Applied Demography Program

The Applied Demography Program is designed to provide working professionals with an understanding of concepts, measures, data, software and analytical skills that applied demographers utilize in the workplace in both the public and private sector. .We offer a Graduate Certificate and a Masters in Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Applied Demography and the focus of both programs is on the application of demographic analysis to address practical problems.

The program is offered through Penn State World Campus ( The Program Office and faculty offices are located on the second floor of the Oswald Tower at The Pennsylvania State University Campus. The Applied Demography Program was established in October 2015.

Courses may also be taken for professional development.

Courses include:

  • Principles of Demography
  • Demographic Techniques
  • Data, GIS and Applied Demography
  • Applications in Applied Demography
  • Business Demography
  • Public Sector Demography
  • Applied Demography and Health
  • Spatial Demography
  • Capstone course 

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