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 may attend 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.

Prep Program 2021 Calendar (available in June)


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). Admissions will send a list of required coursework via email to admitted students.

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 receive academic advising, meet classmates, talk with faculty and obtain information from campus representatives to maximize their graduate experience.

2021 dates and schedules will be coming soon.

  • Additional information will be updated closer to the start of prep

Analytical Writing (AW)

Analytical Writing (AW)

MCEPA, MIA and MPP only:
Session Dates: August TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
Course Material: None required

MAS-IA only:
Session Dates: August TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
Course Material: TBD

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: August TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
Course Material: None required

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), including Math Camp

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

Quantitative Methods (QM)

Session Dates: August TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
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), including Math Camp

* Math Camp must be taken before Economics (ECON)

Economics (ECON)

Lecture Dates: August TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
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 Orientation Program

Information below was updated on Feb. 11, 2021

The Career Services team welcomes you to GPS! Please read the following VERY CAREFULLY and note these important dates about our required Career Orientation Program (COP) in your calendar. It is important that we work with you prior to school starting on your internship search, as there are early fall deadlines for many internships.

We have designed a series of sessions that will give you the foundation to take charge of your career and manage it proactively, whether you have very little work experience or you are a seasoned professional. You are making an important investment in your future by embarking upon an intensive master’s degree program – we want to ensure you maximize the return on that investment. Our Career Orientation Program sessions will offer the following:

  • Review of GPS and UCSD Career Services resources, programming, employer relations and recruiting timelines
  • Workshops on networking, personal branding, LinkedIn, cover letters and effective job searching
  • One-on-one and small group resume and coaching sessions

COP will be held TBD, more information to come when Prep course schedule is finalized.

Optional sessions COP events:

  • International Student Success Series (ISSS) kick-off: TBD (For all F-1, J-1, and other visa holders only)
  • U.S. government (federal, state and local) workshops: TBD (Due to hiring guidelines, these sessions are for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)


COP is not a requirement for MAS students; however, those interested in utilizing Career Services resources now or in the future, must attend aspects of COP. These sessions will be announced at a future date.

PLEASE NOTE: Your participation at COP is REQUIRED and attendance will be taken. Students who do not participate will not be eligible for our career resources (career coaching), summer internship funding, or professional/career development funding. If you do not wish to avail yourself of our services and resources because you plan to return to or continue in your same job after graduation, please look for future communication over the summer on how to exempt yourself from attending COP.

GLI Academic English

ESL Summer Session I (for international degree students)
Dates: July TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
Location: Zoom links will be provided through Canvas prior to the start of the course
Course Material: Course reader will be available through Canvas on the first day of class

ESL Summer Session II (for international degree students)
Dates: August TBD
Schedule: TBD
Location: TBD
Course Material: Course reader will be available through Canvas on the first day of class

These courses are 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

Admitted Students