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Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences program of Northwestern University is an undergraduate program that enables a select group of high ability students to combine the study of social sciences with rigorous training in mathematics, statistics, and formal modeling. 
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The Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences program of Northwestern University allows students to explore fields beyond math and science, and prepares them to succeed in graduate study and in a wide variety of careers in the social sciences and business.

Program highlights

A central feature of modern social, behavioral, managerial and policy sciences is the use of mathematics and statistics, both as languages and as methods of abstraction and analysis. The faculty at Northwestern use a mathematical approach to social science in their research, and mathematics is a major component of graduate programs in the social sciences. However, most traditional undergraduate programs in the social sciences do not incorporate mathematical approaches in an organized and consistent manner. Consequently, undergraduate students in traditional programs do not receive systematic preparation in mathematical modeling.

In the MMSS program, students receive the training needed to build and analyze mathematical models. Graduates of this program have been extraordinarily successful as graduate students and professionals because of their rigorous preparation for examining situations with mathematical analysis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accelerated Mathematics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Game Theory
  • Formal Models in Political Science

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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