Session I (August 10 – August 14) & Session II (August 31 – September 11)


The MA in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) Math Refresher is a three-week review course designed to ensure that incoming MAIDP students are proficient in the mathematical concepts needed to successfully navigate the MAIDP Core Curriculum. This year, the Math Refresher will be offered in a virtual format to safeguard the health of our community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote connection between students who are able to be in Chicago and those who are not. 

The first session assesses a student’s baseline and provides a foundation of microeconomics and data analytics.

The second session reviews foundational concepts and applies problem sets and real-world scenarios to mathematical concepts.

The final two weeks of the program are supplemented with additional orientation programming and community building to ensure that participants have a smooth transition to Harris.


MAIDP students must register for each session of the program.

The deadline to register is July 1, 2020.


The program meets on weekdays during the following dates:

  • Math Refresher I
    • August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020
    • Combo - Recorded/Interactive - Virtual
      • 8:00AM - 9:00AM (Central Standard Time)
  • Math Refresher II
    • September 1, 2020 - September 11, 2020
    • Combo - Recorded/Interactive - Virtual
      • 8:30PM - 9:30PM (Central Standard Time)

Each days instruction will include at least two hours of review. Instead of two continuous hours of instruction each day, we will break the Math Refresher into halves to allow for flexibility.

One hour listed above, will include a live zoom lecture. Our instructor Rohen, will then assign 1 hour of asynchronous (pre-recorded) videos to watch (including practice problems on Diagknowstics). You can watch the pre-recorded lecture at your leisure though it is designed to work in tandem with the live instruction while removing zoom fatigue.

Rohen will address in his live zoom instruction, any questions from the videos you watched and give additional applications based on the cohorts interests. This way it gives you a bit more flexibility on when to watch the videos each day and gives you time to do practice questions in between the asynchronous content (pre-recorded videos) and your live zoom sessions.

Pre-recorded and live zoom lectures will also be posted to our Canvas site to account for any technical glitches that may arise such as internet inconsistencies etc. In addition to the recording and live zoom lectures, notes for each session will also be posted on the program’s canvas site.

Additional Events:

Some elements of the program require you to register and may have limited availability.

Please be sure to register for the programs below as soon as possible. If you register for a program and can no longer attend, please notify your program director.

Welcome Dinner:

The welcome dinner is an opportunity for the cohort to take a break from the academic rigor and orientation modules to more intimately get to know one another.

At this dinner students share their stories, interact socially, and have fun. It is a time for networking, relaxing, enjoying good food, laughing, and developing deep bonds with 50 of your newest best friends!

Register for the Welcome Dinner – September 18

Diagnostic Assessment

All incoming MAIDP students should take and submit results for the Diagnostic Assessment.

Please check your UChicago email for a link to complete the Math Refresher Diagnostic. This link will say “UChicago Canvas”.

Students should answer without using any outside resource. The assessment is internally reviewed to gauge your current quantitative level. No grades are issued.

Your results are measured at the end of Math Refresher to ensure we have covered the relevant quantitative concepts for a successful MAIDP Core.

Results should be submitted through Canvas by July 1, 2020.


The MAIDP curriculum reviews the following concepts:

  • Pre-algebra – fractions, exponents, order of operations, absolute values
  • Algebra – 1 & 2 step equations
  • Systems of equations/Graphing
  • Probability/Summary Stats (1&2)

The last weeks combine concepts while adding instruction in R.

Instruction reviews analytical thinking on topics such as climate change, healthcare, drug pricing, economic growth, conflict, education and more.