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University of California, Berkeley | College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Demography | University of California

Berkeley CA 94720-2120

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Email: monique@demog.berkeley.edu

Graduate Program

UC Berkeley Demography offers three graduate degree tracks independently and in conjunction with the department of Sociology.

1. Ph.D. in Demography

The doctoral program is intended to provide advanced training in demography, with particular attention to research and theoretical issues.

2. Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography (GGSD)

The purpose of this Ph.D. program, administered by the Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography (GGSD), is to foster intellectual exchange between graduate students and faculty in the two disciplines, and to improve the competitiveness of graduate students with interests in both sociology and demography on the academic job market.

SOCIOLOGY AND DEMOGRAPHY PHD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

3. Master of Arts in Demography

The terminal Master's program is intended to provide training for those interested exclusively in the M.A. in Demography and for those who will acquire the degree in addition to a doctoral degree in another subject. Applicants interested in earning a Ph.D. in Demography should apply directly to the Ph.D. program, whether or not they already hold a Master's degree.

Occasionally students holding or earning a Master's degree in another subject may wish to earn an M.A. in Demography as well. They may do so provided that there is no overlap between the courses used to satisfy the requirements for the two degrees. Individuals holding a Master's degree in Demography from another institution (even if under a different title, like Population Studies) cannot earn an M.A. in Demography at UC Berkeley.

Common First-Year Curriculum

The first-year curriculum is designed to introduce all graduate students to the essentials of demographic theory and methods. Therefore, students on all three degree tracks begin by completing a set of required courses in the first year as outlined below. Students in the doctoral program take the same curriculum in the first year as Master's students and sit for the same written examinations, which they must pass at a level commensurate with the requirements of the doctoral program. All first-year courses, with the exception of DEMOG 213, must be taken on a letter-grade basis.

Fall semester

Course

Number

DEMOG 110

DEMOG C126

OR

DEMOG 200

DEMOG 210

DEMOG 213

Description

Demographic Methods: Introduction to Population Analysis

 

Sex, Death, and Data

OR

Social Demography: Population, Culture, and Society

Demographic Methods: Rates, Structures, and Models

Computer Applications for Demographic Analysis: Introduction to Computing for Demographers

Units

3

 

4

 

4

2 (taken for S/U)

Spring semester

Course

Number

Description

Units

DEMOG C175

DEMOG 260

Electives

Economic Demography

Special Topics in Demography (topics vary)

Graduate-level courses in Demography or other disciplines relevant to the student's research interests

4

4

Min. 7 (taken for letter grades)

Total:

Min. 24 units

Toward the end of the Spring semester of the first year, students take an M.A. Qualifying/Ph.D. Preliminary Exam. This M.A. exam is a written test of fluency in demographic theory, methods, and substance. The exam consists of two 3-hour long sessions, one devoted to methods and the other to substance and theory. Although all of the content included on the M.A. exam is covered in the required courses, the exam is not a simple repetition of course exams. Instead, students are required to demonstrate the ability to synthesize forms of knowledge acquired in different courses and to think critically about the assumptions and implications of demographic models. Non-circulating copies of old exams are available in the Sharlin Library and are now also available on-line to Demography students. 

Upon the successful completion of the first-year coursework and the M.A. exam, students earn their Master's degrees in Demography. Students in the doctoral programs continue on their respective tracks, fulfilling the requirements for advancement to candidacy and submitting their dissertations. 

Demography Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Total:

Sociology and Demography Ph.D. (GGSD) Requirements

1. Approximately 23 units of required coursework in addition to the Common First-Year Curriculum

Course

Number

DEMOG 211

OR

SOCIOL 271C

SOCIOL 200

SOCIOL 201A

SOCIOL 201B

SOCIOL 271A

Sociology 

Electives

Electives

Description

Advanced Demographic Analysis

OR

Intermediate Quantitative Methods

Proseminar

Sociological Theory

Sociological Theory

Methods of Sociological Research

Two (2) courses from SOCIOL 280 series

 

 

Graduate-level courses in Sociology or Demography or other disciplines relevant to the student's research interests

Units

4

OR

3

1

3

3

4

6

3 or 4

Min. 23 additional units

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