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Grad Certificate – Applied Measurement & Quantitative Methods

Introducing the newest certificate:

Graduate Certificate in Applied Measurement and Quantitative Methods


The graduate Certificate in Applied Measurement and Quantitative Methods, administered by the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Educational Psychology in the College of Education, provides advanced knowledge and training in methods typically employed to investigate a wide variety of problems in the broad domains of the social and behavioral sciences. The certificate leverages expertise across colleges to provide students in a variety of disciplines with advanced proficiency in quantitative methods and educational and psychological measurement. Students will gain the expertise to produce, analyze, and report empirical information to drive decision-making and understanding complex environments.

We want you to increase your marketability by providing you with an advanced skill set that will aid you in your future careers. These skills may be invaluable to your employers by helping you make better decisions through rational project design, systematic measurement and the application of modern, sophisticated data analysis. We invite you to take advantage of strengths across departments at WSU to meet your development as a scholar with advanced methodological training.

The certificate is open to students in any WSU graduate program. Students not in degree programs may also earn the certificate by enrolling as non-degree students. Students are required to maintain the minimum GPA requirement of at least 3.0 while enrolled in the certificate program. To qualify for the graduate certificate a prospective student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution and meet all prerequisite requirements or demonstrate equivalent knowledge in foundational statistics and research methods coursework before enrolling in any course that require this knowledge.

Curriculum Description

Students will select a sequence of four courses that best meet their needs by completing 12 credits from the below coursework. The focus may be on quantitative modeling, measurement or a combination of the two.

Psychology and Prevention Science Courses
Prev_Sci 510Multilevel Modeling II: Advanced Multilevel Models for Longitudinal Data
Prev_Sci 512Finite and Growth Mixture Modeling
Psych 514Psychometrics
Psych 515Multilevel and Synthesized Data
Psych 516Applied Structural Equation Modeling


Educational Psychology courses
Ed Psych 511Classical and Modern Test Theory
Ed Psych 572Meta Analysis
Ed Psych 575Multilevel Modeling
Ed Psych 576Factor Analytic Procedures
Ed Psych 577Item Response Theory

For more information, please contact:

Leonard Burns, Ph.D.   or   Brian F. French, Ph.D.