The application for admission to the spring 2023 cohort is currently closed. The next application cycle will open in December 2022. Admitted students will enroll in January 2024.

The application for the MIT Master’s in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) will only be open to learners who have completed the DEDP MITx MicroMasters credential (including those who will complete the credential in the fall 2022 testing session). Note that all MicroMasters grades must be submitted with the application. For questions on admissions, please contact dedp_masters@povertyactionlab.org.

Because we consider our MicroMasters courses and proctored exams to be good predictors of students’ ability to succeed in graduate-level classes at MIT, students’ performance in the MicroMasters program will play an important role in admissions. In contrast, learners will not be required to sit other standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT, nor will they be required to have any prior university-level training besides the successful completion of the DEDP MicroMasters.

You may contact us directly at dedp_masters@povertyactionlab.org should you require your application fee to be waived.

You may submit either a resume or CV, whichever is most appropriate to your background. There is no page limit.

Transcripts will be 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.

These may be from either academic or professional references.

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.

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.

Please note that we have created a brief guide on writing your research statement.

*Please note that the personal and research statement should not exceed two pages each and should be double spaced using 12pt font.

Applicants whose first language is not English must present evidence of their English ability. Applicants must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS exam is preferred at MIT. Please note that MIT also accepts the IELTS Indicator test, which can be taken online from home. We require a minimum TOEFL Internet-based score of 100 or a minimum IELTS score of 7 for admission. The institute code for the TOEFL exam is 3514.

International non-native speakers of English who have spent four or more years studying in an accredited school or university where English is the language of instruction will be eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. If you fulfill this criteria, you will have the option to request to waive the TOEFL/IELTS test on the online application, under the section 'Test Scores'. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Scores that expire while an application is under review will be considered valid.

You can find additional information for international students through MIT's International Students Office website, or reach out to us directly.

Finally, please note if you are admitted to the DEDP master's program you would not be eligible for OPT enrollment or a STEM extension.