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Program Resources

Academic resources

Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences students at Penn are part of a vibrant intellectual community, with access to a wide range of academic and cultural resources, including:

Virtual information session

Get an overview of Penn's Master of Behavioral and Decisions Sciences from Founding Director Cristina Bicchieri, Vice Dean of Professional and Liberal Education Nora Lewis, and the MBDS program team. Learn about our curriculum, University resources, students and alumni, and the application process.

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Virtual alumni panel discussion

Recent Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) alumni panelists talk about their professional and academic lives and reflect on how the MBDS program fit into and influenced their career trajectory.

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Student handbook

For guidelines on MBDS degree requirements, structuring your individualized curriculum, capstone and policies, refer to the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Handbook (PDF).

Research opportunities

The Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences collaborates with many schools, centers, and institutions across Penn. Connecting resources across the University, students are welcome to explore independent research opportunities and attend seminars with:

Student representatives

What is an MBDS student representative and what do we do?

An MBDS student representative is a program student elected to serve as a liaison between the student body and the school administration. As MBDS student representatives, we are tasked with being the voice of the MBDS program in the LPS student government and with working hand in hand with our program faculty to bridge the gap between students and the administration. This includes being a sounding board for students, relaying the wants and needs of our peers, and working with Luis to find ways to build positive student interactions and experiences.

What are we doing and who is helping to do it?

Within MBDS, there are student-led sub-committees that aid in building internal networking, alumni relations, and social engagement. These groups are essential in finding out what students want, how they want it, and how we can make it happen. Our community members, Mason Shihab (social engagement), Ori Huang (alumni relations), and Karuna Banerjee (internal networking), lead these program initiatives and have been able to intertwine the classroom, professional, and social elements of MBDS.

Meet our current student representatives

Ravenn Triplett (she/her) is a part-time graduate student in the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences program focusing on intervention design. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a dual degree in economics and psychology. Before heading back to school, she supported efforts to combat systemic inequality as a staff member at various nonprofits, including United Way and the Working Families Party. Ravenn currently works as a campaign organizer and hopes to stay in the political education space after graduation. In her free time, Ravenn enjoys taking on creative projects, planning trips, rollerblading, and working with kids.

Bump Lisk (he/him) is a part-time graduate student in the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences program with a concentration in behavioral economics. Originally from central New Jersey, he completed his undergraduate studies in finance at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Bump is currently an analyst at Roundview Capital Management, a family office wealth advisory firm in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to joining Penn and Roundview, Bump spent summers at Wells Fargo, BC Partners, and Northeast Equity Research. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, and running.

Upcoming application deadlines

The priority admission deadline for fall 2023 is December 1, 2022. The regular deadline February 1, 2023.

Virtual Information Session

Want to know more?

Join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, for a virtual information session.

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