Graduate Certificate in Statistical Methods in Psychology

Department of Psychological Science
Department of Mathematics & Statistics

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Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of psychometrics. Psychometrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement, which includes the measurement of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits. The field is primarily concerned with the study of differences between individuals. It involves two major research tasks, namely: (1) the construction of instruments and procedures for measurement; and (2) the development and refinement of theoretical approaches to measurement.


The Statistical Methods in Psychology Certificate Program is open to all persons holding a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree who have the required prerequisites for the courses offered.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take two Psychology courses and an additional two courses from a second group of four. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have a non-matriculated status as a graduate student; however, if they complete the courses with a grade of B or better in each course, they will be admitted to the Missouri S&T master's degree program in mathematics and statistics. At the discretion of other graduate programs, these courses may also be transferred as graduate credit to those programs. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take a course in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

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* All of the included courses will be offered both for main campus and distance students.

The following two Psychology courses will be required:

  • PSYCH 5201: Psychometrics
  • PSYCH 5202: Applied Psychological Data Analysis

Choose an additional two Statistics courses from the following four:

  • STAT 5346: Regression Analysis
  • STAT 5353: Statistical Data Analysis
  • STAT 5643: Probability and Statistics
  • STAT 6344:  Design and Analysis of Experiments

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Course Descriptions:

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

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