Jan 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Behavioral and Computational Economics, M.S.


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This innovative master's program is open to any student with a strong mathematical or computational background and an interest in how people make personal and impersonal exchanges with individuals, corporations, and government entities. It complements the preparation of students who have received undergraduate degrees in engineering, economics, computer science, mathematics, physics and computational science. Admission is limited to highly qualified students with a completed bachelor's degree and appropriate prerequisites. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher to remain in the M.S. in Economic Systems Design program.

Admission deadline

Submit an application by May 31.

Admission requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree and appropriate prerequisites from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher and prerequisite coursework or equivalent preparation with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher.
  2. Remit the non-refundable application fee of $60, payable to Chapman University.
  3. Submit official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution only to the Office of Graduate Admission, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, California 92866.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the applicant's academic abilities.
  5. Achieve an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  6. Complete an interview in person or via teleconferencing platform (Skype, Zoom, etc.).
  7. Foreign applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. will be required to achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic).

Requirements for the Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics degree

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics degree are held to the University's Academic Policies and Procedures. In addition these specific degree standards apply:

  • Minimum grade "C+" or above required in all coursework.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher to remain in the program.
  • Complete the thesis courses ECON 691 , ECON 692 , or additional units of graduate credit approved by program director.

The following courses make up the Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics curriculum:

prerequisites (15 credits)


prerequisites must be completed with a 3.500 GPA or higher

  • MATH 210 - Multivariable Calculus 3 credits *
  • CPSC 236 - Visual Programming 3 credits *
  • MGSC 406 - Advanced Experimental Design and Statistics 3 credits **
  • ECON 464 - Game Theory I 3 credits **
  • ECON 481 - Auction and Market Design 3 credits **

total credits 30


*Equivalent preparation may be used to fulfill these requirements.

**MGSC 406, ECON 464, 481 can be taken at Chapman University as a junior, senior, or graduate if planning to apply to the program or have been admitted to the program.

***With approval from the program director, students may enroll in three approved graduate courses equal to nine credits, related to the program of study, in lieu of ECON 691  and ECON 692 .

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