Pursue this Master's Program from MIT without a College or School Degree
A new master degree program at MIT is changing the way graduates are admitted in universities. Till the early 2017, MIT selected most of the candidates for their Master's program through GRE and on the basis of letter of recommendation and earlier grades. Esther Duflo, co-founder of MIT's Poverty Action Lab,believes that the letter of recommendation is only useful when the faculties of MIT are familiar with the faculties of colleges the students come from, moreover, most of the students who get admission to MIT, do not have perfect GRE scores.
The Poverty Action Lab, officially known as the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, or J-PAL, is testing more than 800 programs around the world. It is now allowing students to take up online courses for credit. If the students perform well, they are granted to take up Mater's degree program in the campus. The master's program is in data, economics and development policy. More than 8,000 students around the world have enrolled online.10% of the students are from China, there is a big group from India. In total, there are 182 countries represented as part of the program.
Students can take 5 online courses for free, they only need to pay for the final exams for each courses starting from $100 to $1,000.Once they've completed the online courses, students can apply to the on-campus master's program. Students are admitted based on their performance in the online courses. If accepted, students would spend about six months on campus: a spring semester and a summer semester. They would be required to complete a project and write a master's thesis too. The first group of students of this course is scheduled to arrive in 2020.