ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Master of Arts (MA) in Population Studies
Applicants are required to have a good first degree with minimum of Second Class Lower Division from an accredited University.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Population Studies
Applicants for the MPhil Programme are required to have a good first degree with minimum of Second Class Lower Division from an accredited University.
 
The MPhil in Population Studies Programme is open to three categories of candidates. The first category involves candidates with either first degree in any field of study or MA degree from fields of study other than Demography/Population Studies who apply for admission into the MPhil Programme. For this category of candidates, the MPhil in Population Studies course is run for two years (four semesters); one year for course work of a minimum of 24 credits and another year for thesis in conformity with the University of Ghana regulations.

The second category refers to candidates who have enrolled in the MA in Population Studies Programme who may be considered as having performed exceptionally well in the written examinations at the end of the course work for the two semesters of the MA Programme. These students may be recommended into the MPhil Programme and will be required to spend one more year to undertake a research project and present a thesis for examination at the end of the second year.


The third category refers to candidates who complete the MA in Population Studies at RIPS and later apply into the MPhil in Population Studies Programme. This category of candidates will be required to undertake an 18-month research work and present a thesis for examination for the award of MPhil degree in Population Studies.

It is to be noted that the different categories of MPhil candidates who require to do course work will undertake the same courses as the candidates in the MA in Population Studies Programme as follows:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Population Studies
Admission to the PhD in Population Studies Programme will, normally, be limited to be candidates with a relevant Master’s degree. However, candidates with a relevant good first degree from an accredited University with a minimum of Second Class, Lower Division, may apply for admission to the programme.

Candidates applying with a first degree
i. Candidates with a good first degree may apply for admission into a PhD programme.
ii. The first degree holder applicants will be given conditional admission lettersby the School of Graduate Studies.
iii. They shall take prescribed courses (Level 600 courses) in the first year.
iv. On completion of the Level 600 courses, candidates will be assessed, and may progress into PhD depending on performance;
v. Candidates who are not able to progress into PhD will undertake their MPhil thesis research and on successful completion, will be awarded an MPhil degree.
vi. Candidates who progress into PhD will be given conditional admission into the PhD programme. They shall take Level 700 courses and continue to fulfill the requirements as outlined in Section 3.3.2.
vii. Candidates who are unable to meet the criteria for the M.Phil degree may be offered the option to undertake an MA/MSc. dissertation. They will be awarded MA/M.Sc. degree upon successful completion.

Candidates applying with a Master's degree (e.g. MA/MSc/MPH/MBA/MPhil)
i. Candidates with a Masters degree may apply into a PhD programme.
ii. Such candidates will be given conditional admission letters by the School of Graduate Studies.
iii. They shall take prescribed courses (Level 700 courses) in Year 1 as well as "make-up courses", as necessary, in Years 1 and 2.
iv. Candidates will be assessed on successful completion of the prescribed courses, and may progress to the PhD depending on performance.
v. Candidates who qualify to progress to PhD will be admitted to the PhD programme.
vi. Candidates who are unable to meet the criteria may be offered the option to do an MPhil, in which case, they shall proceed to undertake an MPhil thesis research.