Advanced Structural Equation Modeling

Advanced Structural Equation Modeling

taught by Randall Schumacker

Aim of Course:

This online course provides an overview of SEM software and matrix notation.  Overall, only a few model commands are necessary to conduct matrix operations and obtain parameter estimates for models using the SEM software.  However, an understanding of matrix operations and properties can be very helpful when conducting structural equation modelling.  This online course covers many popular Advanced SEM models with practical exercises. After completing Advanced Structural Equation Modeling, students will be able to specify, execute and interpret output for the SEM models listed below.

This course may be taken individually (one-off) or as part of a certificate program.
Course Program:

Overview – Software and Matrices

•    Exploratory Factor Analysis
•    Confirmatory Factor Analysis

•    Measurement Invariance
•    Second Order CFA

•    Dynamic Factor Models
•    Latent Growth Curve Models

•    Multiple Indicators Multiple Cause Models
•    Mixed Variable Models

•    Power and Sample Size

Homework in this course consists of exercises with guided data analysis problems using course included software.  In addition to assigned readings, this course also has supplemental PDF reading material, and exams to assess knowledge and comprehension.

Advanced Structural Equation Modeling

Who Should Take This Course:
Market researchers, educational researchers, sociologists and psychologists, political scientists, economists, and survy researchers.
Organization of the Course:
Options for Credit and Recognition:
Course Text:

The advanced SEM models are presented in the text A Beginner's Guide to Structural Equation Modeling, 4th edition, published December 2015, by Randall E. Schumacker and Richard Lomax, and also in New Developments and Techniques in Structural Equation Modeling, ed. by Randall E. Schumacker and George Marcoulides. Both will cover the course topics, but the latter will serve as a more in-depth reference. The CD that comes with the Beginner's Guide book contains LISREL, which the course emphasizes, as well as AMOS and EQS student versions of SEM software, while the New Developments... book does not provide these software programs. Either book can be used for the course, but please keep your software requirements in mind when ordering.

We recommend

1) If you have access to software, are comfortable with your knowledge of basic SEM and need a reference for future exploration, choose the "New Developments..." book.

2) If you need software, are only recently learning SEM and are more concerned with consolidating your knowledge, choose the "Beginner's Guide."


The course will provide illustrations in LISREL and Mplus.  LISREL is Windows-based, and Mplus runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.  You can download a free student version of LISREL from the textbook website.  Mplus offers a demo version that can do problems of limited scope; to do all the problems in the course you will need a student license, which is available to students enrolled in degree-granting programs.  Course staff can offer help with LISREL, and with demo-level Mplus issues, for examples that are covered in the course.



January 24, 2020 to February 21, 2020

Advanced Structural Equation Modeling


January 24, 2020 to February 21, 2020

Course Fee: $589

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