The Graduate Certificate Program in Demography

The Graduate Certificate Program in Demography offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D. curriculum. The former can be completed after three semesters of study, whereas the latter will require about three years of course work before the initiation of dissertation work. Admission requirements are those prescribed by the Graduate School and by the social science departments that are associated with the interdepartmental program: Geography, Sociology, and Economics.

The Program provides students an early opportunity to carry out research in their fields of interest while still attending classes, to receive compensation, and to work closely with faculty who share their interests. All such students take a common set of three interdisciplinary core courses that focus on demography theory, methods, and problems, and also develop expertise in a specific area of specialization. All degrees are awarded through departments; therefore, graduate students wishing to major in demography must also satisfy the particular degree requirements of a department participating in the interdepartmental program.

General Description and Courses of Study

Students in the Population Program earn graduate degrees in their respective departments. In addition, they may also complete interdisciplinary course-work and demography requirements to earn a Graduate Certificate in Demography. The graduate certificates are awarded at both the M.A. and Ph.D. level. This certificate program, the oldest of its kind at the University of Colorado, uniquely combines interdisciplinary social science research with graduate training.

Graduate students can be supported during the academic year and through the summer through a variety of funding sources, including Population Program teaching assistantships, research assistantships funded through grants to faculty, and grant funding obtained by the graduate student. Several graduate students have been successful in competing for grants for general research, for dissertation work, and for fellowship support. Students, including Justin Denney, have conducted award-winning research. (See Graduate Student Awards.)

Bethany Everett, current Population Program graduate student affiliate, remarks that her affiliation "has truly been an interdisciplinary as well as interuniversity experience, as I've been able to work with geographers, economists, psychologists, and demographers." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009

Jeff Dennis, current Population Program graduate student, describes his affiliation: "The biggest advantage of the Population Program is the opportunity to work with faculty on a regular basis." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009

Bethany Everett, current Population Program graduate student, describes her experience with IBS: "Before coming to CU, I had read plenty of research articles, but I didn't know how to do it myself, how to form or answer the questions. But over the last four years, I have gained invaluable experience researching a variety of topics ... and currently have one forthcoming publication and four requests to revise and resubmit papers for peer-reviewed journals-all of which are due to the willingness of faculty to work with me and their incredible levels of patience." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009

"In addition to their conference participation and publication records, Population Program graduate students participate in a variety of intensive interdisciplinary workshops held at CU-Boulder and elsewhere." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009

"The Population Program fosters international educational and research experiences. Several graduate students are involved with the Population Program's African Population Studies Research and Training Program (APS). APS and the Population Program have funded international travel for student participation in courses, in the annual University of the Witswatersrand/Brown University/University of Colorado/ African Population Health and Research Center (WBCA) Colloquium on Emerging Population Issues, and to undertake research in several African countries." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009

"Population graduate students also actively pursue external research support. Recent awards have come from CU-Boulder's Sociology Department, the Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant Program, the Sociologists AIDS Network, RAND, and the Add Health Users Conference. Several proposals are currently under review at NIH, NSF, the Horowitz Foundation, the Midwest Sociological Society, and the American Psychological Foundation." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009

"Overall, the Population Program offers an excellent setting in which graduate students can pursue their own research, collaborate with faculty on a variety of projects, and tap into different types of networking experiences on campus as well as through professional meetings and external workshops." IBS Newsletter Feb/March 2009