GISD Program Guidelines and Requirements


Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program at Ohio State.

Students must successfully complete at least 10 but no more than 20 hours of graduate-level coursework.

The specialization consists of the following components:

  1. A required three-credit (3) hour core proseminar course. The proseminar will focus on demography and will be divided into two components.
    • First, a weekly 2-hour class that focuses on a broad survey of the field of demography with a special emphasis on methods.
    • Second, immediately following the proseminar, students will attend the weekly IPR seminar. Each Tuesday IPR hosts a demography seminar that brings in speakers (both internal and external to the University) to present their recent population-related research. The seminar will expose GISD graduate students to cutting-edge demographic research methods.
  2. A required three-credit (3) hour course in Demographic Analysis. A core component of demographic training is its methodological toolkit. This course will cover the materials and methods of fundamental demographic analysis.
  3. Electives will be drawn from existing courses offered across the University which contain significant demographic content and/or provide technical training that will advance research on demographic topics. These hours must include at least three different courses, and at least 9 hours must be from outside the home graduate program but may include cross-listed courses (cross-listed courses that comprise this 9 hours minimum must be enrolled in outside the home department). Elective courses must be taken from two or more graduate programs outside the student’s major graduate program.


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