Penn Demography trains independent researchers who are prepared to fill leading roles in social demography and population analysis at a variety of organizations and are well versed in the growth, structure, health and well-being of human populations. Graduates have a firm grasp of both the substance and methods of study in the core areas of demography and population sciences (mortality, fertility, migration, population aging, and demographic — economic interrelations) from both a domestic and international perspective.
The Graduate Group in Demography is responsible for training students through course work and supervised research. The Graduate Group in Demography is composed of faculty members with backgrounds in demography, sociology, economics, anthropology, nursing, and medicine.
View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.
A minimum of 20 course units are required. A minimum of 12 course units must be taken at the University of Pennsylvania.
|DEMG/SOCI 607||Introduction to Demography||1|
|DEMG/SOCI 609||Basic Demographic Methods||1|
|DEMG/SOCI 535||Quantitative Methods in Sociology I||1|
|DEMG/SOCI 536||Quantitative Methods in Sociology II||1|
|DEMG/SOCI 604||Methodology of Social Research||1|
|DEMG 707||Second-Year Research Seminar I (Part I of a two-part course)||1|
|DEMG 708||Second-Year Research Seminar II (Part II of a two-part course)||1|
|DEMG/SOCI 796||Demographic, Economic, and Social Interrelations||1|
|Select four independent study or other demography courses||4|
|Select eight course units||8|
|Total Course Units||20|
- Satisfactory completion of 20 course units
- Satisfactory completion of a first year research paper
- Satisfactory completion of a second year research paper
- Satisfactory completion of the MA Exam administered in May in the end of the student's first year in the program
- Satisfactory completion of the PhD Examination administered in May in the end of the student's second year in the program
- Successfully complete a dissertation on an approved topic. To remain in good standing students should establish a dissertation committee and defend their dissertation proposal before the beginning of their fourth year in the program.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.