master’s degree at MIT.


  • 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 admission to graduate programs in development economics, public policy, political science, or related fields

  • Social entrepreneurs, managers, and researchers in the development sector


  • 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 for 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


Core Courses

Elective Courses (Choose two of three)


To learn more about the program and enroll, visit the MicroMasters portal.

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