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Department of Psychology

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Quantitative Psychology

Students in our program research the methodology, measurement and statistics used to study human behavior. Our concentration prepares students to thrive in an increasingly data-driven world and sets them up to contribute to a wide range of important research endeavors.

Our Focus

The quantitative psychology concentration has a dual focus that trains students to develop and evaluate novel methodology, as well as to innovatively apply methods to solve important psychological research problems that impact society.

Develop new methods

Our students evaluate novel techniques and methods to solve important psychological research problems that impact our community and society at large.  

We equip our student scientists to conduct their own primary quantitative research and to collaborate effectively with substantive scientists. Graduates from our program are prepared to serve in research roles at major universities, medical centers, private firms or government agencies, among many others. 

Earn a certificate of concentration

Applied students from any of the three Ph.D. concentrations in the Department of Psychology can receive additional training in quantitative methods and earn a certificate of concentration in Quantitative Methods for Psychology.  

Concentration requirements: 

a.      Students must be accepted to a University of South Carolina Psychology Department Doctoral Program (no separate application is needed for the quantitative concentration). 

b.      Students must make a B or better in four, 3-credit hour advanced quantitative courses that are 700-level or higher and have 710 as a pre-requisite. Note that assessment and methods classes do not count toward this requirement. 

c.       Two of the four courses are required to be taught in the department. 

d.      Up to two of the four courses can be taught in another department, contingent upon approval from the Quantitative Psychology program director. 

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