Graduate Certificate Programs

Psychometrics

Department of Psychological Science
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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.

 Choose two courses from the following:

  • PSYCH 5200 Theories and Practice of Psychological Measurement
  • PSYCH 5201 Psychometrics
  • PSYCH 5700 Advanced Industrial Psychology

Choose two courses* from the following:

  • STAT 5346 Regression Analysis
  • STAT 5353 Statistical Data Analysis
  • STAT 6344 Design and Analysis of Experiments

* Students should have a sufficient math background to successfully complete these courses. 

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.  Other courses approved by the program advisor may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis.

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current listing of available courses.

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PSYCH 5200 Theories and Practice of Psychological Measurement
An overview of psychological tests and batteries used in a variety of disciplines. An emphasis is placed on the proper development and use of these tests and test batteries. Tests examined will include tests of intelligence, aptitude, personality, and psychopathology. Prerequisite: Psych 4200 or graduate standing.

PSYCH 5201 Psychometrics
An examination of statistical methods used to develop and refine measures of human performance, aptitudes, and personality. Topics include reliability and validity, data reduction, measuring inter-relationships among variables (e.g., factor analysis, multiple regression), and testing group differences. Prerequisites: Psych 1101 and Psych 2200.

PSYCH 5700 Advanced Industrial Psychology
An in-depth examination of the field of Industrial psychology. An emphasis is placed on research methods and application of practices related to job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, and performance appraisal. Prerequisite: Psych 4700 or graduate standing.

STAT 5346 Regression Analysis
Simple linear regression, multiple regression, regression diagnostics, multicollinearity, measures of influence and leverage, model selection techniques, polynomial models, regression with auto correlated errors, introduction to non-linear regression. Prerequisites: Math 2222 and one of Stat 3111, 3113, 3115, 3117, or 5643. (Co-listed with Comp Sci 5204).

STAT 5353 Statistical Data Analysis
Introduction to methods for analyzing statistical data from experiments and introduction to methods for analyzing statistical data from experiments and surveys. Analysis of variance, correlation, introduction to regression techniques, contingency tables, non-parametric techniques and introduction to modern statistical software. Prerequisites: Math 2222 and one of Stat 1115, 3113, 3115 and 3117.

STAT 6344 Design and Analysis of Experiments
Experimental designs and their statistical analysis. Includes completely randomized designs, complete and incomplete blocking designs, factorial and fractional factorial experiments, multiple comparisons, response surface analysis. Prerequisites: One of Stat 5353, Eng Mgt 5715 and one of Stat 3111, 3113, 3115, 3117, 5643; or Stat 5643 and one of Stat 3111, 3113, 3115, 3117.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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The psychometrics 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 the courses outlined in the curriculum above. 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 may be admitted to Missouri S&T master's degree program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (online and on-campus) or Applied Mathematics (on-campus only).  At the discretion of other graduate programs, these courses may also be transferred as graduate credit to those programs. The normal application process must be followed. 

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Students applying for a graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015)

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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:

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Canvas

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