The Quantitative Psychology program is located in Lazenby Hall.
Following is information about our graduate program in quantitative psychology. For information about applying for
admission to graduate study in our Department.
For information about applying to the Quantitative Psychology program, contact Jay McKirnan.
As a graduate student in quantitative psychology, you prepare for a research-oriented career in mathematically
modeling and quantitatively assessing psychological phenomena. Quantitative psychology is as much a way of
thinking about psychological questions as it is a field of study involving specific research methods.
You will develop an expertise that spans the traditional field of psychology. This will include training in basic
statistical and data analysis methods, as well as in advanced mathematical models and quantitative methods. The more
basic work will be in the theory and application of traditional statistical methods and techniques for data analysis.
Advanced work may be in such topics as the mathematical modeling of psychological phenomena - for example, the
development and study of models of the cognitive processes in decision making.
Other advanced work may be in the most current techniques of measurement and data analysis - methods such as
item response theory and covariance structure modeling. With training in such areas, you will be able to conduct
research to develop new quantitative methods or models, or to explore features of current ones. You will also have
a sophisticated foundation in research design and quantitative methods that will be highly useful in designing
substantive research studies and analyzing data from such studies.
Active research participation is central to the training program. You choose a faculty advisor early and work
closely with that person on projects of mutual interest. You are also encouraged to develop collaborative
research interests with other faculty as well as with fellow students. These collaborations are a foundation from which you will
build independent research programs.
The quantitative program is flexible. It is organized to help you develop a course of study that fits your goals.
Formal coursework varies, depending on your background and interests.
Such work in quantitative psychology requires mathematical and statistical expertise, and you should have a
strong background. Thus, students are encouraged to supplement their studies with courses in mathematics and statistics.
Program of Study
You will develop an individualized study program, leading to the Ph.D. degree in four to five years
During the first two years, collaborative research with your faculty advisor and coursework in a major
and minor field of study generally fulfill the requirements of the M.A. degree. This includes a masters
thesis. The third and fourth years of study are devoted to extending your expertise, developing independent
research projects, and completing the doctoral dissertation.
The program offers many opportunities for research completed either collaboratively or independently.
In addition, activities associated with teaching or research assistantships will provide further valuable
experience. Depending on your interests, the program is flexible enough to prepare you for an academic career
or for a research career in the private sector.