Joint Degree Program in Planning and
Demography

The purpose of the program is to better prepare students for careers in the overlapping professions of Planning and Demography. It is expected that demographic coursework and training will be an important complement to the existing MSP, and that planning coursework and training will provide important professional options to students in the existing MSD. The efficiencies that come from a joint curriculum as well as joint advising by faculty in both units will deepen the professional preparation and maximize the professional prospects of joint MSP-MSD graduates.

Admission Criteria

Both programs will adhere to the university minimum requirements for admission to graduate study, including:

Either (a) earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all work attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student, or (b) a graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. The university requires all applicants to graduate programs to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants whose native language is not English are required to have a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL examination, 6.5 on the IELTS examination, or 77 on the MELAB examination. These indicators are considered along with other evidence of preparation including letters of recommendation and a personal statement. The Demography Program also requires a writing sample.

To be considered for the joint degree program, students must be evaluated and admitted by the Admissions Committees of each of the two participating units.

Requirements for the Joint Degree

The student will complete all requirements for the MSP degree and the MSD except as noted below. The program will consist of a total minimum of 66 hours. This course of study allows students to engage in cross-disciplinary study, emphasizing the overlap between the disciplines.

Planning Core (9 hours)

  • URP 5101 - Planning Theory
  • URP 5125 - Plan Implementation
  • URP 5847 - Growth and Development of Cities
  • URP 5930 - Professional Topics (0 credits) Two semesters

Planning Methods for Policy and Planning Decisions (3 hours; 1 0f 2 courses)

  • URP 5201 - Research Design
  • URP 5222 - Planning Alternatives Evaluation

Planning Collaborative and Participatory Methods (3 hours; 1 of 3 courses)

  • URP 5122 - Planning Dispute Resolution
  • URP 5123 - Collaborative Governance
  • URP 5939 - Community Involvement and

Citizen Participation Planning Specialization Courses (9 hours)

Students can select any planning specialization, but they must meet all of the requirements for their chosen specialization.

Planning Internship (0 hours)

At least 400 hours in a planning related internship.

Planning Electives (9 hours)

Students should take other planning elective courses to bring their planning credits up to 33 hours.

Demography Courses that Can Count Towards the Planning Degree

  • ECP 5118 or SYD 5133 - Population Data (required: MSD degree)
  • SYD 5135 - Demographic Analysis (required: MSD degree)
  • SYD 5235 - Mobility
  • ECP 5115 - Economics of Population
  • GEO 5934 - Population Geography
  • SYD 5045 - Introduction to Demography
  • SYD 5046 - International Population

Dynamics Demography Core (21 hours)

  • ECP 5118 - Population Data or
  • SYD 5133 - Population Data
  • SYD 5135 - Tech. of Population Analysis or
  • ECP 5117 - Mathematical Demography
  • URP 5272 - Urban & Regional Info Systems or
  • GIS 5101 - Geographic Info Systems & Lab
  • URP 5261 - Forecasting for Plan Development
  • URP 5211 - Planning Statistics or
  • SYA 5305 - Intro to Research Methods or
  • SYA 5458 - Data Analysis & Social Statistics
  • SYA 5406 - Multivariate Analysis or
  • URP 5201 - Planning Research Methods or
  • SYD 5045 - Intro to Demography

Demography Seminars (3 hours)

Students will choose at least two of the following courses:

  • SYD 5215 - Health and Survival
  • SYD 5225 - Fertility
  • SYD 5235 - Mobility
  • ECP 5115 - Economics of Population
  • SYA 6933 - Aging & the Life Course
  • SYO 5177 - Changing Families
  • SYD 5046 - International Population Dynamics
  • SYD 5105 - Population Theory

Demography Electives (6 hours)

Students can take other Demography elective courses to bring their credits up to 33 hours. These courses are to be drawn from a list approved by the MSD Director.

Planning Courses that Can Count Towards the Demography Degree (9-12 hours)

The list below identifies Planning courses that count towards the Demography degree, as per the MSD Program Requirements.

  • URP 5201 - Planning Research Methods

OR

  • URP 5211 - Planning Statistics
  • URP 5272 - Urban & Regional Info Systems
  • URP 5261 - Forecasting for Plan Development
  • URP 5847 - Growth and Development of Cities

Required Capstone (3-6 hours)

Students can satisfy their capstone requirement through either:

URP 5910 - Directed Individual Study (Master's Paper option) (3 hours)

OR

URP 5342 - Planning Studio (3 hours)

OR

DEM 5972 - Master's Research Paper (6 hours)

The committee for a master's paper or thesis must be made up of at least one faculty member from the Planning faculty and one member of the Demography faculty.

Note: The choice of which program is credited for the capstone depends upon the requirement to balance the number of credits to at least 33 credits for each program.

For further information and applications, contact:

Admissions Coordinator
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Florida State University
P.O. Box 3062280
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2280
(850) 644-4510
E-mail: sataylor2@fsu.edu
www.coss.fsu.edu/durp/

MSD Program Director
Center for Demography and Population Health
Florida State University
P. O. Box 3062240
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2240
(850) 644-1762
E-mail: popctr@fsu.edu
popcenter.fsu.edu/

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