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Applied Demography

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Alexis R. Santos
303 Oswald Tower
Phone: 814-863-9718
Fax: 814-863-7216

The primary goal of the program is to provide an introduction to concepts, measures, data, software, and methods used in applied demography with an emphasis on applications in the public and private sectors. Professionals who complete this 12-credit program will be able to apply demographic analysis in their careers. This certificate will allow them to support organizations and better understand and anticipate the effects of population change. This program is ideal for those interested in careers as applied demographers, data analysts, market research analysts, marketing specialists, and local, state, and regional planners.

 Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. All international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

 Applicants must have successfully completed at least an undergraduate-level statistics course with a grade of C or better.

 Applicants are expected to submit the following:

(1) Completed official online Graduate School application and payment of a nonrefundable application fee.

(2) Statement of purpose: a 2-3 pages essay articulating career and educational goals that demonstrate the student’s written communication skills and basic statistical knowledge.

(3) A current curriculum vitae (vita) or résumé.

(4) Three letters of recommendation that attest to the student’s readiness for graduate study and document the requisite minimum of two years of work experience. Letters must be submitted through the online application system. Within the online application you will be asked to enter the names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who will be providing your recommendation. Those individuals will receive a note via e-mail asking them to complete a brief form that will serve as your recommendation. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.


List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

APDEM 801: Principles of Demography; 3 credits

SOC 573: Demographic Techniques; 3 credits

APDEM 802: Data, GIS, and Applied Demography; 3 credits

APDEM 803: Applications in Applied Demography; 3 credits


Effective Semester:  Fall 2016

Expiration Semester:
 Summer 2021


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