Data, Economics, and Development Policy

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19 - 201


(617) 324-6566


Application Opens: 

February 4


January 24



To apply to the program, all students must first complete the MITx MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy.

Terms of Enrollment: 

Spring Term (January)


Master of Applied Science in Data, Economics, and Development Policy

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Not required

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514

Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.

Areas of Research: 

Not Applicable

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Personal statement*
Research statement**
Two letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores
MITx MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy

Special Instructions: 

All students must first successfully complete the online MITx MicroMasters credential at their own pace before applying to MIT for the DEDP master’s program. The MicroMasters credential requires learners to pass five rigorous online courses, along with accompanying proctored exams for each course. The semester-long MicroMasters courses are open to learners around the world.

*In your personal statement, please explain why you are a good candidate for graduate school. You should describe why you wish to attend graduate school, what you would like to study, and any research experience you have. Describe one or more accomplishments you are particularly proud of that suggest that you will succeed in your chosen area of research. 

**In your research statement, present a research topic that you would like to pursue during your summer capstone project. Describe the motivation, research question, your methodological approach, and the data you would use to answer the question. Describe how the study will contribute to the field of development economics. Note that you do not need to complete a full research study during your summer capstone project.

***Transcripts are required for any previous university-level coursework for all applicants. Although official transcripts are not required at the time of applying, they will be required from admitted students in order to enroll in the program.