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Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1 (QS) Cambridge, MA, United States
The Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is aimed at educating students at this intellectual nexus and equipping them with a foundational knowledge of economic analysis, computing, optimization and data science.
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About the program

Contemporary electronically mediated platforms for market-level and individual exchange combine complex human decisions with intensive computation and data processing, all operating within an engineered economic environment. Examples include: online markets, crowdsourcing platforms, spectrum auctions, financial platforms, crypto currencies, and large scale matching/allocation systems such as kidney exchange and public school choice systems. These platforms encompass a growing slice of economic activity and are shifting the scope and efficiency of market and non-market exchanges.

Some forms of exchange that were simply infeasible due to coordination or information frictions (centralized kidney exchange, vehicle sharing) are suddenly available and important. Other market activities that were previously thought to require centralization and oversight, can now be decentralized and self-regulated (crypto-currency being the leading example), and the technology beneath that decentralization (so-called blockchain) will have many further critical applications. 

This emerging sphere of technological and economic activity draws expertise from three academic disciplines: computer science, economics, and data science, disciplines studied in the Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Computer science supplies the procedures and algorithms on which these technologies operate. Data science structures, parses, and interprets the vast set of informational inputs and outputs that move through these platforms. Economics guides the design of platforms, predicts and interprets their emergent properties, and sets the incentives faced by market actors to generate desirable outcomes (e.g., efficiency, transparency, incentive compatibility, public goods provision).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linear Algebra
  • Computer Science Programming in Python
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistical Methods in Economics
  • Machine Learning
  • Algorithms

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Secondary School Report (SSR), including high school transcript
  • For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend providing the results of an English proficiency exam if you have been using English for fewer than 5 years or do not speak English at home or in school, so that we may consider that information alongside the rest of your application
  • We do not have cut off or recommended scores for the ACT or SAT as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context

Tuition Fee

  • International

    73160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 73160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    73160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 73160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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