Doctoral Degree

Applied Demography (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

Students accepted for admission into the Ph.D. program in Applied Demography have the opportunity to engage in advanced study and research in the field of Applied Demography as it applies to questions in such areas as public policy and administration, urban and regional planning, life sciences, medicine, business, and the social sciences. Depending on their area of focus, students may work with faculty from a variety of areas of study offered at UTSA. Students may also choose to take related courses at, or work with contributing faculty members from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the San Antonio regional campus of The University of Texas School of Public Health. The Applied Demography program prepares students to address the expanding education and research problems that are at the intersection of demography, public policy and administration, education, public health, and health care. Students pursue careers in university-based medical centers, public health related organizations and agencies, health science centers, national and corporate settings, and state and federal government. Students are trained to examine the effects of demographic factors on policy-both private and public.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and prerequisites: All prospective students must have a bachelor's degree and a Master of Science or Master of Arts degree from an accredited university in demography/sociology, geography, economics, biology, political science, statistics, mathematics, business, or a similar field. Students who have not reached a qualifying master's degree may be required to complete the equivalent courses in the discipline area before admission to the Ph.D. in Applied Demography.

Graduate School Application: Yes

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: General GRE required- completed no more than 5 years prior to the Ph.D. student's date of application. All applicants are required to submit scores from the GRE math, verbal and analytical portions of the examination and scores for the related specialty area.

Resume: Not required

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. The letters must describe the candidate's academic and work backgrounds and their goals and objectives related to the Ph.D. program.

Statement of Purpose: A required letter by the applicant that describes the candidate's academic and work backgrounds and their goals, interests, and objectives related to the Ph.D. program.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time or Part-Time


Application Deadline Dates

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Corey Sparks, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (210) 458-3166

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