Welcome UCLA MQE 2024 Incoming Students

Welcome to the Master of Quantitative Economics at UCLA! We are excited to have you join the MQE community and are committed to ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to succeed. This page contains important details regarding MQE bootcamps, orientation and summer offerings. Please read the information carefully.

Preparing for your First Term

The MQE is a challenging program that picks up pace early on. As such, the MQE has designed a series of recommended and required offerings to help you prepare. Success in this program requires a proactive personal commitment. Our most successful students avail themselves of all the resources offered by MQE and take personal accountability for their academic and career success.


To meet the needs of students and the demands of industry, we will offer two sections of our Economics 430 “Applied Econometrics with Python” course. Eligibility for the advanced section of Econ 430 will be determined by scores on the technical assessment conducted on 9/23. Completing all MQE bootcamps and performing well on the technical assessment can lead to qualifying for the advanced track of Econ 430. Students who successfully complete advanced Econ 430 will later qualify for special advanced Machine Learning (ML) courses. Completion of all items listed below is imperative if your goal is to qualify for the advanced Econ 430.

Summer course and bootcamps are essential for your readiness and success in the MQE program. These sessions are designed to provide you with the foundational skills necessary for the academic year ahead and can significantly enhance your ability to score well on the technical assessment.



Python Self-Assessment and Econ 441A – Introduction to Programming 

Python Self-Assessment

We strongly encourage all incoming students to take the Python self-assessment to evaluate your current technical capabilities. The assessment should be taken without accessing notes or other resources. Once you complete the self-assessment, please contact mqe-sao@econ.ucla.edu to receive the answer key. If you find the self-assessment challenging or score 7 out of 10 or lower, we highly encourage you to enroll in the Econ 441A detailed below.

Econ 441A - Introduction to Programming

Submit your course enrollment request by 7/1/24
Every Tues and Wed from Aug 6 – Aug 21 via Zoom
7:30am – 9:30am PDT
Offers a head-start for the programming bootcamp and technical assessment.
$374 (course fee) + $121.40* (campus fees) = $495.40


*Campus fees noted above are an estimation. See https://summer.ucla.edu/fees-payment-and-financial-aid/ for fee and payment details.


MQE Orientation & Summer Bootcamps 

Technical Assessment

MQE Orientation

All incoming students are required to attend.
Monday, September 9
1:00 to 5:00 PM
UCLA Campus

MQE Summer Bootcamps

All incoming students are required to attend.

The bootcamps are conducted in person to ensure you receive hands-on experience and direct interaction with instructors. If you are unable to attend in person, you must submit an exemption request with documentation to mqe-sao@econ.ucla.edu.

  • Python Bootcamp
    Tuesday, September 10 – Thursday, September 12
    9:00 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 3:30 PM
    UCLA campus
  • Math & Stats Bootcamp
    Monday, September 16 – Thursday, September 19
    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    UCLA Campus

Technical Assessment

Monday, September 23
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
UCLA Campus
Your score on this assessment will determine which Econ 430 track you will be eligible for.

Your participation in these summer programs is critical for your success and progression in the MQE program. We are here to support you to ensure you have a strong start. If you have a justifiable reason, such as work commitments or medical issues, that prevents you from attending orientation or summer bootcamps in person, please inform us as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please reach out to our MQE team at mqe-sao@econ.ucla.edu.

We look forward to seeing you soon and beginning this exciting journey together.