University at Albany, SUNY

University at Albany, SUNY

Graduate Certificate in Demography at the Center for Social and Demographical Analysis

The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) was established in 1981 with the objective of providing a strong research infrastructure for scholarship in the social sciences at the University at Albany. Over the years it has increasingly emphasized support for interdisciplinary population research, especially the analysis of spatial inequalities (paying attention to processes of urban and regional development and their impacts on residents) and concerns for vulnerable populations (defined by race and ethnicity, age, social class, and nativity).  The CSDA is a multi-disciplinary research unit with connections to several departments, schools, and colleges on the University of Albany campus, providing extensive support for population-related research by social scientists. Their Computing/Statistical Core supports a UNIX network with several SUN workstations, a NOVELL network with PC access, and printing and plotting facilities. The Center is lead by its Director Professor Timothy Gage and Associate Director Professor Benjamin Shaw. 

The Certificate in Demography offered at the University of Albany is a graduate program designed both for students already enrolled in fields such social science or public policy, as well as for members of the community who wish to learn more about demography. The program has a focus on how processes such as fertility, mortality, and migration operate in societies and how they interrelate with other social processes. The Certificate is earned through a self-standing program of 18 credits which is designed to take one year to complete though may also be completed in conjunction with an M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. program. In addition to the required courses, all student in the program are expected to complete, or have completed, a graduate level statistics course.  

More information on the year-long Demography Certificate Program at The University of Albany-SUNY can be found here.

Established at the University at Albany in 1988 to carry out urban research both comparative and historical in scope, the Lewis Mumford Center honors the tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship established by Lewis Mumford (1895-1990). Mumford was a native New Yorker internationally recognized as one of the most distinguished urbanists of the 20th Century. By promoting broad-based collaboration among urban scholars from a variety of fields and geographic settings, the Center's mission is to further Mumford's ideal of local involvement with global vision. To this end, Center projects and activities range from international urban conferences (July 1999 in Shanghai), to local planning initiatives, to national endeavors examining urban change over time.

The Center is currently engaged in work on several projects including The University at Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL), How the Other Third Lives (Upstate New York project ), 2010 Plus, the American Communities Project, the Urban China Network, Second Generation Initiative and the NYS Scenic Byways.

Pathways into Program

The application deadline for the Graduate Certificate in Demography is due August 1st, 2015. Prospective students must submit transcripts from all schools attended.  There are no required tests or letters of recommendation.  The application itself can be found here

Albany’s graduate certificate programs are short, intensive and highly focused programs of study designed to promote advanced skills in a particular subject or area of specialized expertise. Credits for many of these certificates can be applied toward your graduate studies at our university. You may work toward a certificate in addition to pursuing your master’s or doctoral degree, or you may enroll in stand-alone certificate programs for your personal or professional development. 

Each prospective graduate student must submit a formal application for admission and receive a formal letter of admission before registering for any courses. Graduate students are expected to hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Their preparation must be appropriate to the program they wish to pursue and their academic record should generally be a B or better in course work that the department considers preparatory for graduate study. 

Students who wish to enter certificate programs will apply online. Questions concerning the online application can be addressed to the Office of Graduate Education.

Degree Types

Certificates/Minors
  • The China International Migration Project lead by investigators at The University of Albany.
  • Upstate New York is very geographically diverse, home to the state capital, Albany, large cities such as Buffalo and Rochester, as well as small towns and farms. Spatially 92% of the state's land area is in upstate, so it covers almost 12 times more land area than downstate. CSDA is involved in a number roof projects focusing on the region.
  • Using the covariate density defined mixtures of general linear models method of analyzing birth weight and infant mortality addresses two problems standard analysis of birth weight and infant mortality cannot: 1. Some covariates of infant mortality may be mediated by other covariates 2. Birth cohorts are heterogeneous More information on the study of birth weight and infant mortality, including discussions of history and causality can be found on Allen Wilcox's webpage, An Analysis of Birth Weight (http://eb.niehs.nih.gov/bwt/index.htm)

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