Potential graduate students should apply to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies
for admission to the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.
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
The IMBS and the Center for the Study of Democracty formally sponsor the joint Ph.D.
concentration in Political Economy/Public Choice in Political Science and Economics.
Information can be found at www.democracy.uci.edu.