Academic Program

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    The Ph.D. in Applied Demography is a multi-disciplinary, multi-college, degree offered through the Department of Demography in the College of Public Policy at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The program is in collaboration with the San Antonio location of the University of Texas School of Public Health. This unique partnership offers one of the top programs in the field of Applied Demography and addresses the growing national demand for individuals with doctoral training in the area of Applied Demography. The Ph.D. program includes courses from public policy, life sciences, medicine, business, and the social sciences. Students who complete the Ph.D. in Applied Demography can pursue careers in university-based health science and medical centers, social science departments, or in federal, state, or local government. Additionally, students may find opportunities in the government or in the private sector to work in areas such as data management and analysis, marketing, planning, advertising and policy.

    Requirements

    The requirements for this degree comply with the general University requirements (refer to Chapter 3, General Academic Regulations, and 6, Doctoral Degree Regulations) of the UTSA Graduate Catalog.

    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 Art degree from an accredited university in demography/sociology, geography, economics, biology, political science, statistics, mathematics, business or similar fields. Students who have not earned a qualifying masters degree may be required to complete the equivalent courses in the appropriate discipline area before admission to the Ph.D. program in Applied Demography. The official application for The Ph.D. in Applied Demography must include:

    1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed.

    2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing). Scores must be for test taken within the past five years.

    3. Submit a sample written paper or report.

    4. Three letters of recommendation. At least two letters must assess your academic and research capabilities and others may be from persons representing the work or professional sector.

    5. A letter of application describing the applicant’s academic and work background. Be specific about your research goals and objectives related to the doctorate in Applied Demography.

    6. International students from non-English speaking countries must also submit a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score must be for test taken within the past two years.

    Admission into the doctoral program does not guarantee advancement to candidacy. Advancement to candidacy requires that a student complete University and Applied Demography requirements. All students will be required to complete core courses listed below and a set of specific courses in their chosen track. The student must choose a graduate committee and designate one faculty member as chair of that committee. This faculty member must be a member of the graduate faculty of UTSA. A degree plan must be submitted by each student to his or her specific graduate committee and must be approved by the committee before the end of the second semester of enrollment. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 48 hours of organized coursework and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation for a total of at least 60 hours beyond the Master’s degree. After completing the required course work, as defined by the student’s degree program, and approved by the student’s committee, the student may seek candidacy by taking and passing written and oral qualifying examinations. The written exam is administered by the graduate faculty of each track. The oral qualifying exam will assess issues not adequately addressed in the student’s written exam. The student will also submit and undergo an oral exam in defense of the student’s dissertation proposal. Written examinations are scheduled twice a year, where as oral examinations may be scheduled at any time. However, oral exams are administered at the discretion of the student’s committee and must meet the time line and requirements of the university. All students must schedule a defense of their dissertation at which all members of their committee are present to examine the student and issue a pass/fail evaluation of the students work. The Chair of the student’s committee is responsible for approval of the final corrections of the student’s dissertation.

    The requirements for this degree comply with the general University requirements (refer to Chapter 3, General Academic Regulations, and 6, Doctoral Degree Regulations) of the UTSA Graduate Catalog.

    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 Art degree from an accredited university in demography/sociology, geography, economics, biology, political science, statistics, mathematics, business or similar fields. Students who have not earned a qualifying masters degree may be required to complete the equivalent courses in the appropriate discipline area before admission to the Ph.D. program in Applied Demography. The official application for The Ph.D. in Applied Demography must include:

    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing). Scores must be for test taken within the past five years.
    • Submit a sample written paper or report.
    • Three letters of recommendation. At least two letters must assess your academic and research capabilities and others may be from persons representing the work or professional sector.
    • A letter of application describing the applicant’s academic and work background. Be specific about your research goals and objectives related to the doctorate in Applied Demography.
    • International students from non-English speaking countries must also submit a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score must be for test taken within the past two years.


    Admission into the doctoral program does not guarantee advancement to candidacy. Advancement to candidacy requires that a student complete University and Applied Demography requirements. All students will be required to complete core courses listed below and a set of specific courses in their chosen track. The student must choose a graduate committee and designate one faculty member as chair of that committee. This faculty member must be a member of the graduate faculty of UTSA. A degree plan must be submitted by each student to his or her specific graduate committee and must be approved by the committee before the end of the second semester of enrollment. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 48 hours of organized coursework and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation for a total of at least 60 hours beyond the Master’s degree. After completing the required course work, as defined by the student’s degree program, and approved by the student’s committee, the student may seek candidacy by taking and passing written and oral qualifying examinations. The written exam is administered by the graduate faculty of each track. The oral qualifying exam will assess issues not adequately addressed in the student’s written exam. The student will also submit and undergo an oral exam in defense of the student’s dissertation proposal. Written examinations are scheduled twice a year, where as oral examinations may be scheduled at any time. However, oral exams are administered at the discretion of the student’s committee and must meet the time line and requirements of the university. All students must schedule a defense of their dissertation at which all members of their committee are present to examine the student and issue a pass/fail evaluation of the students work. The Chair of the student’s committee is responsible for approval of the final corrections of the student’s dissertation.

    2013-2015   Student Graduate Catalog

    The Applied Demography Ph.D. requires students to complete a minimum of 48 hours of organized coursework and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credits for a total of at least 60 hours beyond the Master’s degree. The doctoral program has a base of core courses that will result in all students having a firm grounding in demography and related areas of statistics. All students will be required to complete the core courses listed below and a set of courses in their chosen track or area of study.

      Advising

    Students in need of advising should contact the department’s Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Corey Sparks at (210) 458-3166, or email at corey.sparks@utsa.edu or set up an appointment through Gidget Vasquez at (210) 458-3163