Decision Modeling Case Study on Choosing University for Doctoral Study


Finding a research institution for academic career development is crucial to the graduate students especially in this college applying season. In this report I will demonstrate the decision making strategies to choose a university for Phd study powered with the Multi-Attribute Value Theory methods. I will introduce the problem scenario and alternatives first followed with performance modeling on different attributes with various value functions and weighting method. Finally, I will present the ranking based on the aggregated results. In an addition the sensitivity analysis also shows the robustness of the modeling system.

Problem Statement

Louis is one of my friend who is taking the Master of Mathematics in second year and he is planning to stay in research field and achieve a Phd after graduate. Due to the time limitation, he does not have enough time to prepare the GRE test and apply the universities in United States for the 2016 Fall Admission. Then he decided to study in Canada, because he also find lots of excellent Math faculties there. However the application fee is not free for most universities in Canada, to goal is to find the university that best fit his requirements.

Decision Analysis