Quantitative Research Methods Certificate

Executive Committee:

  • James A. Dixon
  • James A. Green
  • Vicki J. Magley
  • Stephanie Milan, Program Director

Program Faculty:

  • James A. Dixon  (PAC, Psychology)
  • Noel Card (Human Development and Family Studies)
  • James A. Green   (Developmental, Psychology)
  • Blair T. Johnson   (Social, Psychology)
  • Vicki J. Magley   (I/O, Psychology)
  • Betsy McCoach (Educational Psychology)
  • Tania Huedo Medina (Allied Health)
  • Stephanie Milan  (Clinical, Psychology)
  • Felicia Pratto   (Social, Psychology)
  • Adam Sheya (Developmental, Psychology)
  • David Weakliem  (Sociology)

 

Program Description

The program in Quantitative Research Methods is a graduate certificate program administered by faculty in the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Educational Psychology but drawing students from many other departments and schools.  The general structure and policies of this program follow the guidelines for graduate certificate programs specified in the University of Connecticut Graduate Catalogue. Enrollment in the program is open to University of Connecticut graduate students in any of the six graduate division programs in Psychology, and to UConn graduate students from other Departments outside Psychology. The program’s mission is to provide students with a thorough background in quantitative research methods in the psychological sciences that extends the basic research methods training required by their respective graduate programs. Participants who are officially admitted to the program, successfully complete the program requirements, and submit a completed and approved Plan of Study to the Graduate School will receive a certificate in Quantitative Research Methods from the Graduate School of the University of Connecticut.

 

Program Requirements

The program requirements are as follows:

  1. Prerequisite courses. Prerequisites for participation in the program are STAT 3115Q and STAT 5105, or equivalent courses. Students who wish to substitute equivalent coursework for STAT 3115Q and/or 5105 need to submit a petition to the Director of the QRM program (see above). The petition should include a syllabus of the equivalent course and other documentation if available (e.g., exam examples), to support the petition and facilitate the decision making by the Committee.
  2. Enrollment.  Students MUST be officially admitted to the QRM program by completing an application through the Graduate School online application system (available here).  In order to apply you must currently be enrolled in any UConn graduate program.The application process is managed by the Graduate School, not the Psychology Department, and is similar to the master’s/PhD program application process; however, the fee can be waived (by submitting an email to gradadmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number) and there is no need for new reference letters or scores to be submitted. The application may not let you submit until you have attached a personal statement, there is no need for a new one, however in place of it please attach a document that states, “see personal essay from application to UConn (name of department) in (year applied). Unofficial copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the online system. Applicants will be notified of the decision via the online application system. (An email will be sent through the online system requesting that the applicant log in to the system to view the decision). If admitted, students MUST reply to the admission offer through the online system in order to be officially matriculated in the program.
  3. Credits. Participants in the program complete 12 credits of graduate coursework in quantitative methods.  Nine credits are selected from a list of program courses (Table 1) and 3 credits are obtained by completing PSYC 6136 (see below). Students who wish to petition for a course that is not listed may do so by submitting a petition with sufficient documentation of the content of the course to the QRM Director (syllabus, exam examples).  Such courses cannot be from other institutions, and there will be no substitutions for PSYC 6136.
  4. PSYC 6136 & Research paper. Participants in the program must complete one semester of PSYC 6136 (“Quantitative Research Methods Seminar”).   This required course will be offered every other year. The QRM Director will inform all matriculated QRM students about which semester the course will be offered a year in advance.  Members of the program Executive Committee will teach this course on a rotating basis. This is a practicum seminar in which students will work on specific problems of data analysis, simulation, or statistical theory or methods. In this seminar, students will also work on the research paper required by this certificate program; students will present their quantitative project to the group, and students and faculty will bring in relevant literature, examples, or other expertise relevant to the projects. Projects can consist of creative or innovative secondary statistical analyses of existing data, simulations, or pure statistical papers.  The project should involve more than the application of a statistical technique that has been learned in the student’s coursework.  Rather, the project should involve a novel technique or application of existing method in novel ways.  Any topic with a significant quantitative or research methods component that is in principle suitable for a statistical or quantitative journal is acceptable as a class project. (There is no room for original data collection in this class.) The end product of the seminar will be a paper reporting the project and formatted in APA, or other professional, style.  (The manuscript should be in a form that is, in principle, ready for submission to a quantitative journal.)  The manuscript will be approved by the class instructor.  Two additional readers are selected for final approval of the paper as fulfilling the requirements of the certificate; these readers may be other QRM Program faculty (see listing above) or other members of the graduate faculty with expertise in the topic.  The signatures of the PSYC 6136 instructor and two readers on the Research Paper Approval form are required to officially document successful completion of the Research Paper. The Research Paper Approval form can be found here.
  5. Plan of study. Students interested in the program should design an individualized plan of study, in consultation with their major advisor, which serves their research needs, interests, and career goals. Students may also wish to consult with one or more members of the Executive Committee of the program (listed on the Psychology Department’s web site) about the courses they plan to take and their expected date of completion of PSYC 6136.  The QRM Plan of Study form can be downloaded here.
  6. Completion of program.  A final Plan of Study form that lists completed courses and is signed by the Program Director, along with a fully signed Research Paper Approval form, MUST be submitted to the administrative coordinator of the QRM Program (psychgrad@uconn.edu) prior to graduation.  Graduate certificate students must also apply for graduation online through their Student Administration System account. The coordinator will forward the Plan of Study to the Graduate School and once the paperwork is processed, the graduate school will issue the certificate.  Please bear in mind that students cannot apply for certificate completion after graduating from their master’s or PhD program unless they want to continue paying student fees.  Thus, it is important to complete the paperwork in the semester you are graduating.
  7. Questions? Students interested in the QRM Certificate Program should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator (psychgrad@uconn.edu), to ensure that appropriate forms and records are initiated early in the graduate career.

