Master in Public Affairs (M.P.A.)
All new M.P.A. and Ph.D. students begin their respective degree programs by attending a three-week "math camp" from mid-August through the first week of September. Math courses are offered in four varieties--one with algebra, trigonometry, and brief calculus, and three that are calculus-based. The most advanced features a steady diet of linear algebra and multivariate calculus. The math classes meet three hours a day, and the remainder of the days are filled with mind-expanding activities. The name "math camp" is somewhat of a misnomer, as students are exposed to far more than a refresher of quantitative skills. Those students who have little previous exposure to economics are offered an intensive introduction to microeconomic principles.
The Office of Graduate Career Services offers career development workshops and public speaking exercises. A weekend retreat at the Princeton-Blairstown Leadership Program, located in the rugged and scenic wilderness of the Delaware Water Gap, is optional but always oversubscribed. These three weeks offer new students a relaxed way to meet classmates, enjoy meals, engage in activities, and settle into the vibrant and captivating Princeton community.