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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

In addition to satisfying the University-wide requirements for admission to graduate programs, 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 earned a qualifying master’s degree may be required to complete the equivalent courses in the appropriate discipline area before admission to the Ph.D. program in Applied Demography.

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

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

Graduate School Application: Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose: Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing the applicant’s academic and work backgrounds and goals and objectives related to the applicant’s Ph.D. program.

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants): International students must have a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

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.

Contact Information

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

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