• Advanced psychometrics helps students prepare for careers in statistical research
  • Dr. Jwa Kim presents analysis on testing at a major conference on campus
  • Quantitative psychology draws half its students from around the nation and world
  • MTSU’s psychology department sends master’s grads on to premier doctoral programs

Psychology, Quantitative, M.A.

The quantitative psychology master’s program aims to prepare students for applied and research careers as statisticians, psychometricians, data analysts, and quantitative psychologists in education, business, government, and other organizations. Goals are to help candidates develop research skills to keep up with recent theoretical and practical developments affecting their profession; data analysis skills used in organizations; skills related to interpretation and communication of statistical output; analytical skills for statistical decision-making; and test construction and validation skills with item response theory. The degree should give graduates an edge in their chosen career or as a Ph.D. applicant. Half of the program’s students come from other states (from Arizona to Michigan to Massachusetts to Florida) or other countries (including Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine).

Students gain experience with advanced statistics

Students gain experience with advanced statistics

Maryland native Valerie Freund, wanting to do social psychology research and earn a Ph.D., notes MTSU is one of the few terminal master’s in quantitative psychology. “I have learned not only the mathematics and conceptual ideas behind a number of advanced statistical techniques but I have also gained experience with writing syntax in the statistical programs, SAS, SPSS, and R,” Freund says. “I have also gained practice using item response theory and related computer programs.” She used real-world national data during her Discovery Education Assessment internship. James Ford is assisting Dr. Greg Schmidt’s research into work group attachment and influence tactics. “The ability to draw conclusions from empirical observations is the cornerstone of science, and understanding quantitative methods is the first step to research, and by that nature, the first step to drawing accurate conclusions that help us understand our world,” Ford says. His thesis examines relationships between stress, hostility, depression, and anxiety.

Quantitative psych grad excels in healthcare analytics

Quantitative psych grad excels in healthcare analytics

MTSU alum Travis Tucker (2001, M.A., quantitative psychology) joined MiMedx as vice president of informatics in 2013. He is responsible for building the analytics group at the small, rapidly growing biotech company in Marietta, Ga. The coursework, faculty, and student interactions at MTSU provided a strong foundation that enabled Tucker to have many early career successes in the healthcare field, particularly in using data for complex decision-making, he says. “The biggest appeal was the low student-to-professor ratio,” Tucker says. “Second, the job market was thriving for graduates of this program, especially in the healthcare field. Finally, after a visit to Murfreesboro, I knew that's where I wanted to go. I loved the college-town feel.” Tucker, a 1999 University of Central Florida graduate, also has worked at Aspen Marketing Services, Alere Health, Matria Healthcare, and Healthways.

Graduates holding a master’s degree in quantitative psychology may analyze empirical data obtained from scientific research and/or conduct scientific research on psychometrics or statistical phenomena. They also might provide program evaluation and statistical consulting services for government, businesses, hospitals, schools, and other data-collecting agencies. Other job activities could include developing and evaluating mathematical models of psychological phenomena or educational and psychological tests. About one-third of students continue on to doctoral programs in measurement, quantitative psychology, social psychology, or literacy studies. Some suggested occupations for graduates with a master’s in quantitative psychology include 

  • Data analyst
  • Marketing research analyst
  • Program evaluator
  • Psychometrician
  • SAS programmer
  • Statistician

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Abbot Vascular
  • AdvanceMed
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Cigna Government Services
  • Discovery Communications
  • HealthStream
  • Healthways
  • Matria Healthcare
  • MedSolutions
  • MiMedx Group
  • Quorum Health Resources
  • SpecialtyCare
  • State of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • United Health Group

Doctoral programs where MTSU students were accepted include

  • Georgia Tech
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Denver
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of South Florida

Graduate

Department of Psychology programs lead to two graduate degrees:

A minor in Psychology at the graduate level is also available to other students.

Admission to the quantitative psychology program is a two-part process. The graduate college first decides which students meet the minimum standards for the graduate college. Students who have been admitted to the graduate college are then considered for admission to the quantitative psychology program.

Applicants for MTSU’s quantitative psychology program must have

  • an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  • an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (generally 3.00 or higher);
  • an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — generally a minimum of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the combined Verbal and Quantitative sections.

Admission to graduate study is competitive, and the number of students admitted depends on the availability of adequate faculty supervision.

Most applicants have completed 15 semester hours of psychology, but those without must complete those credits in addition to their graduate program.

