University of California, Irvine

School of Social Sciences

Mathematical Behavioral Sciences - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Social Sciences with a concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences offers a program of interdisciplinary and mathematical approaches to the study of human behavior, providing high levels of training in current mathematical modeling and in mathematics and software use and programming. The program is administered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty. Within the Concentration there exists two Emphases: Social Networks and Games, Decisions and Dynamical Systems.

Admission to the program requires evidence of appreciable mathematical skills and knowledge. As an absolute minimum, a candidate should have taken one full year of calculus, including calculus of several variables, and one course in linear algebra. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of additional mathematical depth of knowledge, which can be manifested in a number of different ways including, but not restricted to, an undergraduate degree in mathematics or physical science, a high score in the GRE Mathematics Subject Test, or a strong undergraduate minor in mathematics. In addition, students should have some exposure to behavioral science field; especially useful is some experience with behavioral science modeling.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

Applicants of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary levels. Please see the list of countries below for the minimum academic requirements. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores along with their application

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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