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Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

The policies and procedures of the CSDE Graduate Certificate Program in Demographic Methods are discussed below. If you have questions on the administration of the Certificate Program, please contact Jessica Godwin (Training Director) and Jill Fulmore (Graduate Certificate Advisor).


1. Coursework

The Certificate Program’s required courses consist of 13 credit hours in core demography. The program requires an additional elective course (a minimum of 3 credit hours) that may be selected from a broad range of disciplines.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods are required to complete a specific set of courses in the curriculum for a total of 16 credits (or more if the elective chosen is more than 3 credits). Specifically, Graduate Certificate students must take:
  • 3 quarters of the CSDE 501 Seminar series (1 credit per quarter),
  • SOC/CSDE 513: Demography & Society (3 credits; offered in Autumn),
  • SOC/CSSS/CSDE 533: Demographic Methods (5 credits w/ lab; offered in Winter),
  • 1 quarter of CSDE 502: Responsible Conduct of Research (2 credits; offered in Spring), and,
  • 1 elective (3 credits minimum).

Review the curriculum requirements and rules below.

Required Courses and Electives

2. Distribution of Courses

  • The overlap of coursework applied toward both a Graduate Certificate Program and a graduate degree program or a degree track or specialization that appears on the transcript is limited to elective coursework in each program. (Policy 1.2: Graduate Certificates)
  • There are no restrictions on overlap with certificate programs or tracks and specializations that are not under the purview of the Graduate School (e.g.,CS&SS specialization). These programs are not recorded on transcripts and are distinct from graduate certificates or transcriptable tracks and specializations.
  • Course Waivers: Courses may be waived based on the completion of comparable courses at another institution. Waiver requests will be assessed by CSDE Affiliates from the discipline on the basis of course comparability—namely, the rigor, depth, and breadth of the material. The request must contain course materials (i.e., syllabus, reading lists, and assignments) and should also include transcripts and graded assignments, including papers and problem sets. Send these materials to the CSDE Training Director, Jessica Godwin, and the CSDE Graduate Certificate Advisor, Jill Fulmore.

3. Faculty Mentoring

The population research community strongly adheres to the value of apprenticeship training in conjunction with coursework. CSDE Trainees are encouraged to engage in a research apprenticeship or close collaboration with CDSE faculty Affiliates. CSDE can facilitate the pairing of Trainees and Affiliates for research and professional mentorship opportunities as well as research assistantships when available.

4. NIH Requirements

  • The NIH Public Access Policy: Deposit manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central, if the journal does not submit the manuscript on behalf of the authors. Please email the unique identifier your receive and the citation to For additional information click here.
  • Appropriately acknowledge NIH and CSDE support. Each publication, conference paper or poster, press release, or other document or presentation about research supported by this award must include an acknowledgment of NIH award support. The acknowledgement can be copied from here.
  • Add the disclaimer “ The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
  • Outline your plan for professional growth in an Individualized Development Plan (IDP). All new cohorts of Trainees and Fellows are asked to complete and maintain an IDP and to discuss their IDP periodically with their mentors so that they achieve a mutual understanding of the student’s personal and professional goals. Trainees are also encouraged to discuss their IDP with the CSDE Training Director or Training Core P.I. who may work with them to help them achieve their plans.
  • Complete online training in the Protection of Human Research Subjects Protection. There are several online options. CSDE 502, our Responsible Conduct of Research course offered in Spring, requires the CITI web-based training course called Human Subjects Learners (Stage 1 – Basic Course). Comply with all regulations of the UW Human Subjects Division. IRB approval is required before starting research involving human subjects.

5. Minimum GPA

Successful completion of the certificate requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the core courses and 2.7 or higher for each additional course counted toward the certificate.

6. Mandatory Reporting and Minimal Response Time

Promptly respond to inquiries regarding your professional progress for up to 15 years post completion of the certificate. Submit progress reports and evaluations of the training program each year that you are a trainee. Promptly respond to other CSDE requests for updates and other information.

Assist in the self-promotion of your research and professional developments when your work has been supported in part by CSDE’s NIH infrastructure grant or training grant. This means informing the Training Director and Training Core P.I. when you receive awards and fellowships, and letting them know whether the news can be reported publicly, for example in the weekly News and Events announcements, or you prefer to limit circulation of the news to the training grant reports.

7. Withdrawing from the Graduate Certificate Program

Students who wish to formally withdraw from the Graduate Certificate Program in Demographic Methods, should contact CSDE’s Training Director, Jessica Godwin, and CSDE’s Graduate Certificate Advisor, Jill Fulmore