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Applied Demography (M.S.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Science in Applied Demography will give students a graduate level introduction to the study of population and how the tools of a demographer are used to guide policy decisions. At the end of the degree program, students will be able to: work with large and complex data sources; analyze these data using appropriate statistical tests; graphically present data using statistical techniques and GIS; and write reports and papers based on empirically based questions using real data.
Why Pursue an M.S. in Applied Demography at UTSA?
- The demand for applied demographers in both research and industry settings is increasing and the skillset that our program provides will allow you to fill these emerging and high-demand job roles.
- Our program has a strong emphasis on socially and policy-informed data science, where you receive training in quantitative data analysis with an emphasis on problem solving in social, health, and policy research settings.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
- Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree in sociology, economics, geography, statistics, public policy, urban planning, public health or related fields
- Other Degree Requirements: One semester of undergraduate statistics or research methods is required.
For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose: A letter of application describing the applicant’s academic and work backgrounds and goals and objectives related to the applicant’s MS program.
- Test Scores: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The English Language Assessment Procedure is a mandatory assessment for incoming international students whose TOEFL scores are between 550 and 600 (paper version) or 79 and 100 (Internet version).
- Other: A writing sample.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA. n approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- The program only admits for fall terms.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Graduates of the program will be employed as data analysts throughout the region in health, policy, education, and data science careers. The training in data analysis, computer software, and data management will be marketable in many settings. In addition, program graduates will have the option of continuing into the Ph.D. in Applied demography.
Students in the program will have the opportunities to work with faculty in the program on original research projects, with the goal of presenting their work at national and regional conferences, and pursuing publication of their work.