The Center for Population Studies (CPS) was initially established as the Demographic Training and Research Center (DTRC) in 1982to satisfy the country’s human resources needs in the areas of demographic data collection and analysis. The Center was established with the financial and technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to create a self-sustaining program in Addis Ababa University. The major objectives of the Center are formulating and carrying out research in the areas of population and development interrelationships; providing relevant training at graduate, undergraduate and in-service levels; and offering advisory services to Government and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Since its establishment, the Center, as the only institution of its kind in the Country, has been providing training at various levels (in-service training to middle level government experts at federal and regional levels, undergraduate service courses to students in other departments of the University, and postgraduate training leading to the M.Sc. degree) and conducting research. The first batch of graduate students was admitted in 1986 and since then many population experts have been trained.

At the beginning, the focus of the graduate training program was on formal demography; that is, demographic analysis, which is confined to the study of components of population structure and change. However, in 1991, the graduate curriculum was revised to strikea balance between formal demography and population and development linkages. The 1991 revised curriculum was more multidisciplinary. Furthermore, a consultative meeting of stakeholders was conducted in the late 1990s and based on their suggestions and taking the post-ICPD issues into account, a second revision of the graduate curriculum was made in 2004. In 2009, in line with the new modes of graduate level teaching and learning introduced by the University, the curriculum was revised again.



The Center for Population Studies strives to be a prominent center of training and research in population studies in East Africa.


The mission of CPS is to:

  • Produce well-qualified scholars inpopulation studies;
  •  Conduct research on population and development issues and disseminate policy relevant knowledge;
  •  Provide community-based training and consultancy services on population and development.

Program Objectives

The overall objective of the Center for Population Studies is to provide highly qualified human resources capable of addressing the country’s population and development problems. The specific objectives are:

  1. To provide an interdisciplinary graduate training program leading to Master of Science Degree in Population Studies;
  2. To impart knowledge through in-service training;
  3. To facilitate academic and policy-oriented research on population and development interrelationships, (in the areas of population and development, population and environment, reproductive health including child health, immunization, family planning, and HIV/AIDS; child labor; demographic dividend, population ageing; etc.).

 Graduate Profile

The graduates of the M.Sc. Program in Population Studies from Addis Ababa University acquire wide-ranging theoretical, practical, and methodological competencies and upon the completion of the program, they shall be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills that would enable them to:

  1. Offer a broad range of university level courses that expose students to population and development perspectives, leading to a better understanding of the complex relationship between population, environment and development;
  2. Deal with the dynamic nature of human population using different techniques of demographic analyses;
  3. Participate actively in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as management of population and related programs;
  4. Coordinate and conduct multidisciplinary research on issues dealing with population and development activities;
  5. Estimate demographic parameters in the absence of a proper vital registration system;
  6. Assess the consequences of population growth, including the systematic study of problems and issues in reproductive health, food security, urbanization;
  7. Advocate the multi-dimensional aspect of population and its impact/ contribution for development with special emphasis on children, women, elders, minorities, refugees, the poor, and the disabled, who are exposed to high risk of fertility, morbidity, mortality as well as migration, with compassionate understanding of their causes.