Consistent with our Day One philosophy, we offer resources to help you prepare for the Math Exam.

What is the Math Exam?

All incoming Harris master's students with the exception of those in the MACRM and EMP programs must take the mandatory math exam during new student orientation.  The exam ensures students have the necessary quantitative skills in preparation for the statistics and microeconomics courses in the Core. The exam is a degree requirement and all master's students must sit for it.  The exam will be administered during New Student Orientation in late September. If you do not pass the math exam, you will need to enroll in a non-credit math course during autumn quarter. Class meeting times/days will be announced prior to registration. There is no tuition and there are no fees associated with this course. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. 

Should I Attend the Math Camp?

Math Camp is held in September and is designed to prepare students who want to study or review the mathematical principles prior to the math exams. Many students take advantage of the program, but you know yourself best and will likely be able to determine how much additional preparation you will need for the math exam. If you need to keep working full-time through most of September or do not believe that you need three weeks of review, feel free to just come for new student orientation programming.


All incoming Masters students (except MACRM) should take and self-report your scores for the math exam self-assessment. The self-assessment will give you a sense of how much preparation you need for the math exams and will identify the topics in which you need the most help. Self-reported scores should be submitted by June 14th.

It's best if you can take the entire self-assessment in one sitting, during the indicated time limit, so find a quiet space with no notes or calculators. Score your self-assessment using the grading guides, and report your scores so that instructors can better plan for Math Camp & Jumpstart.


Additional Preparation

Some incoming students who have not used mathematics skills recently find it beneficial to enroll in a college level algebra or calculus course in a local college or through online course platforms. Should the mathematics principles encountered in the self-assessment be less familiar, we highly recommend taking a course locally before coming to Harris for Math Camp. If you are not able to take a course, you could review algebra and calculus content through online tutorial websites like Khan Academy.

In addition, the Jumpstart Program is a two-week customized program designed specifically for enrolling students that have a limited quantitative background prior to joining Harris. Acceptance into the program is based on invitation.