The M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis offers specialized training in the research skills to address practical problems confronting society, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The concentration emphasizes the Pacific Rim and issues defining Southern California’s population, such as immigration, changing household and family structure, racial and economic inequalities, and the impact of local and regional population growth. Informed by the interdisciplinary field of demography, the program draws on faculty and courses in the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology.
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Fall Quarter Start Applications are accepted beginning in the Winter Quarter for admission in the Fall. The DASA program begins only Fall Quarter. Students are not admitted for any other starting time.
Application Elements Applications must include four elements: (1) The UCI Graduate Studies application form including a 'Why DASA?' personal statement; (2) Transcripts for all college-level course work; (3) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores earned within the last five years; and (4) Three letters of recommendation. Applicants originating in countries where English is not the primary spoken language must, in addition, submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Finally, applicants may optionally submit a writing sample or other comparable evidence that demonstrates their potential for successful completion of the DASA program.
Application Screening Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The committee attempts a balanced evaluation of undergraduate record (GPA, trajectory, and performance in quantitatively intensive courses), letters of recommendation, test scores, personal statement, and (where applicable) writing sample or professional experience. Candidates should at least meet UCI minimum standards for graduate admission: college grade point average (GPA) = 3.0 (on a scale 0-4) and combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores (V+Q) = 1,000; applicants falling below the minimum on either standard must show exceptional strength in other areas.
Full-time Study and Professional/Returning Students Applications from returning students and working professionals are encouraged. Such admissions constitute a good part of DASA success. Nonetheless, the intensive curriculum necessitates full-time enrollment throughout an entire academic year (nine months). Even with simultaneous work obligations, students must be able to attend all DASA classes which, with few exceptions, are offered during daytime hours, two days a week. DASA is most emphatically not an evening- or weekend-oriented "executive" or "distance-learning" program!
DASA awards a few very modest grants to recognize extraordinary qualifications on admission or exceptional achievement after enrollment. Subject to limited availability, DASA students may also apply for part-time Teaching Assistant positions.
Financial support for all master-level programs is generally limited, but this serves to underscore one real advantage of DASA's single-year program of intensive study -- an abbreviated period of investment.
The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
* The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.
† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.