The Master in Population Studies (MPOPS) is a non-thesis program that aims to meet the need for population practitioners with a strong grounding in the theory and methods of demography and the ability to critically analyze the interrelationship between population factors and development in its various ramifications, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The MPOPS curriculum consists of 32 units of course work and a comprehensive examination. Students are also required to prepare a pre-print research paper as a prerequisite to graduation.

Core and Cognate Courses

Core courses offered by UPPI

Course Title Description
DEMO 210 Theory and Methods of Demography Theoretical and empirical analyses of trends, levels and determinants of fertility, mortality, migration and other demographic processes, emphasizing the utilization and interpretation of demographic measures.
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 211 Techniques of Demographic Analysis I Demographic data sources, evaluation, and use. Analysis of population composition. Methods of measuring levels, trends and differentials of mortality, nuptiality, fertility, migration and distribution. Procedures for deriving population change & distribution.
  • 3 units lecture, 1 unit laboratory
DEMO 225 Statistical Analysis of Population and Related Survey Data Using Statistical Software Packages Univariate and bivariate statistical analyses of survey data for the study of population and related processes using statistical software packages.
  • 2 units lecture, 2 units laboratory
DEMO 240 Population Policies and Programs Review of policies and programs directly or indirectly affecting population. Linkage of empirical findings with activities aimed at formulating specific policies, plans and programs.
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 297.1 Seminar in Population and Development I Theoretical and methodological developments in the analysis of interrelationships of population, resources and environment.
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 297.2 Seminar in Population and Development II Theoretical and methodological developments in the understanding of interrelationships of population, reproductive health, sexuality, epidemiologic transition, aging and other population related issues and concerns.
  • Prerequisite: Demo 210
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 298 Applied Population Research Applied research in population issues.
  • Prerequisite: Demo 210, 211, 225, Soc Sci 201 / Consent of Instructor
  • 3 units lecture

Core course offered by CSSP

Course Title Description
SOC SCI 201 Statistics for the Social Sciences Application of statistical techniques to social science research.

Cognate courses offered by UPPI

Course Title Description
DEMO 220 Demography of Asia and the Pacific Trends of population growth and prospects of future growth in the Asian and the Pacific region. Population dynamics and interrelationships with development.
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 221 Population Growth and Economic Development Analysis of factors involved in the economic development of nations with particular reference to population change.
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 223 Demographic Aspects of the Work Force Analysis of the work force: the different approaches used in studying it. Trends and patterns of work force composition in developing and developed economies. Relation of the work force to other socio-economic variables like education, urbanization and fertility.
  • Prerequisite: Soc Sci 201 or equivalent Elementary Statistics course
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 226 Advanced Statistical Analysis for Population and Related Processes Using Statistical Software Packages Multivariate statistical techniques for analyses of population and related processes using statistical software packages.
  • Prerequisite: Soc Sci 201 or equivalent
  • 3 units lecture
DEMO 241 Emerging Issues in Population Analysis of socio-economic demographic interrelationships brought about by recent demographic changes in the trends and patterns of fertility, mortality, migration and nuptiality.
  • 3 units lecture

Special topics in Demography

Course Title Description
DEMO 295.1 Special Topics in Demography: Analysis of Nuptiality and Family Formation
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
  • 2 units lecture
DEMO 295.2 Special Topics in Demography: Analysis of Population Spatial Distribution
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
  • 2 units lecture
DEMO 295.3 Special Topics in Demography: Family Planning Program Evaluation
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
  • 2 units lecture
DEMO 295.4 Special Topics in Demography: Analysis of Mortality
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
  • 2 units lecture
DEMO 295.5 Special Topics in Demography: Techniques of Population Projection
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
  • 2 units lecture