The DASA program is organized around the interdisciplinary field of demography and draws faculty and courses mainly from the School of Social Sciences. A student who completes the program will earn an M. A. in Social Sciences (Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis).

The nine-month Master of Arts curriculum is integrated with the introductory graduate courses in the school, and includes population theory, research design, descriptive and inferential statistics, and demographic methods. These core courses are complemented by a varying menu of population-relevant electives. Throughout the academic year, students will apply the training and skills they are learning through a research project. The year culminates in an oral exam wherein students present their research.

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A sample course rubric is found below.


Required (core) courses are shown below, in bold. Whereas core courses remain the same year-in and year-out, elective offerings vary. The sample electives are compiled from past offerings by DASA faculty. Actual choices extend beyond this sample list. Also, students who have not completed an undergraduate statistics class with a grade of B or better have several ways to demonstrate required competence before enrolling in Grad Statistics II.

Rubric for DASA

Sample Electives (partial list from 12 departments)

Students may choose DASA-related electives (i.e., population issues or research methods, such as quantitative, survey, or other approved research methods courses) from the School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, School of Public Health, or the Paul Merage School of Business.

To help with your planning, here is a list of recent and planned future classes offered by the Sociology Department.


Events throughout the Year

These are the regular events that DASA students could participate in throughout the academic year:

  • Fall Welcome Back Dinner and Colloquium
  • GIS Seminar
  • C-DASA Colloquiums throughout the year
  • Alumni Panel
  • The Population Association of America Annual Meeting (PAA),
  • Final Paper Symposium


Best Paper Award Winners

Each year we recognize the student whose oral presentation and paper demonstrate the best combination of demographic understanding, research skills, professionalism, and polish. The Best Paper Award winners for the past several years are listed below.


What's in the UCI catalogue about the DASA degree?

The M.A. requires 36 units of study, an oral exit examination during which students present their research project, and a written summary of their research. All students must complete 20 units of required courses which include one course in research design, one in demographic methods, one in populations, and two in statistics. In addition, students must complete 16 units of elective courses in population issues or research methods. No more than four units may be internship, independent study, directed readings, or thesis courses (to prepare for the oral examination). One or two electives may be upper-division undergraduate courses, with the remainder being graduate courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.

The M.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis may also be awarded to Ph.D. students who complete the necessary requirements. Ph.D. students are not required to complete the program within the one-year timeframe.

The complete UCI catalogue can be accessed at The DASA curriculum is guided by an Advisory Board of prominent California demographers presently working in industry, government, and non-profit organizations.


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