Overview

The minor in Quantitative Psychology provides doctoral students advanced training in the application of advanced psychometric, methodological, and state-of-the-art statistical procedures.  The minor capitalizes on the expertise of Notre Dame’s outstanding quantitative faculty, and provides graduate students with a thorough basis of quantitative methods that will improve the quality of research in their substantive areas. The quantitative minor also equips students with the statistical credentials that facilitate favorable placements in academic positions upon graduation.  

Student Recruitment

Students who participate in the Quantitative Minor are typically graduate students who are currently enrolled in either the clinical, developmental, or CBB program areas of the Psychology Department.  However, the quantitative minor is not restricted to psychology doctoral students.

Program Requirements

The minor in Quantitative Psychology requires students to take 20 hours of coursework, which are two courses beyond what is required of all psychology doctoral students. In addition to coursework the Quantitative Minor requires graduate students to participate in weekly colloquia meetings of the Quantitative Studies Group for four semesters (for one-credit each semester).  It also requires students to prepare and defend a project of significant interest to the field.   

Coursework.

The minor in Quantitative Psychology requires coursework, participation in the Quantitative Studies Group, and a scholarly project.  

Coursework.  In addition to the departmental requirement to take PSY 60100 (Quantitative Methods I, 4 credits with lab) and PSY 60102 (Quantitative Methods II, 4 credits with lab), students need to take four 3-credit quantitative courses.  Students must receive no more than one B grade; all other grades must be at least B+. A description of the courses that are currently offered in the Quantitative Area is online at http://psychology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/quantitative-program/course-descriptions/. The course schedule is at http://psychology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/quantitative-program/course-schedule/ but please note that the schedule is subject to changes depending on faculty availability.

QSG Weekly Colloquia  Students must attend weekly colloquia of the Quantitative Studies Group (QSG), PSY 63199, for four semesters. PSY 63199 is listed for one-credit per semester, and is graded S/U.

The quantitative minor requires a total of 24 credit hours: 20 hours of coursework and 4 credits participating in the QSG weekly colloquia. 

Scholarly Project  Students are required to work on a project of scholarly interest to the quantitative field. The project has to focus on a quantitative topic, which excludes a mere application of advanced statistical methods to an empirical data set. An example would be to apply two different methods and compare their performance. Although this project can be related to a thesis or dissertation, it cannot be redundant. The project has to result in a manuscript. It is desirable to select a topic such that the manuscript can be submitted to an academic journal.      

          The project plan and the finished project have to be presented during QSG.  The project plan presentation can be shorter (e.g., splitting a QSG meeting with one other student). The finished project has to be a major QSG presentation. There should be at least 2 months between the project plan presentation and the final presentation. The presentations do not necessarily have to be done during the semesters of QSG attendance. 

General Remarks

Most commonly students will have achieved a Masters degree in their respective program before applying for the minor in Quantitative Psychology, although exceptions to the general rule will be considered by the director of the quantitative area.  In addition, for students who enter the program with a master degree or have taken comparable courses elsewhere, the minor requirements can be modified at the discretion of the director of the quantitative area.

Graduate students who are pursuing the doctoral degree in the Quantitative program are not eligible for the minor.

The minor will be granted retroactively to eligible psychology doctoral students who have met its requirements.   A doctoral minor in quantitative psychology is a valuable credential, and we anticipate that students who have met its requirements will want this noted on their transcript.

We do not anticipate that the minor will extend time-to-degree for psychology doctoral students.  Pursuing the quantitative minor is, for the most part, a seamless weave with the psychology student’s graduate training in his or her “major.” All doctoral students are required currently to take four quantitative courses.  Pursuing the minor requires only an additional two courses.  Attendance at the weekly QSG meetings and work on the project is contemporaneous with other graduate work. 

Governance

The Minor in Quantitative Psychology is administered by the program faculty of the quantitative area under the leadership of the area director.  The area director has discretion to approve course substitutions or other minor requirements (as appropriate).

Students declare their intention to pursue the Quantitative Minor by informing the area director in writing; and by selecting a faculty mentor from among the quantitative faculty. The list of faculty is on the website of the Psychology Department.  Students’ progress through the minor program is monitored by the mentor-advisor.

When all requirements are completed, students will submit a letter to the area director outlining which courses were taken and when, the course grades, a copy of the paper, and the date of the major and minor QSG presentation.  A letter verifying the completion of the Quantitative minor will be sent to the student, with copies to the mentor-advisor, the Department and Graduate School.

Teaching Responsibilities; Relevant courses

Students do not normally have teaching responsibilities for these graduate courses, although it is conceivable that some students will be asked to serve as a teaching assistant for introductory statistics courses in the graduate quantitative curriculum.  All graduate students in the department are required to satisfy a teaching service requirement.