Department of Demography

Guidelines for the M.A. or “Qualifying Exam”

The M.A. exam is a written test of fluency in demographic theory, methods, and substance, taken in May of the M.A. year. The exam consists of two 3-hour long sessions, one devoted to methods and the other to substance and theory. All of the content included on the M.A. exam is covered in the required courses, however, the exam is not s simple repetition of course exams. Instead, students are required to demonstrate the ability to synthesize forms of knowledge acquired in different courses and to think critically about the assumptions and implications of demographic models. Non-circulating copies of old exams are available in the Sharlin Library and are now also available on-line to Demography students.