MIT ReACT Certificate in Computer and Data Science Program

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Program Overview


The MIT ReACT Certificate in Computer and Data Science is a yearlong online learning program offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that opens up education to employment pathways for talented refugees, displaced populations, and underserved communities worldwide. The following application will be used to assess your eligibility and interest in pursuing the MIT ReACT Certificate in Computer and Data Science (CDS) for the cohort beginning January 2022.

MIT ReACT accelerates talented individuals like you to become agents of positive change in your career and communities. The MIT ReACT CDS Program is guided by four core pillars which leverage the strengths of MIT:

Academics: You will complete a curated series of online MIT coursework on MITx. Community teaching assistants and ReACT staff provide academic and technical support as learners gain mastery of foundational computer and data science concepts and skills.


Skills: Through a series of interactive online workshops, you will build and test the 21st century interpersonal skills you need to be successful in your education and careers.  You will learn from MIT and a global team of experts about innovation and entrepreneurship, creativity, leadership, and problem solving, and other uniquely human skills specific to success in the modern workforce.


Professional Internships and Experiential Learning: You will have the opportunity to consolidate what you have learned by taking part in a paid onsite or remote internship or experiential learning project with organizations in our network.


Networks: As part of the MIT ReACT community, you will join a robust network of university and industry leaders, peers, and like-minded innovators to open up new avenues of academic and professional development. ReACT pairs you with a mentor for career advising, as well as connects you to opportunities like university scholarships, entrepreneurship and innovation challenges and competitions to help launch your ideas for impact into reality.

MIT ReACT combines rigorous academic curriculum, immersive skills workshops, professional internships and experiential learning opportunities to provide you with the hands-on skills and experiences needed to accelerate your journey.


The MIT ReACT model has been designed with consideration for the complex needs of refugees and internally displaced persons. We welcome applications from refugees and internally displaced people from anywhere in the world. A significant number of positions will be reserved for women and applicants of refugee, asylee or internally displaced status. In addition to refugee-identifying candidates, we also encourage local citizens from low-income and underserved communities within Jordan, Uganda, Colombia, and Uruguay to apply. Admitted learners must be 18 years of age or older.


Due to OFAC sanctions, MIT ReACT is unable to accept learners residing within the following countries or states at this time: Iran, Cuba, Crimea, and North Korea.


Applicants will complete a proctored online math examination (free of cost) to demonstrate the requisite analytical math skills needed for successful participation in the program. Applicants must also demonstrate a proficient level of English fluency to complete the program requirements.


Please note that reliable access to a computer and internet is necessary for the completion of the MIT ReACT program. You need to have a computer running one of the following operating systems:

— Microsoft Windows, version XP or greater (XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7)

— Apple OSX, version 10.2 or greater

— Linux - most distributions that have been released within the past two years should work

— In addition, you will need the ability to download, install, and run software on your computer.


Limited financial assistance may be available for selected learners without personal computer access to participate in the program. 


Above all else, the successful applicant must possess the self-motivation, proactive thinking, creativity, and open mindedness needed to make the most of these offerings and participate fully in our vibrant multicultural community.



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