Netherlands, Utrecht

Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus

when 4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 800

The main objective of this course is to learn how to analyze several models with Mplus (e.g., path models, multiple group models, CFA, EFA, growth models, introduction to basic Bayesian models). No previous knowledge of Mplus is assumed, but prior knowledge of SEM, however not mandatory, will make this course more useful.

More and more researchers in the social and behavioural sciences are using, or want to use, Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to investigate their theories. Mplus is a popular and flexible software package for doing SEM. We offer a 5-day course on how to perform basic SEM analyses using Mplus.

The course starts with an introduction on how to use Mplus to perform regression analysis and how to ?communicate? with Mplus (e.g., how to specify a model, and how to deal with error messages). In the following days basic models relevant for social scientists will be discussed, including multiple group models, confirmatory factor analysis, and longitudinal models (latent growth curves). Also, a gentle introduction into Bayesian statistics using Mplus is provided. On the last day participants can meet with Mplus experts for individual consultation, and work on their own data. On each day, the morning session consists of lectures, and the afternoon session of a computer lab where participants practice with Mplus.

Researchers are expected to have a basic knowledge of regression analysis and exploratory factor analysis (i.e., principal component analysis). These techniques are discussed in most books on multivariate statistics (e.g., Andy Field: Discovering Statistics; Tabachnick and Fidell: Using multivariate statistics). Some knowledge of SEM and software like AMOS, LISREL, Mx or EQS is helpful, but not mandatory. If you have no experience with SEM, please read the following paper:
Hox, J. J. & Bechger, T.M. (2007). An introduction to structural equation modelling. Family Science Review, 11, 354-373. Accessibel via

No previous knowledge of Mplus is assumed. You do not need to have any knowledge on matrix algebra, calculus, likelihood theory or Bayesian statistics.

Course leader

Dr. Rens van de Schoot

Target group

Participants (Research Master Students, PhD students, or post-graduate researchers) from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, education, human development, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication sciences, will benefit from the course.

A max. of 80 number of participant will be allowed in this course.

Please note: selection for this course will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. There is always a one-day delay between the registration system and the information on the website about the availability of places.

Course aim

The main objective of the course is to acquire a basic understanding of how to use Mplus for SEM as applied in the social and behavioural sciences. Moreover, participants will learn how to analyze data sets with Mplus, to interpret the output and to report the results.

Fee info

EUR 800: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 600: Course + course materials

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