Learners will find prior training in or exposure to economics, development, political science, public policy, public health, statistics, and related fields will be helpful for the MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy.
The program team recommends that learners possess a solid understanding of undergraduate-level algebra and calculus before beginning the program. Some DEDP courses require the use of the R programming language for data analysis—these courses will offer an introductory module to help learners get started.
Additionally, learners should be prepared in several important topic areas for each course. Please refer to the DEDP MicroMasters site's Learner Resources page as well as the links below for a number of suggested preparation resources. These preparation courses are not required to earn your DEDP MicroMasters credential. We strongly encourage that any preparation courses you take on the edX platform should be taken for free on the audit track. Some courses listed are also available on MIT Open Courseware, a database of archived MIT residential courses in a fully learner-driven format—or the MIT Open Learning Library, a free online learning platform hosting archived MIT residential courses in a more interactive format.
Learners are also invited to use the Course Previews to evaluate their current skills. These previews provide a taste of the content and exercises that will be covered in each course. If you are new to these subjects, or eager to refresh your memory, each course preview also includes some available resources. These resources may also be useful to refer to over the course of the semester.
A score of 60% or above in the course previews indicates that you are ready to take the course, while a score below 60% indicates that you should further review the concepts covered before beginning the course. Please see below for links to the Course Preview Documents.
Unfortunately, at this time, a Course Preview is not available for 14.009x Good Economics for Hard Times and we do not know whether or when a preview may become available. However, as 14.009x has no pre-requisites (unlike most DEDP courses, which recommend proficiency in one or more topic areas in mathematics and/or economics), the course should be suitable for all learners.
Preparation Topics and Courses
Additional Course Recommendations
Core Courses (All learners must complete all three of these courses)
Elective Courses (Learners must choose two of these courses—at least one must be an Advanced Elective Course)
This course has no pre-requisites.
Various resources will be made available throughout the course for students to learn or refresh on the most important topics.
edX: AP Microeconomics