Graduate Division

Social Science - Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

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.

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Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

6 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Potential graduate students should apply to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for admission to the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.

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.

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

Financial Support

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. 

The Graduate Division also offers an array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate Resource Center.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

Click here to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities.

Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Robert Akerlof (Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University). Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Warwick. Research areas: Applied microeconomic theory, organizational economics, sociology and economics.

Pierre F. Baldi (Ph.D. Mathematics, California Institute of Technology) Chancellor's Professor, Department of Computer Science, Department of Biological Chemistry; Director of Institute for Genomics & Bioinformatics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Bioinformatics, computational biology, probabilistic modeling, machine learning.

Jeffrey Barrett (Ph.D. Philosophy, Columbia University) Chancellor's Fellow, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: philosophy of science; theory of knowledge; philosophy of physics.

Michael Birnbaum (Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles) Professor of Psychology, Cal State University, Fullerton. Research areas: Human judgment, decision-making, and utility measurement.

John P. Boyd (Ph.D. Communication Sciences, University of Michigan) Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Algebraic models of social relations, quantitative methods, and sociobiology.

William A. Branch (Ph.D. Economics, University of Oregon) Department Chair and Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Macroeconomic dynamics.

Myron (Mike) Braunstein, (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Michigan) Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Visual perception, especially depth and motion perception.

David Brownstone (Ph.D. Econometrics and Applied Microeconomics, University of California, Berkeley) Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Computer-intensive analysis of statistical estimation strategies and applied econometrics.

Jan K. Brueckner (Ph.D. Economics, Stanford University) Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Urban economics, public economics, industrial organization, housing finance.

Michael Burton, (Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford University) Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Economic and social anthropology.

Carter Butts (Ph.D. Sociology, Carnigie Mellon University) Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Social networks, bayesian methods, informant accuracy, strategic behavior.

Jean-Paul Carvalho (Ph.D. Economics, University of Oxford) Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Applied game theory; culture, identity and institutions.

Charles Chubb (Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, New York University) Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Vision, perception, information processing.

Linda Cohen (Ph.D. Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology) Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Political economy, public choice, and government regulation of business.

Art De Vany (Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Los Angeles) Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Models of industry organization, health, analysis and policy of extreme events, information processing and market institutions.

Barbara A. Dosher (Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Oregon) NAS Member, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Memory, visual perception, depth from visual motion.

John Duffy  (Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Los Angeles) Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research Areas: Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Game Theory, Macroeconomics.

Michael D'Zmura (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Rochester) Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Vision, color, attention, image understanding, virtual reality.

Jeffrey Ely (Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Berkeley). Charles E. and Emma Morrison Professor of Economics, Director, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences Program, Northwestern University. Research areas: Pure game theory, applied microeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics.

David A. Eppstein (Ph.D. Computer Sciences, Columbia University) Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Computational geometry and graphalgorithms, including finite element meshing, minimum spanning trees, shortest paths, dynamic graph data structures, graph coloring, graph drawing, geometric optimization, computational robust statistics, and geometric optimization.

Jean-Claude Falmagne (Ph.D. Psychological Sciences, University of Brussels) Research Professor, Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Assessment of knowledge, measurement theory, psychophysics, mathematical psychology.

Katherine Faust (Ph.D. Social Science, University of California, Irvine) Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Mathematical, computational, and conceptual models to study complex phenotypes.

Steven A. Frank (Ph.D. Biology, University of Michigan) Donald Bren Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: evolution of social behavior; design of reliability.

Linton C. Freeman (Ph.D. Sociology, Northwestern University) Research Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, University of California , Irvine. Research areas: Cognition of social structure, social networks.

Michelle Garfinkel (Ph.D. Economics, Brown University) Professor of Economics, University of California , Irvine. Research areas: Strategic aspects of monetary and fiscal policies.

Amihai Glazer (Ph.D. Economics, Yale University) Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research Areas: Public choice, especially concerning commitment problems.

Bernard Grofman (Ph.D. Political Science, University of Chicago) Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Models of group decision making, models of individual choice, electoral competition.

Donald Hoffman (Ph.D. Computational Psychology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Professor of Cognitive Sciences and Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Formal theories of perception, human and machine vision, recovery of depth from images.

Simon Huttegger (Ph.D. Universität Salzburg) Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Probability theory; philosophy of probability; induction, decision theory, social philosophy, dynamical systems.

Larry Iannaccone (Ph.D. Economics, University of Chicago) Professor of Economics, Director, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society, Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University. Research areas:

Geoffrey Iverson (Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, University of Adelaide, Australia; Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, New York University)  Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Psychophysics, vision, statistical estimation and testing of ordinal models.

Kent Johnson (Ph.D. Philosophy, Rutgers University) Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Lexical semantics, metaphysical/epistemological relation between current linguistic theories and broader psychological processes, methodological issues bearing on linguistic theorizing.

Marek Kaminski (Ph.D. Government and Politics, University of Maryland) Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Political systems and economics in transition, formal models of voting, political consequences of electoral laws, models of allocation and social choice.

L. Robin Keller (Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles) Professor of Management, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Individual decision making, risk analysis, fairness, probability judgments, decision problem structuring.

Igor Kopylov (Ph.D. University of Rochester) Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Microeconomic theory, decision theory, and game theory.

Natalia Komarova (Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona) Professor of Mathematics, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Mathematical modeling and biology, virus dynamics, cancer modeling.

