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Department of Psychology

Training in Quantitative Psychology

World of Quantitative Psychology

Psychologists view human behavior as a complex phenomenon, stemming from multiple causes. Although psychological constructs may seem straightforward, they can be challenging to measure and study. Quantitative psychology involves research into methodology, measurement, and statistics as applied to the study of human behavior to address these challenges. 

Area of Emphasis

Quantitative psychology is an area of emphasis in the University of South Carolina Department of Psychology in which students can conduct research and receive training. Quantitative psychologists in the department develop and apply statistical methodology to a wide range of applied problems including, but not limited to, substance use, physical activity/obesity, and neuroimaging. The collaboration between quantitative research and other areas in psychology builds synergy in the department.

Doctoral Training in Quantitative Psychology

Students at USC can train for a career in quantitative psychology by applying to the Experimental Ph.D. program. Doctoral training in Quantitative Psychology is quite flexible as the only required courses are two basic method courses, two advanced quantitative methods courses, and ethics and professional development courses. Quantitative faculty cover a number of topics within the field, such as test theory, mediation, structural equation modeling, causal modeling, methods for neuroimaging, etc. Prospective students should check the quantitative faculty current interests, and/or contact the faculty member(s) with which they are interested in working. In addition to this doctoral training, students may also earn a Concentration in Applied Statistics or a Masters in Applied Statistics from the Department of Statistics.

Quant Psych Course Sequence

A short description of the courses offered, schedules, etc. can be found here [pdf]

Certificate of concentration in Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Applied students from any of the three Ph.D. programs in the department can receive additional training in quantitative methods and earn a certificate of concentration in Quantitative Methods for Psychology. The concentration provides an official recognition that the student has completed additional quantitative training in, and potentially outside, the department.

Concentration requirements are:

  1. The student must be accepted to a University of South Carolina Psychology Department Doctoral Program (i.e., no separate application is needed for the quantitative concentration)
  2. The student must make a B or better in four, 3-credit hour advanced quantitative courses (i.e., 12 total credit hours) that are 700 level or higher and have 710 as a pre-requisite. Note that assessment and methods classes do not count toward this requirement
  3. Two of the four courses (i.e., 6 hours) are required to be taught in the department
  4. Up to two of the four courses (i.e., 6 hours) can optionally be taught in another department, contingent upon approval from the Quantitative Psychology Program Director.


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