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If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, submatriculation provides a way to begin the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) program while completing your undergraduate program. Once accepted to the MBDS program, up to three courses may double count towards your graduate and undergraduate programs (see below).

Admission requirements

  • You may apply as early as the first semester of your junior year and as late as the first semester of your senior year. Apply by December 1 to take courses in the spring semester. Apply by May 1 to start taking courses in the fall semester. Students entering their last semester of their undergraduate career at Penn are not eligible for submatriculation, but may apply for regular admission to the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • If you are interested in submatriculating, you should meet with your undergraduate academic advisor and the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Associate Director as early as possible. They can help you determine whether this program is a good fit for you, confirm your eligibility and determine whether additional forms should be completed.
  • You must apply to the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Program using the standard application portal for the program, noting that you are applying to submatriculate in your personal statement.


The program has two prerequisite courses: (1) introductory statistics and (2) microeconomics or game theory.

Double-counting courses

Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences submatriculates may have three courses double-counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. All double-counted courses must be approved by both your undergraduate and graduate academic advisors.

  • Double-counted courses must be graduate level (typically numbered 400 or above).

Program contacts

Our Associate Director can help you plan your path through the Master of Behavior and Decision Sciences degree.

MBDS information session

Meet our program team and hear more about the MBDS curriculum, application process, faculty, and more.

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