Curriculum

A range of courses in Quantitative Psychology are offered regularly. The Quantitative Foundations area includes one semester of a basic psychological statistics course, which is offered semesterly. The Quantitative Core is a more intense series of courses in fundamental quantitative areas, and currently includes Test Theory, Multivariate Methods, Multilevel Modeling I, Nonparametrics, Factor Analysis, Categorical Methods, and Structural Equation Modeling I. The Quantitative Concentration area focuses on a wide range of more specialized applications, and currently includes courses in Clustering and Classification, Meta-analysis, Multidimensional Scaling, Structural Equation Modeling II, and Longitudinal Modeling. In addition, the Quantitative Proseminar is an ongoing discussion series covering advanced topics and emerging issues in the field. Courses will be added to these current offerings as the program continues to add faculty. In addition, students complete at least one semester of a Research Methodology course. Numerous methodology courses associated with the different substantive foci in the department are available.

The minor concentration requirement is fulfilled by taking three or more courses in a specialized area of psychology (e.g., cognitive, developmental, health, social, and psychopathology), education (e.g., testing, evaluation), mathematical statistics, or a tailored curriculum that meets the goals and objectives of the student (e.g., business).

All Graduate School requirements, including an M.A. thesis, written and oral comprehensive examinations, dissertation thesis, and final defense, apply to the Quantitative Psychology Program. The masters and dissertation theses may be empirical studies of quantitative issues, original quantitative innovations, or cutting-edge applications that utilize best-practice quantitative methods on a topic related to the student’s ultimate career objectives.

For the Comprehensives requirement, students have the choice of writing a paper, conducting an in-depth project, or taking a comprehensive examination. Students then deliver a public presentation of their work to their committee members, which functions as the oral component of the comprehensives. For the paper options, students can write a review paper covering a topic with either a substantive or quantitative focus. Students can also choose to conduct a meta-analysis of a topic with either a substantive or quantitative focus. For the in-depth project option, students can prepare a full set of lecture materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides, written lectures, homework assignments, etc.) for a quantitative course that would be suitable for offering at the graduate level. For the comprehensive examination option, students would work with their committee to prepare a reading list and a set of questions designed to demonstrate mastery of the material. Written exams typically are conducted in four 3-hour blocks of time.


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