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the core areas of psychology by completing courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Additional information about program requirements, applying for a graduate assistantship, and receiving in-state tuition is available under the Resources section.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above. 

Undergraduate

Three undergraduate majors lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, Pre-Graduate Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The department also offers an online psychology degree in conjunction with University College.

Undergraduates can earn a minor in one of five psychology fields: Psychology, Life Span Development, Mental Health Services, Industrial/Organizational, and Neuroscience. The department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Behavioral Research.

Psychology, Quantitative Psychology Concentration, M.A.

Dana K. Fuller, Coordinator
(615) 898-2213
Dana.Fuller@mtsu.edu

The Department of Psychology offers programs that lead to two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts with a major in Psychology and concentrations in Clinical, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational, Quantitative Psychology, and Pre-Specialist in Education: and School Psychology and the Specialist in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in School Psychology. The department also offers a minor at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (generally 3.00 or higher);
  3. an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)—generally a minimum of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the combined Verbal and Quantitative sections is expected.

NOTE: Students who do not meet admission requirements may be admitted conditionally to a specific concentration. Students admitted conditionally must maintain a 3.25 GPA in their first semester (9 hours minimum) of required graduate courses in their concentration areas.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application Deadlines: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit official GRE scores;
  4. submit letter of intent stating goals and objectives;
  5. submit three required recommendation forms (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/pdf/ReferenceForm.pdf);
  6. submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

NOTE: Most applicants have completed 15 semester hours of psychology classes prior to admission to their graduate programs. Those applicants without 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology may be admitted to the programs but must complete those credits in addition to their graduate programs.

NOTE: Admission to graduate study is competitive and not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements. Students are selected from a pool of qualified applicants. Each year the number of students admitted to the program depends on the availability of adequate faculty supervision.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1.  be able to meet the demands required for professional work in psychology. Therefore, students may be subject to dismissal from the Psychology Department if they (a) commit a serious breach of ethics or gross professional negligence or (b) present evidence of impaired psychological functioning that would present a danger to themselves or others in a professional role. Students who are dismissed may reapply and will be considered for readmission on a competitive basis. Students who reapply may be asked to provide evidence of improved ability to meet performance requirements. See each area coordinator and program handbook for readmission policy.
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the core areas of psychology by completing the following courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level prior to entering the Quantitative program or during enrollment in the program (relevant courses offered at MTSU are listed in parentheses):
    1. basic statistics (PSY 3020)
    2. research methods (PSY 3070/PSY 5070)
    3. group measurement/testing (PSY 4260/PSY 5260 or PSY 6050)
    4. abnormal psychology, personality, social, or developmental (PSY 2210, 2300, 3230/PSY 5230, 3590, 4190, 4210/PSY 5210, or 4610/PSY 5610)
    5. learning, cognition, brain and behavior, or sensation and perception (PSY 2190, 4040, 4480/PSY 5480, 4780/PSY 5780, 4240/PSY 5240, or 4030/ PSY 5030).
  3. complete PSY 6280 and PSY 6290.
  4. complete a minimum of 36 semester hours, including at least 30 hours in psychology (see Curriculum section below for specifics). Only 30 percent of the total number of hours may be dually listed (5000-level meeting in conjunction with 4000- or 3000-level) courses.
  5. pass a written comprehensive examination prepared by the faculty in the student's concentration (may be taken no more than twice);
  6. complete either the thesis or non-thesis curriculum as detailed below in the Curriculum Section;
  7. if choosing the thesis option, successfully write and orally present a written thesis evaluated by a committee of Psychology faculty in conjunction with PSY 6640 (thesis, 3 hours).

Curriculum: Psychology, Quantitative Psychology

Thesis Option (36 hours)

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required (30 hours)

  • PSY 6210 - Advanced Psychometrics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Classical test theory and item response theory. Model, assumptions, and problems of classical test theory. Mathematical modeling, parameter estimating, and adaptive testing procedures using item response theory. Both theories utilized for test construction.

  • PSY 7210 - Advanced Psychometrics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Classical test theory and item response theory. Model, assumptions, and problems of classical test theory. Mathematical modeling, parameter estimating, and adaptive testing procedures using item response theory. Both theories utilized for test construction.

  • PSY 6280 - Psychological Statistics: Regression

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 6281. Review of basic statistics; various correlation coefficients; multiple and partial correlation; simple and multiple regression. Laboratory included.

