The CSDE Demographic Methods Graduate Certificate Program is the academic pathway to advanced population research at UW. The population studies curriculum is comprised of a comprehensive program of courses that integrates a variety of disciplines and core demography, a professional development seminar series, a weekly research seminar, and opportunities for research collaboration with CSDE Faculty Affiliates, often following an apprenticeship training model.
The Demographic Methods Graduate Certificate Program is designed to enhance training beyond the requirements of a graduate degree. It provides a coherent body of study in demography, enhanced mentored research experiences, and the following benefits:
- Access to CSDE’s significant research support services (computing, research consultations, workshops, lab equipment, and more)
- Assistance in matching students with CSDE Faculty Affiliate mentors and potential research collaborators
- Training, research experience, and curriculum to prepare trainees for meeting the evaluative criteria—including all required courses—of the CSDE Fellowship application
- Financial support (when available) for travel to present research at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
The Certificate Program can be completed in 2 years while concurrently pursuing a graduate degree in any department. Completed graduate certificates, like degrees, are recorded on the UW transcript. Recipients of the certificate will be acknowledged at CSDE’s end of year reception and presented with a framed certificate.
The Certificate Program curriculum consists of four elements:
- Required core courses on the substance and methods of demography
- A broad array of elective courses in multiple disciplines
- Professional development in the field through a Proseminar and mentoring
- Research mentoring
The courses are listed below.
Policies & Procedures
The Certificate Program adheres to specific policies and procedures established by the Graduate School, NIH and CSDE. Information about these policies, which include restrictions on credit overlap with other units and mandatory reporting and evaluations, is linked below alongside procedures for verifying program completion, requesting the awarding of the certificate, and more. Students are expected to know and consider these policies when planning coursework and research activities.
Applying to the Certificate Program
The call for applications will usually be made each Spring Quarter. Watch for email announcements from graduate program administrators, CSDE Affiliates, and the CSDE newsletter! If you plan to apply, register for both the Fall Quarter Population Proseminar (CSDE 502) if you have not yet completed it, and the CSDE weekly seminar (CSDE 501), unless you have completed the required number of quarters.