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Master of Professional Studies in
Applied Demography

Program Summary

Gain a deeper understanding of demographic data analysis and software to prepare for management positions in both the public and private sectors. This top-ranked master's program can prepare you to use demographic data to make critical business decisions.
Costs and Financial Aid

30 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Skilled Demographic Analysts Can Excel in Both Government and Private Sector Management Positions

This 30-credit Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Demography, offered online through Penn State World Campus, can provide you with a deep understanding of data concepts, measures, software, and analytical skills to help you prepare for and move into management positions in both the public and private sector. Professionals with applied demography skills can work as administrators for national, state, and local government agencies, large corporations, and nonprofit organizations. The ability to analyze and leverage demographic data is also in demand in a number of diverse fields, including philanthropy, criminal justice, and academics.

Mastering Applied Demography Concepts and Skills

This degree is particularly valuable to professionals whose jobs or desired jobs involve identifying and analyzing population data, producing future population projections, leveraging geospatial data, understanding life table models, and applying demographic characteristics for marketing and public program service analysis.

Career Opportunities in the Public Sector

Skilled analysts are employed across the federal government and also in large numbers at the state and local levels. Transportation planning, environmental mitigation efforts, grant writing, and the use of population statistics are critical to many government positions, impacting an extensive range of health, education, and economic issues. Demographics are essential to evidence-based decision-making in all of these professions.

Demographic Analysts in Demand in Private Industry

There are many businesses in need of demographic data analysis. Marketing demographics play a major role in decisions related to tracking trends in the purchase of consumer products, making the ability to analyze this data applicable and in-demand across numerous industries. Corporations also employ site selection analysts, health systems planners, real estate development analysts, statisticians, population forecasters, market researchers, and more.

Why Study Applied Demography at Penn State?

Once you complete the Master's in Applied Demography online, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate technical competence in demographic methods, GIS applications to population questions, and demographic data sources and their use
  • address the immediate questions and planning objectives of managers, administrators, and government officials by examining case studies of how to use demographic science
  • incorporate advanced geo-demographic analysis, big data, and applied statistical methods in your line of work

As a Penn State World Campus student, you'll have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world in which to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines. Penn State's residential demography program has been consistently ranked in the top five among the 120 schools offering a demography program, and as a student in this online program, you will be taught the same respected curriculum by our resident instructors. Listen to Dr. Stephen Matthews, lead faculty for the program, as he provides additional program information.