» Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics (MSBCE)

Program formerly known as Economic System and Design

Formed as an alternative to a more traditional theory-based degree, the Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics (MSBCE) pushes students to use laboratory experiments, computer simulations and mathematical analysis to study economic institutions and how they operate. This degree prepares students to design, develop, test and implement efficient exchange systems in fields such as stock trading, online auctions, scheduling, insurance and public utilities.

The program curriculum takes a unique hands-on approach. Students spend some time with traditional study of economic systems, but the majority of their work is on personal projects and experiments. Students are encouraged to use their insights to create exchange systems they find personally interesting, and the ESI professors support and work alongside the students throughout the program.

This program is for students with a strong mathematical or computational background. Specifically, it complements the educational background of students possessing or pursuing undergraduate degrees in business, economics, computer science, mathematics and psychology.

The unique MSBCE program offers two options. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree undertake a two-year master’s program. Students still working on an undergraduate degree can take a five-year program that integrates undergraduate and master’s degrees. 

2-Year Master Degree Program

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The 2-year Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics program is a unique opportunity open to anyone with a completed Bachelor’s degree and strong mathematical or computational background. 

Graduation Requirements MSBCE

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For more information on the MSBCE degree requirements, please contact Cyndi Dumas at dumas@chapman.edu or (714) 516-4513.

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Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:

 

  • Completed a bachelor's degree and the appropriate prerequisites at a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher AND prerequisite coursework or equivalent preparation with cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
  • Submit applications by May 31st for consideration.
  • Remit the non-refundable application fee of $60, payable to Chapman University.
  • Submit official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution only to: Office of Graduate Admission, Chapman University, Argyros Forum, Room 304, One University Drive, Orange, California 92866.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Achieve an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Complete a personal interview.
  • Foreign applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States may 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).

Prerequisites

Prerequisites (15 credits):

MATH 210

Multivariable Calculus*

3

CPSC 236 

CPSC 236 Visual Programming*

3

MGSC 406

Advanced Experimental Design and Statistics*

3

ECON 464

Game Theory I

3

ECON 481

Economic Systems Design I*

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Equivalent preparation may be used to fulfill these requirements.

Deadlines

Priority Consideration - February 2nd

Regular Consideration - March 31st

Subsequently, applications will be accepted until class is full.

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  • Students will be able to describe and provide examples of the effective use of economic models and experimental procedures and demonstrate the ability to implement economic models in an experimental setting and effectively use analytic tools. (e.g. experiment software, Mathematica, statistical packages, etc.)
  • Students must be able to formulate appropriate models and hypotheses, analyze data effectively, and create useful depictions of data and theory.
  • Student will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication; understand the social impact of an economic problem in relation to existing literature, and articulate in homework, presentations and thesis the validity of the research methodology undertaken and the its position in the context of current research.
  • Students will be able to recognize interactive decision making environments in which participants have an incentive to strategically respond to one and other in order to achieve either competitive or cooperative goals. Students will be able to mathematically model those environments then use either analytical or computational methods to predict the behavior that might be observed when participants act in their own interests.

5 Year Accelerated Bachelor/Masters Degree Program

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The 5 year integrated MSBCE program is a unique opportunity open to all Chapman University undergraduates or admitted transfer students with a strong mathematical or computational background. 

Graduation Requirements Integrated Undergraduate/MSBCE

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For more information on the integrated MSBCE requirements please contact Cyndi Dumas at dumas@chapman.edu or 714/516-4513.

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Admission requirements:

  • Eligible students will have completed roughly 75 credits or more of their undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher AND prerequisite coursework or equivalent preparation with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Achieve an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Submit application for admission by June 15th after their junior year of college.
  • Complete a personal Interview.

Additional requirements for transfer students:

  • Be admitted at Chapman University in the undergraduate program of their choice.
  • Initiate communication with Admissions about interest in the integrated five-year undergraduate/MSESD program.
  • Foreign applicants who are transferring from another institution may 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).

Prerequisites:

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses (18 credits):

MATH 210 Multivariable Calculus* 3
CPSC 236  Visual Programming* 3
MGSC 406 Advanced Experimental Design and Statistics* 3
ECON 464 Game Theory I 3
ECON 481 Economic Systems Design I* 3
MGSC 532 Computational Economics** 3
ECON 582 Economic Systems Design II** 3

 

*Equivalent preparation may be used to fulfill these requirements.

**Units must be completed during undergraduate study and may not be used to satisfy the undergraduate major or degree.

Deadlines:

Students must submit application for admission by June 15th after their junior year in college.

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+ - Learning Ourtcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and provide examples of the effective use of economic models and experimental procedures and demonstrate the ability to implement economic models in an experimental setting and effectively use analytic tools. (e.g. experiment software, Mathematica, statistical packages, etc.)
  • Students must be able to formulate appropriate models and hypotheses, analyze data effectively, and create useful depictions of data and theory.
  • Student will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication; understand the social impact of an economic problem in relation to existing literature, and articulate in homework, presentations and thesis the validity of the research methodology undertaken and the its position in the context of current research.
  • Students will be able to recognize interactive decision making environments in which participants have an incentive to strategically respond to one and other in order to achieve either competitive or cooperative goals. Students will be able to mathematically model those environments then use either analytical or computational methods to predict the behavior that might be observed when participants act in their own interests.

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