Alexis R. Santos, Director of Graduate Studies
Department Office: 303 Oswald Tower
Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
The M.P.S. degree in Applied Demography is a 30-credit program of study for working professionals interested in understanding the concepts, measures, data, software, and analytical skills that can be utilized in both the public and private sectors. The content of the program will include readings, materials, and exercises that draw on demographic research from both the U.S. and the international context.
The M.P.S. in Applied Demography provides professionals with the skills necessary to perform applied demographic analysis to aid in decision-making processes. The program content exposes the student to a broad range of methods and problems in the public and private sectors, aiming to provide students with practical experiences. The program will also familiarize students with the methods, techniques, and projects used in the applied demography setting in their line of work.
Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.
Applicants are expected to have one undergraduate course in Statistics or work experience where statistics are used.
Students who do not have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the quality of their overall application. Work experiences will be considered for applicants who have more than two years of experiences in a related field. Applicants who are still completing their baccalaureate requirements at the time of application may be admitted to the Graduate School provisionally, pending the award of the degree. Completion of admission in such cases is dependent upon receipt of the missing credentials.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.
Total required credits for the M.P.S.: 30 credits. At least 18 credits at the 500 or 800 level, with at least 6 credits at the 500 level.
PRESCRIBED COURSES: 12 credits (plus the 3-credit Capstone course described below under CULMINATING EXPERIENCE)
ELECTIVE COURSES 15 credits
SUPPORTIVE/PROGRAM (ELECTIVE COURSES): 9 credits minimum
EXTERNAL ELECTIVES: Up to 6 credits
M.P.S. in Applied Demography students will have the opportunity to design their program of study by choosing from a list of elective courses, based in their area of interest. The elective courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. The elective courses counting towards the M.P.S. will be reviewed on an annual basis by an advisory board to ensure that we are matching the listed electives with M.P.S. student interests and needs, and that the identified courses outside of the M.P.S. are offered frequently enough.
CULMINATING EXPERIENCE: (3 credits)
The culminating experience provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of applied demography to a research project. The choice of research project topic and exact form will be mutually determined by the faculty mentor and the student. The student will work with a faculty mentor/adviser on a capstone project that will be written up as a capstone report. Students are expected to utilize methods acquired during other courses in the M.P.S. in Applied Demography and apply them to a topic of interest. The report will be formally presented to peers in the M.P.S. and faculty members at the end of the semester (i.e. final presentation via videoconference). The capstone report must be approved by the faculty mentor/adviser to meet course requirements.
Substitutions for the above prescribed courses, either with resident-education courses, alternate online courses, or courses from other institutions, will be considered on a case-by-case basis consistent with Graduate Council policy, and must be petitioned and approved in advance by the program administrator, with input from the student’s adviser.
Financial aid opportunities for part-time students who participate through the World Campus are described at: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid.
Last Revised by the Department: Fall 2016
Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-000
Review Date: 8/23/2016