FAQ

Who are the faculty in the Ph.D. program and where do I find information about their areas of research and recent publications?

Please see the faculty section of the Department of Demography on the College of Public Policy website for information on the research interests of our faculty. Recent publications and presentations of our faculty and students may be found on the departmental research page.


Can I enroll on a part-time basis?

Yes, the Ph.D. program has been designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students.

Note: Full-time students = nine semesters hours or more
Part-time students = less than 9 semester hours


What areas will I specialize in once I am in the program?

The Ph.D. in Applied Demography is designed to enable students to develop a program of study, in collaboration with the Graduate Advisor, around a core set of courses that provide a sound applied demography foundation. Potential and new students are encouraged to explore their career objectives and work with the Graduate Advisor of Record to identify elective courses that will meet the student’s learning and experience objectives.


When are classes taught?

Most classes are taught at the UTSA Downtown Campus during weekday evenings to accommodate students who work during the day. However, there are a few courses which are taught during the afternoon. 


What is the application deadline for the Ph.D. Program?

The priority funding deadline for applications is November 1st, applicants desiring funding should plan on having all materials submitted to the graduate school on or before this date. 

For those applicants applying for part time admission, or for those who do not wish to be considered for funding, please have all materials submitted to the graduate school by the February 1st deadline.

Applications are for fall term entry only.


How do I apply?

Go to the Graduate School website and apply online. We strongly urge all applicants to contact Dr. Corey Sparks, the Graduate Advisor of Record, prior to applying.


Are there any pre-requisites for admission?

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.


What are the application requirements?

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 backgrounds. 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.


I have taken the GRE but it has been more than five years ago, can I have the GRE waived for my application?

No, a recent (within the past 5 years) score is required by the university for Ph.D. applicants. GRE scores must be submitted by the May 1st application deadline.


What should I include in my letter of application?

In this letter, you should describe yourself and your academic and work backgrounds. Be specific about your research goals and objectives related to the doctorate in Applied Demography and what your expectations of the program are in furthering your career objectives.


Are assistantships available and if so, how can I apply?

Yes, we anticipate considering applicants for research assistantships. Assistantship stipends are competitive with other universities and are granted on a competitive basis. To apply, you must inform the department that you wish to be considered for an assistantship. Assistantships are only available for full-time students entering the program. You may not have external employment if you hold a graduate assistantship. 


Do I need any advising prior to applying for the Ph.D. program?

Yes.We typically feel it is very beneficial for you to contact the Graduate Advisor of Record, Corey Sparks, Ph.D before applying. You may contact him via e-mail at corey.sparks@utsa.edu.


Who should I contact with questions about the Ph.D. program, its admissions process, and requirements?

Advising - Students in need of advising should contact the department’s Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Corey Sparks at (210) 458-3166