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Certificate in
Demographic Analysis

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

An understanding of demographics and demographic change is of increasing importance for professionals working in a wide variety of occupations in business, government, and not-for-profit sectors. This certificate offers opportunities to take a grounding in the principles and applications of demographic analysis and GIS applications in demography into the study of selected courses, with a concentration on applications used for business, commercial or public sector purposes, immigration and settlement studies, and/or the economic impacts of demographic change. The final course will give students an opportunity to engage in “real-world” demographic analysis of issues such as school enrolments and closures, demand and supply of goods and services, retail sales potential, demand and supply of settlement services, social and assisted housing, and traffic in urban areas.

Academic Coordinator: Joe Aversa, certificates@geography.ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (English recommended) with a minimum grade of 70 percent, or equivalent, or mature student status with relevant work experience.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses (three required courses and three electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in the following sequence: CODA 100; CODA 110; Electives (three selections); and CODA 120.

Required Courses

CODA 100   Demographic Analysis:  Principles of Demographic Analysis
CODA 110   Demographic Analysis:  GIS Applications in Demography
CODA 120   Demographic Analysis:  Advanced Demographic Applications


Electives (select three)

CECN 640   Economics:  The Economics of Immigration
CGEO 206   Geography:  Regions, Nations and the Global Community
CGEO 301   Geography:  Marketing Geography
CGEO 419   Geography:  Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
CGEO 505   Geography:  Regional Analysis of Canada
CGEO 691   Geography:  Canadian Immigration: Patterns and Place
CGEO 803   Geography:  Recreation and Tourism Analysis
CINT 913   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Issues of Migration
CINT 914   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Settlement Experiences
CINT 915   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Responses to Migration
CODG 127   Digital Geography:  Digital Geography Applications in Community and Social Services
CPSY 620   Psychology:  Psychology of Immigration
CPSY 941   Psychology:  Cross Cultural Psychology
CSOC 474   Sociology:  Immigration, Borders and Belonging


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CINT 913   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Issues of Migration
CINT 914   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Settlement Experiences
CINT 915   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Responses to Migration
CODA 110   Demographic Analysis:  GIS Applications in Demography