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Certificate of Graduate Study


Program of Study


Whether you are a current UAlbany student enrolled in a graduate program in the social sciences, public health or related fields or a member of the community, such as a state employee, this certificate program will prepare you for what’s next.

You will gain the theoretical, substantive and methodological knowledge of how population processes operate in societies and how they interrelate with other social processes.

18 credits plus one graduate-level statistics course:

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Demography
  • Demographic Techniques

Special Topics Courses

  • Two Special Topics in Demography courses OR
  • One Special Topics in Demography course and one Demography Internship

Demography Electives

  • Two additional demography related substantive or methods courses in any field


  • One graduate-level statistics course in a related field

Additional Program Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Graduate Student Handbook

For more information, contact Zoya Gubernskaya at [email protected]

Career Outcomes

With a CGS in Demography, you’ll be ready to apply what you learn to additional advanced studies or directly to a career as an analyst, urban or regional planner, consultant or other relevant role in the public or private sector that requires expertise in demographics.

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Potential job titles include:

  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Community Organizer
  • Demographic Statistical Analyst
  • Economist

Potential employers include:

  • Federal, state and local governments
  • Military
  • Hospital systems
  • Universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Technology companies
  • Design firms

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements

Fall: May 15

Spring: December 1

Summer: Not Available

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official GRE scores (GRE scores greater than 5 years old will not be accepted)

To request a GRE waiver, please complete this GRE Waiver Request Form and email [email protected].

Supplemental Documents

  • Statement of Goals- The statement is generally one to two pages discussing why you want to enroll in the program and what you wish to get out of the program. It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background and career goals.
  • Writing sample

Available information for International Applicants.


Application Information for Current UAlbany Students

Current UAlbany students should login to MyUAlbany and follow these steps to apply:

  1. In the MyUAlbany portal, select the Graduate Education tab at the top of the page.
  2. At the bottom left of the page under Application and Graduation Information, select Supplemental Degree Application.
  3. Click on the Supplemental Degree Application icon.
  4. Click the Add to Cart button.
  5. Fill out the form. 
    1. Select your current degree level and current program name.
    2. Be sure to enter "Graduate Certificate in Demography" in the Requested Supplemental Degree Program Name field
    3. Select CGS in the Requested Supplemental Degree dropdown menu
  6. Click Continue to submit your supplemental application form.
  7. Select Checkout to submit your payment information.
Special Notes

This program may include an internship, field experience, study abroad component or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter, please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Certificate of Graduate Study
  • Learn about the causes of fertility, mortality, and migration and how changes in these processes alter the size, composition and geographic distribution of populations.
  • Learn how to measure population processes and properly compare related indicators across time and space.
  • Apply demographic techniques to population-related problems in government, business and non-profit organizations.
  • Perform demographic data analysis and present results in written and oral formats.