The Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods 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 Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods Program is designed to enhance education 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 of the CSDE Fellowship application, including the courses that Fellows are required to complete during the fellowship.
- 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.
Components of the Program
- A required course on the substance of demography
- A required course on the methods of demography
- Three electives selected from a broad array of courses in multiple disciplines
- CSDE’s weekly Population Studies Seminar Series
- Professional development in the field through mentoring and a three quarter Population Studies Proseminar Series
- Research mentoring