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Department of Psychology

Training in Quantitative Psychology

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Psychologists view human behavior as a complex phenomenon, stemming from multiple causes. By extension, psychological constructs are often challenging to measure and study. The field of quantitative psychology involves research into methodology, measurement, and statistics as applied to the study of human behavior to address these challenges. Like other data science disciplines, quantitative psychology equips students to thrive in an increasingly data-driven world and sets them up to contribute to a wide range of important research endeavors.

Our Focus

The quantitative psychology concentration has a dual focus that trains students to develop and evaluate novel methodology, as well as to innovatively apply methods to solve important psychological research problems that impact society.

Our Training Goals

The quantitative psychology concentration aims to develop quantitative scientists who have the ability to conduct their own primary quantitative research, as well as to collaborate effectively with substantive scientists. Students graduating from the program will be prepared to serve as quantitative psychologists in a variety of roles both within and outside academia.

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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