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Ph.D. in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology


Degree Requirements

The Psychometrics and Quantatitive Psychology Program

Goals and General Characteristic

The psychometrics and quantitative psychology program at Fordham University focuses on the quantitative, research-oriented commonalities relevant to most of the behavioral sciences and their applications in industry, education, and the health sciences. Students in the psychometrics and quantitative psychology program gain familiarity with a repertoire of statistical, psychological testing, and other research techniques, as well as skills in computer utilization.

Upon graduation, psychometrics students should be able to function in such job activities as test construction and use, applied and basic research of various types, as well as a range of program evaluation functions. Sophistication in measurement and evaluation can provide employment opportunities consonant with the current social emphasis on increasing standards of performance, equality of opportunity and accountability in the delivery of human services such as mental health services, education, and selection and training programs in industry.

Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology students are expected to demonstrate substantial grounding in general psychology, as well as their concentration in psychometrics. They regularly interact with faculty and students in the other psychology doctoral programs. Both graduates and their employers report that Fordham students’ grounding in general psychology, in addition to psychometric expertise, clearly distinguishes them from their peers.

Program Requirements

In addition to the departmental MA core curriculum and other departmental requirements, psychometrics students must also complete the psychometrics core curriculum outlined below. Students must take a minimum of 81 credits if entering with a bachelor's degree or 51 if entering with an approved master's degree.

Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology Program Requirements and Check List:

A.  Statistics/Research Core (24 credits)

Analysis of Variance
Regression Analysis with Lab 
Multivariate Analysis with Lab
Models of Decision and Choice
Structural Equation Modeling 
Item Response Theory
Bayesian Statistics with Lab
Correspondence Analysis (or Multidimensional Scaling)
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits 
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
B.  Supplemental Courses (at least 21 credits)
Cognitive Assessment with Lab
Personality Assessment I with Lab 
Psychometric Theory
Developmental Research Design
Multidimensional Scaling
Factor Analysis
Cluster Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics 
Time Series Analysis 
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Meta Analysis
Categorical Data Analysis with Lab
Hierarchical Linear Model
Test Equating
General Linear Models
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits

Students may take as electives all courses offered by the clinical program except PSYC6245, PSYC6270, PSYC6298, PSYC6380, PSYC7250, PSYC8271 and all ADP courses except: PSYC6350, PSYC8044, PSYC8350, PSYC8351.
Additional Requirements:
As is the case for all psychology graduate students, psychometrics students must maintain a minimum B+ GPA to remain in the program, must pass an MA comprehensive examination, must complete a pre-doctoral research project, must pass a Ph.D. comprehensive examination, must defend their dissertation proposal, must defend their dissertation progress report, and must defend their completed dissertation.
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