To earn the Master of Applied Science in Data, Economics and Design of Policy (DEDP), students must first earn the MITx MicroMasters credential. The five online courses that make up the online credential cost between $250 to $1000 per course, based on students' ability to pay.

Approximate MIT costs for the in-person component of the degree (the spring and summer semesters) are available below for the 2023 academic year. Please note that these costs are subject to change. To find the most up-to-date tuition costs by semester, please visit the Registrar’s Office website. Students who are admitted to the program will be eligible to apply for financial support through scholarships.

For more detailed information regarding the cost of attendance, including specific costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing and food as well as transportation, please visit the SFS website.

Spring 2025 semester tuition: $30,995
Estimated summer 2025 semester tuition (internship): $670
Health insurance: $2,102 (covers spring & summer: 2/1/25-8/31/25)
Student life fee: $203
Estimated living expenses: $28,015
Total: $61,985

Please note living expenses will vary during the summer semester based on internship placement. The above estimates are based on the MIT cost of living during the entire internship placement. Living expenses and health insurance costs will also vary if you are planning to attend the program with dependents/spouse.

The MIT Graduate Admissions website provides information on living expenses (please note that this information is for a 12-month period and that DEDP students spend up to 8 months on campus). This will give a rough estimate of the cost of living for a student and will be helpful to look over if you are bringing a partner or dependents. You can also view the MIT Student Insurance Office website to give you an idea of costs for student and partner health insurance.

Students who are admitted to the program will be eligible to apply for financial support through scholarships. The Student Financial Services website can also provide additional resources on funding your master’s degree. We recommend exploring the fellowship and scholarship databases available through the Office of Graduate Education website.

Mexican Fund for Development of Human Resources (FIDERH)

As a program on the Mexican central bank's directory of preferred academic programs, any admitted student from Mexico will be eligible for a loan of up to 200,000 MXN through FIDERH with a 12 month grace period following graduation and low or no interest accumulated. Learn more at the FIDERH website.

Lemann Foundation Fellowship

Due to the generosity of the Lemann Foundation, the Data, Economics, and Design of Policy (DEDP) MicroMasters and Master’s programs are now offering scholarships and fellowships to scholars in Brazil. These scholarship and fellowship programs aim to support the education of leaders committed to Brazil's social transformation. All eligible admitted students will be automatically considered for this fellowship. 

To be eligible for the DEDP Lemann Foundation Fellowship, you must: 

  • Have been born in or currently reside in Brazil

  • Be admitted to the DEDP master's program

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the relevant portions of the DEDP master's application

DEDP program fellowships

The DEDP program has a limited number of full and partial fellowships that we offer each year, depending on student eligibility, need, and funding availability.