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Math Boot Camp for Engineers

An intensive review of undergraduate-level mathematics for prospective and beginning graduate students in science and engineering.

start date
8 Weeks
4-8 hr/wk

About this course

Are you pursuing advanced studies in science or engineering? If so, a solid mastery of core undergraduate-level mathematical skills will be essential to your success.

At MIT, we observe that students enter our graduate program with a range of mathematical backgrounds. Thus, we have created the self-paced online course Math Boot Camp for Engineers to help our own MIT Engineering students self-diagnose and brush up on math topics that are commonly taught in an undergraduate science or engineering curriculum. We would now like to open this online course to you, too, on MITx Online.

What is unique about the Math Boot Camp is that it is designed for efficient review. There are hundreds of practice problems with detailed solutions, complemented by videos and worked examples to jog your memory, as well as diagnostic problems to assess your mastery of specific skills.

In the summer of 2021, an early version of the Math Boot Camp was offered as a Small Private Online Course to beginning Chemical Engineering graduate students at eight peer US institutions including Stanford, CalTech, University of Minnesota, etc.. The students who participated remarked that the course helped them prepare for their graduate studies.

Math Boot Camp for Engineers is best suited for prospective and beginning graduate students in STEM disciplines.

What you’ll learn

Intensive review of:

  • Single- and multivariable calculus
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Linear algebra
  • Series
  • Probability and statistics


This course is intended for efficient review and is not recommended for first-time learning. Prior undergraduate mathematics course work found in a typical science or engineering curriculum is expected.

Meet your instructors

  • Martin Bazant

    Professor of Chemical Engineering & Mathematics

  • Bradley D. Olsen

    Professor of Chemical Engineering

  • Connor Cooley

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Joey Gu

    Lecturer & Digital Learning Scientist in Chemical Engineering

Who can take this course?

Because of U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) restrictions and other U.S. federal regulations, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba, Syria, North Korea and the Crimea, Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic regions of Ukraine.