Center for Demographic and Social Analysis

The Irvine Center for Demographic and Social Analysis (C-DASA) is a joint program of the School of Social Sciences and the School of Social Ecology. The center advances innovative, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary research by strengthening research infrastructure and training population scientists. It In its brief history, DASA alumni have already used their training toward an impressive array of accomplishments: successful job searches, advancement in existing careers, and admission to doctoral programs in other disciplines such as gerontology, sociology, and epidemiology. With research focusing on international migration and immigrant incorporation, child and youth outcomes, and inequality and well-being, C-DASA brings timely information on the changing face of America to population professionals, policy-makers, and the public.

Pathways into Program

The DASA program is organized around the interdisciplinary field of demography and draws faculty and courses mainly from the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology. Depending on the path of admission, a student who completes the program will earn one of the following degrees:

– M. A. in Social Sciences (Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis)
– M. A. in Social Ecology (Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis)

At present, students may apply for direct admission into DASA only through Social Sciences. The DASA degree in Social Ecology is presently an option only for students who have already been admitted to doctoral study.

Applications are accepted beginning in the Winter Quarter for admission in the Fall. The DASA program begins only Fall Quarter. Students are not admitted for any other starting time.

Application elements include a personal statement, transcripts for all college-level course work, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants may also optionally submit a writing sample or other comparable evidence that demonstrates their potential for successful completion of the DASA program.