August 30 - September 17, 2021


The goal of the Mathematical Methods program is to review and develop the majority of the mathematics that will be used during the core courses of the PhD and MACRM programs.

All incoming Harris PhD and MACRM students are required to participate in the Mathematical Methods program. Other full time Masters students interested in pursuing PhD level course work as part of completing their degree can request consideration to join the program. The treatment of topics will be semi-rigorous: in coursework, students will prove the simpler results but not the more advanced results. Students will not receive an official grade for this course but will take grade quizzes throughout the course.


Although the program is required for all PhD and MACRM students, they will need to register. Please read important information in the Schedule section below about times, instructional modalities, and vaccination requirements before registering. Registration for the 2021 program is now closed.


The Mathematical Methods program will occur from August 30 through September 17, 2021. Coursework will be scheduled for weekdays, with each day will include lecture-style reviews of mathematical concepts and a recitation session.

In 2021, we will offer both in-person and virtual options for participants, barring changes in public health requirements. The schedule will consist of a daily lecture and recitation session. When registering, participants will choose from one of two options:

  • Section 1, In-Person: 9:00-10:30am Chicago Time (lecture) & 8:00-9:00pm Chicago Time (recitation session)
  • Section 2, Virtual-Only: 9:00-10:30am Chicago Time (lecture) & 8:00-9:00pm Chicago Time (recitation session) – the virtual-only section will take place entirely over Zoom.

The lecture and recitation session each day will occur in a dual modality, with the option for Section 1 students to participate in-person while Section 2 students participate virtually through a Zoom meeting. Space in Section 1 will be limited to ensure proper social distancing in classrooms.

Students interested in participating in Section 1 (In-Person) of the Mathematical Methods program must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination by August 1 to the University. Unvaccinated students with an approved exemption, or who are in the process of being fully vaccinated, will be subject to weekly testing and may be required to follow additional mitigation measures. Students who are in the process of being vaccinated should email a copy of their vaccine appointment confirmation to by August 1. UChicago’s COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs can help answer questions about vaccination requirements.

Instructional Mode Definitions:

  • Dual modality: Combines in-person and virtual participants in one synchronous environment. Students in Section 1 will be in the classroom with the instructor during the lecture while students from Section 2 login via Zoom to participate in the same lecture.
  • In-person: Teaching and participation both occur live and in the classroom.
  • Virtual only: Teaching and participation occur entirely remotely and over Zoom.

Additional orientation programming will also be offered during the program to ensure that participants have a smooth transition into Harris.