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Washington DC | Pre-Term

Pre-Term courses are non-credit and do not count toward the number of courses/credits required for graduation, but offer the opportunity to complete foundation economics or quantitative reasoning course requirements.


Classes are held three to four times per week. In addition, you should plan on attending TA sessions for Economics and Statistics and office hours in the evenings and on weekends for successful completion of the program. You are also encouraged to attend the special events held throughout the program such as, weekly lunches with deans and faculty, academic presentations, and happy hours.

You may enroll in up to two of the following courses:


You will receive an introduction to Pre-Calculus and Calculus concepts that are fundamental to the the economics curriculum. It is intended for students who have never taken these courses before or who would like a refresher.

This course is taught at the intermediate level and utilizes basic calculus, such as functions and derivatives. The Pre-Term Microeconomics course is taught at an accelerated pace, and you must complete the eligibility requirements before you can enroll. If you have limited experience with Pre-Calculus and Calculus, you should enroll in the Pre-Term Math for Economics course to learn the necessary math skills needed to succeed at the school.

Completion of this course will allow you to fulfill the quantitative reasoning prerequisite of the Master of Arts (MA) curriculum.

Non-native English speakers will develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in preparation for graduate coursework.

Successful completion of Pre-Term courses is noted by High Pass (HP) or Pass (P) on your transcript. No mention of Pre-Term is noted for failed courses. Students who enroll in but do not pass Pre-Term courses must take these courses for credit during the academic year.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Pre-Term

#5. Settle into Washington DC

“I appreciated the time to be able to find housing and get to know DC.” – MA Student 2018

“It was nice to have some time to settle into DC and learn my way around before things got really busy.” – MA Student 2019

#4. Reacclimate to an academic setting

“Pre-Term gave me a chance to readjust to school before starting the fall semester.” – MA Student 2018

 “Pre-term provided a smoother transition back into academics and to re-learn study habits again after working for five years.” – MA Student 2019

#3. Make new friends 

“I met my best friends during the Pre-Term period.”— MA Student 2018

“Pre-term helped me build friendships, which have been invaluable as I have progressed through my education.” – MA Student 2019

#2. Complete core requirements and free up your schedule

“I was able to get a key course out of the way and clear up my schedule for more classes.” — MA Student 2018

“Pre-Term freed up my course schedule enabling me to pursue an economic specialization.” – MA Student 2019

#1. Increase your academic success

“Pre-Term is the perfect opportunity to establish a foundation to be a successful student at the school.” – MA Student 2018

“Attending Pre-Term was one of the best decisions I made. I would recommend it to any incoming student as a major key to success at the school.”— MA Student 2019