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.
Those students interested in the Emphasis in Social Networks or in the Emphasis in Games, Decisions and Dynamical systems, should make this clear in their application. A student is free at any time after admission to move into or out of the Emphases, but will be subject to the requirements in effect at the time of original admission to the Concentration.
Applicants who wish to focus on mathematical behavioral sciences should indicate their interest on the UCI Graduate Application for Admission. The faculty in the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences will review each application. Applications for Ph.D. programs are accepted for Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter entry, however, all applications must be submitted by March 1. However, we will entertain later applications.
All applicants are required to submit scores for the GRE general test as well as letters of recommendation. Limited financial support in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships is available to qualified students. The deadline for receipt of applications to ensure full consideration for teaching assistantships or fellowships is February 15. In addition, there may be research assistantships available under grants to individual faculty members.