 

Table 1 Qualifying Courses (Repeating seminar course numbers are used in some divisions, so some courses may have the same number but have a different title.  If in doubt about a class you can contact the QRM program director to be sure.)

Course number Course title Instructor
AH 6005 Multilevel Mediation-Moderation Modeling for Health Sciences Huedo Medina
PSYC 5332 Research Design and Test Construction Milan
PSYC 5470 Longitudinal Data Analysis Dixon
PSYC 5701 Experimental Social Psychology Pratto
PSYC 5702 Field Research Methods Pratto/Blanton
PSYC 5670 Current Topics in I/O Psych (Measurement Theory & Practice) Daval
PSYC 5554 Advanced Nonlinear Dynamics TBA
PSYC 5670 Current Topics in I/O Psych (Multivariate Approaches to Survey Data) Magley
PSYC 6130 Measurement and Scaling Green
PSYC 5131 Meta-analysis: Theory and Practice Johnson
EPSY 6611 Hierarchical Linear Modeling McCoach
EPSY 6615 Structural Equation Modeling McCoach
EPSY 6651 Introduction to Methods for Causal Inference Using Educational Data McCoach
EPSY 6637 Item Response Theory TBA
HDFS 5002 Special Topics (Longitudinal Methods, Meta Analysis, some others by Program Director-Stephanie Milan Approval) Card
MGMT 6206 Applied Research in Management (Seminar in Multilevel Theories, Methods, & Analyses in Mgmt) Mathieu
PUBH 5434 Topics in Intermediate Biostatistics Varies
PUBH 5435 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology Varies
SOCI 5203 Quantitative Research I Weakliem
STAT 3375Q Introduction to Mathematical Statistics TBA
STAT 5825 Applied Time Series TBA

Note. Please also check graduate catalog, department websites, and instructors for course availability. Not all courses are available in each academic year.  Additional courses are acceptable with prior approval.  The QRM Director will send out periodic emails about new classes to all matriculated QRM students.