Michael D. Lee (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Adelaide) Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research Areas: Mathematical and computational models of stimulus representation, categorization, memory, decision-making and problem-solving.

Ines Levin (Ph.D. Social Science, California Institute of Technology) Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Quantitative research methods with substantive applications in the areas of elections, public opinion, and political behavior. Statistical and computational methods for studying opinion-formation and decision-making processes.

Simon Asher Levin (Ph.D. Mathematics, The University of Maryland) NAS Member, Professor of Biology; Director, The Center for BioComplexity, Princeton University. Research Areas: Dynamics of populations and communities; spatial heterogeneity and problems of scale; evolutionary ecology; theoretical and mathematical ecology; biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

Mark Machina (Ph.D. Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego. Research areas: Utility, decision making, risk behavior.

Michael McBride (Ph.D. Economics, Yale University) Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Microeconomics, game theory, and political economy.

Louis Narens (Ph.D. Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles) Professor of Cognitive Sciences, and Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Graduate Advisor to IMBS, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Measurement theory, foundations of science, decision theory.

Andrew Noymer (Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley ) Associate Professor of Public Health, University of California, Irvine. Research Areas: Medical Demography, Mathematical Sociology, Quantitative Methodology.

Cailin O'Connor (Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, Irvine) Assistant Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine. Research Areas: Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, and evolutionary game theory.

Richard S. Palais (Ph.D. Mathematics, Harvard University) Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine. Research Areas: Mathematical Visualization and more specifically to continue the development of Macintosh program 3D-Filmstrip (now called 3D-XplorMath).

Lisa Pearl (Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Maryland at College Park) Chair and Associate Professor of Language Science and Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Language acquisition, language change, natural language processing.

Zyg Pizlo (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park). Professor and Falmagne Endowed Chair, Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Human and machine vision, 3D shape, symmetry, virtual reality, robotics, problem solving.

Dale Poirier (Ph.D. Economics, University of Wisconsin) Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: econometrics, both theoretical and empirical, specializing in bayesian econometrics.

A. Kimball Romney (Ph.D. Social Anthropology, Harvard University) NAS Member, Research Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Cognitive anthropology, cultural consensus, informant accuracy, quantitative methods.

Jeffrey Rouder (Ph.D. Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Irvine). Professor and Falmagne Endowed Chair, Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Mathematical and statistical models of perception and cognition, Bayesian mixed models, psychometrics.

Donald G. Saari (Ph.D. Mathematics, Purdue University) NAS Member, Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics and Economics, and Director Emeritus of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Mathematics and application of dynamical systems to social sciences; decision theory.

Greg Scontras (Ph.D. Linguistics, Harvard University) Assistant Professor, Language Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Natural language semantics, computational models of language understanding, and heritage languages.

Stergios Skaperdas (Ph.D. Economics, Johns Hopkins University) Clifford S. Heinz Chair and Professor of Economics, and Director of Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Economic Theory and Political Economy.

Brian Skyrms (Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh) NAS Member and Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Probability, induction, causation, rational choice.

Padhraic Smyth (Ph.D. Computer Engineering, California Institute of Technology) Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Statistical pattern recognition, probabilistic learning, information theory, artificial intelligence, image and time-series modeling.

George Sperling (Ph.D. Psychology, Harvard University) NAS Member, Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Human information processing, vision and visual perception, computer vision and image processing.

Ramesh Srinivasan (Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University) Professor and Chair of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Perception, development and cortical dynamics.

Hal Stern (Ph.D. Statistics, University of California, Irvine) Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Bayesian methods, model diagnostics, statistical computing.

Mark Steyvers (Ph.D. Psychology, Indiana University) Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Computational models of memory, reasoning and perceptions.

Rein Taagepera (Ph.D. Physics, University of Delaware) Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Quantitatively predictive models; electroral and party systems; finno-ugric area studies.

Tom Trogdon (Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Washington) Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Interaction between probability/random matrix theory and numerical analysis, Riemann-Hilbert problems, and applications of universality.

Carole Uhlaner (Ph.D. Political Science, Harvard University) Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Rational actor models and statistical analyses of political behavior, especially participation and voting; decision theory, comparative politics.

Joachim Vandekerckhove (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Leuven, Belgium) Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Response time modeling - Psychometrics - Computational methods - Bayesian statistics.

Vijay Vazirani (Ph.D. Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley) Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Algorithmic problems in mathematical economics and game theory, design of efficient exact and approximation algorithms, computational complexity theory.

James Weatherall (Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, Irvine) Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of space and time, philosophy of science, atomic, molecular, and optical physics (theory), mathematical physics.

Douglas White (Ph.D. Anthropology, Social Theory, University of Minnesota) Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: social networks, longitudinal social demography, cross cultural, quantitative methods.

Charles E. (Ted) Wright (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Michigan) Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: motor processing and control, visual search, handwriting.

Jack Xin (Ph.D. Courant Institute, New York University) Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Partial Differential Equations (PDE), asymptotic analysis, scientific computation, and their applications in fluid dynamics, voice signal processing, biology, nonlinear optics and geoscience.

John I. Yellott (Ph.D. Psychology, Stanford University) Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Vision, probabilistic choice models.

Hongkai Zhao (Ph.D. Mathematics, UCLA) Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine. Research areas: Applied and computational mathematics with application

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