Prep Program

Prep is designed to equip students with the skills and abilities to succeed in the demanding environment of graduate studies. The program provides a review of classroom and career-related skills as well as insight into the academic and cultural environment at the School. Students will attend a minimum of 18 instruction hours per week through five academic courses and several career development sessions throughout the summer. Prep is for anyone who wants to be up to speed on the first day of classes and prepared for success academically and professionally.

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Students who do not have an academic or professional background relevant to or sufficient for a particular course are conditionally admitted to the program and required to complete prep course(s). Admitted students can register for prep and GLI courses using their PID number. Please email if you have any questions. 

Prep registration link

Registration Fees

GLI Courses

GLI ESL Summer Session I – $1,500
GLI ESL Summer Session II – $1,500

Prep Courses
Analytical Writing:
MIA/MPP/MCEPA Students – $800
Quantitative Methods and Math Camp – $800
Economics and Math Camp – $800

Students taking more than one prep course are offered the following sliding scale (excluding ESL):
One Class – $800
Two Classes – $1,400
Three Classes – $2,000


Admitted students are required to attend all new student orientations. Orientation provides students an opportunity to meet classmates, talk with faculty, receive academic advising and obtain information from campus representatives to maximize their graduate experience.

2018 Schedule (mandatory unless specified):

Aug. 6: Prep Welcome
Sept. 14: International Center Orientation (international students only)

  • Choose one: 8 a.m.12 p.m. or 14 p.m.

Sept. 17: Incoming Student Orientation
Sept. 21: Career Services COP (international students only)

Analytical Writing (AW)

MCEPA, MIA and MPP only:
Session Dates: Aug. 7 – Sept. 13
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m.12 p.m. 
Location: Robinson Auditorium 
Course Material: None required

MAS-IA only:
Session Dates: Aug. 24 – Sept. 21
Schedule: Fridays, 14 p.m.
Location: 3203
Course Material: “A Manual for Writers” (8th Edition) by Kate L. Turabian [ISBN: 9780226816388]

These courses will prepare you for the typical analytical writing that is required for GPS. Analytical writing requires you to make an argument using factual evidence drawn from several sources. You will develop skills for:

  • Critical reading
  • Analytical thinking
  • Analytical writing
  • Evidence choice and use
  • Proper citation form and the use of the intellectual property of others

Math Camp

Math Camp

Session Dates: Aug. 7 – Aug. 17
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 13 p.m.*
TA Session: 3:154:30 p.m.*
Location: Robinson Auditorium
Course Material: None required

*August 10 Only: Lecture is 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and TA Session is 1–2:30 p.m.

Math Camp is a 9-day course that reviews the algebraic and calculus concepts used in the core courses. This course is required for students registered for the QM and Econ components. Topics include:

  • Linear and nonlinear equations
  • Functions
  • Exponential and logarithmic operations
  • Differential calculus
  • Problem-solving, optimization and constrained optimization

Quantitative Methods (QM)

* Math Camp must be taken before Quantitative Methods (QM)

Quantitative Methods (QM)

Session Dates: Aug. 20 – Sept. 13
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 34:30 p.m. 
TA Session: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:456 p.m. 
Location: Robinson Auditorium
Course Material: "Modern Business Statistics with Microsoft Excel" (6th Edition) by Anderson, Sweeney and Williams [ISBN: 9781337115186]

The QM component provides students with the set of quantitative skills required for core courses. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Introduction to probability theory
  • Decision under uncertainty
  • Summation operations
  • Basic financial computation

Economics (ECON)

* Math Camp must be taken before Economics (ECON)

Economics (ECON)

Lecture Dates: Aug. 20 – Sept. 13
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 12:30 p.m. 
TA Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:456 p.m. 
Location: Robinson Auditorium

Course Material: “Managerial Economics" (8th Edition) by William Samuelson [ISBN: 9781118808948]

