University of Pennsylvania - Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences

    Cristina Bicchieri, PhD, Director
    Christopher Nave, PhD, Associate Director

    The University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences gives you the theoretical and practical tools needed to model and change behavior — in law, social and public policy, health, education and business. Students can finish the coursework in one full-time academic year, using the summer to complete the capstone research project, or part-time at a flexible pace. The Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences curriculum is informed by contemporary theories of behavioral decision-making, neuroeconomics, networks and social evolution. Housed in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, our program is rooted in the social sciences — the skills we teach help you make a positive, sustainable impact in your field of work or research.

    As a Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences student, you can expect:
    • World-renowned faculty and experts • Highly applied learning experiences • Personalized concentrations • Professional internships with industry experts • Research opportunities at Penn and in the field • Elective courses in schools across the University

    Our interdisciplinary curriculum allows you to take elective classes from:
    • The School of Arts & Sciences • The School of Social Policy & Practice • The Wharton School • Perelman School of Medicine • Penn Law • Penn Graduate School of Education • Annenberg School for Communication • Penn School of Nursing When you become a student at the University of Pennsylvania, you join an extraordinary community of thinkers and doers at one of the greatest centers of learning in the United States. One of eight private universities in the Ivy League, Penn consistently ranks among the top ten national universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. There are more than 24,000 students at Penn, including more than 4,600 international students. And with more than 4,600 faculty members, Penn's student-faculty ratio is 6:1.

    M.B.D.S.: Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences

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