No, you do not have to take all 5 DEDP MicroMasters courses at the same time! You are welcome to spread the courses out over multiple semesters or years if that works best for you. You are also welcome to take all five courses at the same time if that is best for your schedule.
Most learners take one course per semester and complete the program in 18-24 months. Each course expects 12-14 hours per week of effort so a learner taking two courses at the same time should plan for 24-28 hours of effort per week. A learner taking all five courses at the same time should plan for 60-70 hours of work per week. This is an estimate and some learners report certain weeks or courses taking much more or less time, depending on their background and comfort level with the topics covered.
We designed our MicroMasters program with the intention to accommodate different learning needs and schedules – so you can take the courses over whatever time span works for you.
Please note that if you intend to apply in late December/early January for the Blended Master’s program, you will need to have completed the DEDP MicroMasters credential before submitting your application. This means by the end of December, you must have passed your five courses and proctored exams in order to be eligible to apply by the deadline in January.