Graduate Certificate in Population Studies: Certificate Requirements

All graduate degrees are awarded through departments and, therefore, graduate students wishing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Population Studies must be first admitted into a departmental program. As certificates are only conferred with a degree, students must also make sure they satisfy all departmental degree requirements (for specifics, please consult departmental staff).

In addition, the Graduate Certificate on Population Studies requires 9-12 credits, dependent upon status as M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. student. The required courses include:

  • two required core courses that focus on population studies theory, methods, and issues;
  • for M.A. or M.S. students, an additional two courses with substantial population studies content (list below). One course must be outside the student's home discipline;
  • for Ph.D. students, an additional three courses with substantial population studies content (list below). Two courses must be outside the student's home discipline.

In addition to coursework, the Graduate Certificate on Population Studies requires participation in extracurricular offerings relevant to population studies. For M.A. and M.S. students, 10 hours of participation in extracurricular activities are required, 15 hours for Ph.D. students. Such offerings can include:

  • Attendance at the bi-weekly Population & Health workshop in IBS
    • typically 1-hour sessions, check IBS website for schedule
  • Attendance at CUPC research presentations in IBS
    • Typically 1-hour sessions, check IBS website for schedule
  • Participation in methodological short courses and workshops
    • typically ranging from 4 - 40 hours
    • ICPSR offers summer workshops in Boulder each year, check their schedule
  • IBS Center for Research and Computing Services offers these on occasion, check IBS events
  • Annual conference on "Integrating Genetics and Social Sciences" (IGSS)
  • Annual Migration-Climate-Health workshops
  • IBS’ graduate student Professionalization Seminars ("ProSem")
  • CARTSS dissertation writing workshop
  • Many institutions outside of CU offer workshops as well
    • For example, check websites for Stanford, Berkeley

Please alert the Certificate Director (Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu) of your intention to participate in such events for Certificate credit.


More about the Certificate Program:

Overview
Faculty
Courses

For additional information, contact the Certificate Director:
Professor Lori Hunter
Director, Population Program and CU Population Center
Institute of Behavioral Science, Room 483
Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu