MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy Pathway

Leverage your MITx Data, Economic, and Development Policy  MicroMasters® Program Certificate

It’s easy to apply your MicroMasters program certificate toward a graduate degree from RIT. The master of science in professional studies is within your reach and can be completed online or on-campus.

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Employers are looking for multi-skilled professionals

Today’s employers in high-demand fields aren’t looking for leaders who are specialists. They need professionals with a breadth of experience, skills, and education to fit a newer, more versatile mold. In fact, the World Economic Forum recommends advanced education that builds a broad, multidisciplinary—not specialized—skill set to best prepare for the jobs of the future.

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Earn an accelerated, customized graduate degree

With RIT’s master of science in professional studies, you customize your degree by choosing more than one discipline, or field of study, to reflect—and create—your career direction. You may combine your MicroMasters program certificate, talents, interests, work experience, and career goals to create a meaningful master’s degree highly regarded by industry and academia.

How it Works

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Learn on edX
Successfully complete and earn an edX MicroMasters program certificate --earn at least a B on all courses in the MicroMasters program. 


Apply to RIT
You can apply to RIT even before you’ve finished your MicroMasters program. In fact, the earlier you apply and get connected with an advisor, the better!


Pursue the MS degree in Professional Studies
Once you’re accepted into the program, you will be awarded credit for your MicroMasters program credential* toward the Professional Studies master’s degree.


Watch your career soar
The depth and breadth of interdisciplinary skills you gain in this program will set you up for higher-paying and high-growth careers.

Learners who successfully complete a verified MicroMasters program certificate and are accepted to RIT will be awarded up to 12 credits toward select graduate degree programs at RIT, resulting in a lower-cost and accelerated master’s degree.

* Credits awarded for MicroMasters program completion may vary by program.

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Limitless opportunity

Here are just some of the subject areas you may choose to study at RIT to serve as an area of concentration.

  •  Marketing
  •  Finance
  •  Applied Statistics
  •  Data Analytics
  •  Product Development
  •  Information Technology
  •  Lean Six Sigma
  •  Logistics
  •  Project Management
  •  Business Management
  •  Service Leadership
  •  Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  •  Network Security & Systems Administration
  •  Industrial & Systems Engineering
  •  Technical Communications
  •  Sustainability

How to Get Started

When you are ready to apply, you will complete the online application and demonstrate these requirements:


Degree
Hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from a regionally accredited institution.


Cumulative GPA
Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.


Official Transcripts
Submit (in English) for all completed undergraduate, graduate study, and MicroMasters program certificate (requires at least a B on all courses in the MicroMasters program).


English Language Aptitude
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exams required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English.

Let’s Talk

For questions about edX MicroMasters programs, you may contact edX directly. For questions about RIT’s MS degree in Professional Studies, you can schedule a virtual advising session, or contact us directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

RIT’s master of science in professional studies will serve as the degree pathway for learners who successfully complete any edX MicroMasters program, limited to one MicroMasters program offered from another institution.

No, earning a MicroMasters program credential does not guarantee admission to a full master's degree program. If you apply and are accepted into the on-campus or online master of science in professional studies, the MicroMasters program credential will count toward the degree. To successfully earn a MicroMasters program credential you must finish all courses/exams/projects with a B or equivalent grade and earn verified certificates for each course. You must also have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and satisfy all other application requirements.

The number of credits offered varies across MicroMasters programs. RIT reviews the curriculum of each MicroMasters program to determine the number of credits to be counted toward the master of science in professional studies.

You may apply credit from two MicroMasters programs as long as one is an RITx MicroMasters program.

Your admissions advisor looks forward to working with you as you explore this graduate degree at RIT.  If you have any questions about the application or admission process you may contact her at any time. You can start your application by visiting www.rit.edu/apply.

The application is fairly easy to work through, and you can share your edX program record with RIT so we can add that to your application, which will speed up your application process.