The ECON component prepares students for core economic and management courses. The course builds on the basic mathematical tools acquired in the first week of the Quantitative Methods component and provides students with a set of useful tools and concepts for economics and finance. Topics include:
  • Comparative advantage and specialization
  • Demand: utility, individual vs. market demand and consumer surplus
  • Supply: profit maximization and producer surplus
  • Elasticity: price, income and cross-price
  • Maximization: using calculus and graphs
  • Market structure: perfect competition, monopoly and oligopoly
  • Expected value and net present valuation

Career Services – Career Orientation Program

Career Services looks forward to partnering with you in achieving your career goals. If you plan to utilize Career Services during your time at GPS or as an alumnus/alumna, you are required* to attend our Career Orientation Program (COP) prior to the start of Fall Quarter. We must work with you as soon as possible on these career topics as there are early fall deadlines for many internships and jobs.

COP will be held two days a week during Prep in the Robinson Auditorium:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 7 – Sept. 13, 8:3010:30 a.m.

Additional COP events:

  • New Student and Alumni Happy Hour - Thursday, Sept. 13, 57 p.m.
  • International Student Success Series (ISSS) kick-off and potluck lunch - Friday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.1:30 p.m.
    • For all F-1, J-1, and other visa holders only
  • U.S. government (federal, state and local) workshops - Wednesdays, Aug. 8 – Sept. 12, 8:3010:30 a.m.
    • For all U.S. citizens and permanent residents only


  • Introduction to careers and resources
  • Resumes
  • Networking strategies
  • Interviewing
  • Cover letters and branding
  • Sectors, hiring timelines and companies/organizations
  • Internship and job searching skills
  • Alumni and employer outreach
  • LinkedIn
  • Professional development and etiquette

Access to GPSCareers, our online career portal, will be available in August once we start COP.  We will send your login information at that time.  

MAS-IA Students

COP is not a requirement; however, those interested in utilizing Career Services resources now or in the future, must attend the all-day session on Monday, September 24, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium at GPS.

Optional sessions for MAS-IA students:

  • An additional half day COP on additional topics – Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m.1 p.m.

*PLEASE NOTE: Your participation in COP is REQUIRED and attendance will be taken. Students who do not participate will not be eligible for our career resources, including career coaching, summer internship funding, or professional development/conference funding. If you do not wish to avail yourself of GPS Career Services and resources because you plan to return to or continue in your current job, please let us know and we will send you a waiver to read and sign that will exempt you from attending.

GLI Academic English

ESL Summer Session I (for international degree students)

Dates: July 2 – Aug. 2
Schedule: Monday – Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Language Lab Schedule: Self-paced and monitored weekly (3 hours per week)
Location: 1301
Course Material: Course reader will be available for purchase on the first day of class

GLI 100: Intensive Integrated English

This course is designed to prepare international students for graduate-level classes in the fall and to instill confidence in everyday English speaking and listening skills. Intensive Integrated English combines face-to-face classroom instruction with a self-paced online curriculum that is monitored and evaluated by the instructor to reinforce weaker skills that can be practiced by the individual student. Through small group and class discussion, students will develop the following critical academic skills:

  • Reading and skimming for main ideas and key phrases
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Writing well-supported paragraphs and essays
  • Giving and receiving feedback during peer editing and class discussions
  • Improving listening and note-taking skills
  • Expanding and applying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar

ESL Summer Session II (for international degree students)

Dates: Aug. 7 – Sept. 6
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 810:50 a.m.
Location: 1301

GLI 101A: Advanced Academic English Skills

This course is designed to further advance English proficiency for international students in graduate studies. Selected reading models and written and oral presentation exercises that simulate the GPS classroom environment will build one’s abilities to write well-supported paragraphs and essays. The study of grammar and vocabulary is used to strengthen students' clarity in written expression as well as provide fundamental skills to present the paper to an audience. Subsequently, students will improve note-taking skills as each student presents a paper to the class.

Admitted Students