Program Resources

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In the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) program, you join a vibrant intellectual community, with access to a wide range of academic and cultural resources.

Virtual information session

Get an overview of Penn's Master of Behavioral and Decisions Sciences from Associate Director Carter Timon 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 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, and program policies, refer to the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Handbook (PDF).

Academic resources

Find the various ways to get involved at MBDS and take advantage of all that the University of Pennsylvania has to offer. Academic resources include:

Research resources

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

Student representatives

Join and lead student groups by becoming a student representative. A Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences student representative is a program student elected to serve as a liaison between the student body and the school administration. MBDS student representatives are tasked with being the voice of the MBDS program in the LPS student government and with working hand in hand with 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 your peers
  • Working with the program director to find ways to build positive student interactions and experiences

Meet our current student representatives:

  • Ravenn Triplett (she/her) is a part-time graduate student at MBDS, 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 at MBDS 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 2025 is December 1, 2024. The regular deadline is February 1, 2025.

MBDS information session

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

Exclusive projects & engagement

Exclusive projects & engagement

Gain hands-on experience and expand your network by working on real industry challenges.