The Population Research Center (PRC) administers a comprehensive program to train graduate students with interests in population studies.
Since the PRC is not a degree-granting unit, students seeking a graduate degree with a specialization in population studies must apply through an academic department at the University of Texas. The Department of Sociology at UT is the most common academic department of our graduate students, and offers specializations in demography, health, family, education, religion, and other areas of central interest to population-related researchers. Graduate students from the Departments of Human Ecology, Economics, Anthropology, and others are also affiliated with the PRC.
Current PRC students have varied research interests that focus on both domestic and international population topics and utilize both qualitative and quantitative methods; topics include poverty and child well-being, religion and health, population and the environment, fertility, family structure, and migration and development.
PRC graduates are employed at a variety of institutions. Many hold academic appointments at top US and international universities and colleges, while others are employed in research positions with government agencies and population organizations such as the United Nations, the Population Council, the Urban Institute, RAND, the Guttmacher Institute, and the US Census Bureau.