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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Applied Demography

The study of population trends is highly relevant in today’s world. Governments, businesses, and organizations require experts who can analyze demographic data to inform policy decisions, resource allocation, and planning for the future. With this rising demand for demographers, UTSA’s master’s program offers students a future in these emerging and high-demand job roles.

Demographers play a critical role in the planning and development of cities, counties, and towns across nations. This field draws from sociology, economics, statistics, geography, public health, and other social sciences. Students majoring in demography gain a broad and versatile skill set that can be applied to various career paths.

Research Opportunities

Applied demography students have opportunities to work with program faculty on original research projects, with the goal of presenting their work at national and regional conferences, and pursuing publication of their work. Graduate students will be able to:

  • Work with large and complex data sources
  • Analyze data using appropriate statistical tests
  • Graphically present data using statistical techniques and GIS
  • Write reports and papers based on empirically based questions using real data

See What Our Students Say

In addition to earning a standalone master’s degree, the MS in Demography gives students a natural pathway into our renowned PhD program. Hear from alumna Mary Bollinger on how she uses her degree every day.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Applied Demography (MS)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Letters of Recommendation 3 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time). Professional references for this program are preferred.
  Writing Sample Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Applied Demography (MS)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 June 1 June 1
Spring Not Available Not Available
Summer Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

Please contact the Graduate Advisor of Record for available competitive funding opportunities. For information about university scholarships, click below.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

All graduate courses are offered in the evening at the UTSA Main Campus.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Ying Huang, PhD