  • PSY 6290 - Psychological Statistics: ANOVA

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 6291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: one-way, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.

  • PSY 6460 - Factor Analysis and Related Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major factor analysis techniques and related latent trait theory with main focus on application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each technique.

  • PSY 6550 - Structural Equation Modeling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Structural equation modeling. Review of correlation, multiple regression and path analysis. Conceptual review of measurement models. Model specification, estimation, goodness of fit, and power of structural equation models. Relevant computer programs.

  • PSY 6560 - Computer-Based Statistical Packages

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent. History, principles, and skills of data analysis, using major statistical packages.

  • PSY 6580 - Multivariate Data Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major multivariate data analysis techniques, with main focus on their application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each.

  • PSY 7580 - Multivariate Data Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major multivariate data analysis techniques, with main focus on their application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each.

  • PSY 6585 - Test Construction and Validation

    3 credit hours

    Surveys principles in item and test construction. Actual development of items and tests in the student's own field and validation of the items and tests through both classical test theory and item response theory.

  • PSY 7585 - Test Construction and Validation

    3 credit hours

    Surveys principles in item and test construction. Actual development of items and tests in the student's own field and validation of the items and tests through both classical test theory and item response theory.

  • PSY 6660 - Literature Review and Reading in Psychology: Quantitative

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Supervised literature review and/or readings on a topic of current importance in psychology. Topics and requirements obtained from individual faculty members. Specific courses may be repeated to a total of 6 credits.

  • PSY 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (3 credit hours)

    PSY 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Electives (6 hours)

Students must take 6 elective credits in addition to required courses. The courses may be in psychology or related areas with the permission of the academic advisor.

Non-thesis Option (36 hours)

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required (30 hours)

  • PSY 6210 - Advanced Psychometrics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Classical test theory and item response theory. Model, assumptions, and problems of classical test theory. Mathematical modeling, parameter estimating, and adaptive testing procedures using item response theory. Both theories utilized for test construction.

  • PSY 7210 - Advanced Psychometrics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Classical test theory and item response theory. Model, assumptions, and problems of classical test theory. Mathematical modeling, parameter estimating, and adaptive testing procedures using item response theory. Both theories utilized for test construction.

  • PSY 6280 - Psychological Statistics: Regression

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 6281. Review of basic statistics; various correlation coefficients; multiple and partial correlation; simple and multiple regression. Laboratory included.

  • PSY 6290 - Psychological Statistics: ANOVA

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 6291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: one-way, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.

  • PSY 6460 - Factor Analysis and Related Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major factor analysis techniques and related latent trait theory with main focus on application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each technique.

  • PSY 6550 - Structural Equation Modeling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Structural equation modeling. Review of correlation, multiple regression and path analysis. Conceptual review of measurement models. Model specification, estimation, goodness of fit, and power of structural equation models. Relevant computer programs.

  • PSY 6560 - Computer-Based Statistical Packages

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent. History, principles, and skills of data analysis, using major statistical packages.

 

  • PSY 6580 - Multivariate Data Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major multivariate data analysis techniques, with main focus on their application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each.

  • PSY 7580 - Multivariate Data Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major multivariate data analysis techniques, with main focus on their application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each.

  • PSY 6585 - Test Construction and Validation

    3 credit hours

    Surveys principles in item and test construction. Actual development of items and tests in the student's own field and validation of the items and tests through both classical test theory and item response theory.

  • PSY 7585 - Test Construction and Validation

    3 credit hours

    Surveys principles in item and test construction. Actual development of items and tests in the student's own field and validation of the items and tests through both classical test theory and item response theory.

  • PSY 6490 - Practicum: Quantitative Psychology  3 or 6 credit hours  (6 credit hours)

    PSY 6490 - Practicum: Quantitative Psychology

    3 or 6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 24 credit hours of psychology including  PSY 6210, PSY 6280, PSY 6290, PSY 6460, PSY 6550, PSY 6560, PSY 6580, PSY 6585, or consent of the instructor. Supervised experience in statistical consultation for social and behavioral sciences. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Electives (6 hours)

Students must take 6 elective credits in addition to required courses. The courses may be in psychology or related areas with the permission of the academic advisor.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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Graduate Assistantships
There is a separate application process to apply for a graduate assistantship (GA) position. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring.

Academic Common Market
Students from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia may be eligible to receive in-state tuition.

American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association provides detailed information about quantitative psychology as a profession. Click here for more information.

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