Applied Demography Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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

Applicants must 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.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
APDEM 801Principles of Demography3
SOC 573Demographic Techniques3
APDEM 802Data, GIS, and Applied Demography3
APDEM 803Applied Demography in Practice3
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 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.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Eric P Baumer
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Stephen Augustus Matthews
Program Contact

Stephen Augustus Matthews
Penn State University, MC# H170
Hershey Medical Ctr, PO Box 850
Hershey PA 17033
(814) 863-9721