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Graduate Degree Programs

Demography (DEMOG)

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Degrees Conferred:

Students electing this option through participating programs will earn a degree with a dual title at both the Ph.D. and M.A. levels, i.e., Ph.D. in (graduate program name) and Demography, or M.A. or M.S. in (graduate program name) and Demography.

The following graduate programs offer dual degrees in Demography: M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography; M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics and Demography; M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology and Demography; M.S. and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and Demography; M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, and Demography; M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics, and Demography; M.S. and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration.


The Graduate Faculty


The Program

The Demography dual-title degree program option is administered by the Demography Program Committee, which is responsible for management of the program. The committee maintains program definition, identifies faculty and courses appropriate to the option, and recommends policies and procedures for its operation to the dean of the Graduate School. This dual-title degree program is offered as an option to graduate major programs in three colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Health and Human Development, and the Liberal Arts. The option enables students from diverse graduate programs to attain and be identified with the content, techniques, methodology, and policy implications of demography, while maintaining a close association with areas of application. Through demography, students study (1) the size, composition, and distribution of the population; (2) changes in these characteristics; (3) the processes that determine these changes--fertility, migration, and mortality; and (4) their social, economic, and cultural causes and consequences. To pursue a dual-title degree under this program option, the student must apply to the Graduate School and be admitted to one of the following graduate programs: Agricultural Economics, Health Policy and Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Human Development and Family Studies, Rural Sociology, or Sociology.

Admission Requirements

Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission. At the discretion of a graduate program, a student may be admitted provisionally for graduate study in a program without these scores. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Primary admission requirements for the dual-degree M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. program are established by the participating graduate program and a positive recommendation by a Demography faculty member in that graduate program.

All application materials should be submitted by January 2. Applicants should have a junior/senior cumulative grade-point average of well above 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and appropriate courses in statistics and in the social science department to which they are applying. The application should include three letters of reference and a statement describing and explaining the applicant's interest in demography and goals during and after graduate study. TOEFL scores are required of all students for whom English is a second language.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for a dual-title degree, students must satisfy the requirements of the graduate program in which they are enrolled, including the communication/foreign language requirements, if any. In addition, they must satisfy the minimum requirements in the Demography option described here, as established by the Demography Program Committee. Within this framework, final course selection is determined by students and their degree committees. All dual-title degree candidates who are in residence must enroll in DEMOG 590 for 1 credit each year in residence.

Master's Degree: For the M.A. and M.S. degree with the Demography option, 12 course credits are required in addition to the colloquium credit or credits. A minimum of 3 credits is required in each of the following areas: (1) disciplinary perspective courses; (2) demographic methods courses (SOC 573 is required of all candidates); (3) seminars in demographic processes; (4) seminars in population studies. See a complete course list on the program home page

Particular courses may satisfy both the graduate major program requirements and those of the Demography option. The thesis supervisor must be a member of the graduate faculty recommended by the chair or the graduate officer of the program granting the degree and a member of the Demography faculty.

Ph.D. Degree: For the Ph.D. degree with the Demography option, a minimum of 24 credits is required in addition to the colloquium credits. For students entering with a master's degree from another institution, equivalent course credits may be accepted. The following minimum number of credits is required in each curriculum category: 3 credits of disciplinary perspective courses; 6 credits of demographic methods courses; SOC 573 is required of all candidates; 6 credits of seminars in demographic processes; 3 credits of seminars in population studies; and 6 credits of electives. Final course selection is determined in consultation with the doctoral committee.

The doctoral committee is recommended by the graduate major program granting the degree. A four-member committee is required for a dual-title degree program. The chair and at least one additional member of the doctoral committee must be members of the graduate faculty in Demography. The Demography faculty members on the student's committee are responsible for administering an examination in demography that constitutes a portion of the comprehensive examination of the doctoral student in the program option. A dissertation on a demographic-related topic is required of students in the dual-title degree program.

Other Relevant Information

A Ph.D. minor in Demography is available for doctoral students in graduate programs other than the dual-title participating programs who find it advantageous to include demographic content, methods, and policy analysis in their program of study. The student's doctoral committee must approve the choice of this minor, and one member of the doctoral committee must be from the Demography faculty.

To qualify for a minor in Demography, students must satisfy the requirements of their graduate major program and take at least 15 credits in demography in addition to colloquium credits. A minimum of at least 3 credits each in (1) disciplinary perspective, (2) demographic methods courses (SOC 573 is required of all candidates), (3) seminars in demographic processes, and (4) seminars in population studies is required. Students must enroll in DEMOG 590 for 1 credit during each year enrolled in the program and in residence.

Student Aid

In addition to the fellowships, traineeships, graduate assistantships, and other forms of financial aid described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin, the following awards typically has been available to graduate students in this program:
Affiliated departments and The Population Research Institute Assistantships, and the NICHD Traineeship awards


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

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