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Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences

Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences graduate program students

Learn the theory, apply the tools and make a difference

Penn’s Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) is informed by contemporary theories and research methods of behavioral economics, decision sciences, network analysis, and public policy. Our program equips students with theoretical and practical tools to address a variety of real-life problems, putting you ahead of the curve in a growing field of study.

Our interdisciplinary degree prepares you to understand how individuals and groups make decisions, and how to affect those decisions. Our world-renowned faculty and researchers are also leading practitioners in their fields. With their expertise, you are guided to apply what you learn to real-life problems in areas such as social and public policy, law, education, business, and medicine.

Housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, the MBDS program is rooted in the social sciences—the skills we teach help you make a positive, sustainable impact in your area of interest.

GRE test scores are now required for applicants who have just completed undergraduate studies or who have less than five years of professional experience.

For international students, the MBDS program is coded as 30.1701 - Behavioral Sciences, which is STEM eligible. International students should consult with International Student and Scholar Services regarding any implications of completing a STEM eligible master's program.

Impact decisions and behaviors in a variety of fields

Hear from the MDBS Founding Director, Cristina Bicchieri, about how this unique theoretical and applied master’s degree provides the understanding and tools students need to enact behavioral change in individuals and in organizations.

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Fast facts

Representing students in the 2017-2019 cohorts

Percentage of international students, representing 22 countries
Percentage of students matriculating directly from the workforce
Number of undergraduate majors represented
Percentage of women enrolled in this STEM graduate program

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.

Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics

Led by MBDS Founding Director Cristina Bicchieri, this newly formed research center aims to support positive behaviors on a global scale.

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Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences
McNeil Building
Rm 438
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tel: (215) 746-3618
Fax: (215) 573-2231

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