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Advanced course on using Mplus

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 750
Master level

If you already know how to analyze your data in Mplus, but want to learn more about what you are actually doing, or if you want to know more about advanced longitudinal analyses, this course is for you. The course consists of in-depth lectures on the fundamentals of Mplus and advanced longitudinal models. Unique of this year’s course is the one-day workshop with guest lecturers Bengt Muthén and Tihomir Asparouhov (from Mplus), and the Mplus users meeting as the closing day of the course.

If you are already familiar with Mplus, you can gain more insight in what you are actually doing or in advanced longitudinal analyses with this course. This is a five-day advanced course on structural equation modeling (SEM) using Mplus for researchers in the social and behavioural sciences who are already experienced Mplus users.

Days 1-3 consists of in-depth lectures on topics such as: the formulas behind SEM; calculating the number of parameters and degrees of freedom by hand as a way of model checking; how to interpret the TECH1 output; when to worry about the default settings in Mplus; the parameterization of the model; and model fit. In addition, diverse longitudinal models are discussed, including recent development with respect to cross-lagged panel models, McArdle’s latent difference/change score models, state-trait models). Participants obtain hands-on experience with these topics and models during computer labs.

Day 4 consists of a one day workshop taught by Bengt Muthén, Tihomir Asparouhov and Ellen Hamaker on Dynamic Structural Equation Modeling (DSEM), a new feature of Mplus version 8 which is developed to model intensive longitudinal data (e.g., daily diary data or experience sampling data). Click here for more info

Day 5 consists of an Mplus users meeting, where diverse researchers will present their research for which they have used Mplus. Click here for more info

For this course we assume participants have Mplus experience and basic SEM knowledge; for example, the material of the following book must be known/understood: Muthén, Muthén & Asparouhov (2016). Regression And Mediation Analysis Using Mplus. Los Angeles: Muthén & Muthén. This book is not included in the course material. Notably, you do not need to know matrix algebra, calculus, or likelihood theory. A good preparation is our summer school course ‘Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus’ (S20) (3-7 July), or any other one week introduction course about Mplus and/or SEM.

After registration for the 5-day course, we will ask you to briefly describe your SEM and Mplus experience as well as your expectations from this course, in order to see whether this is the right course for you.

Note: Instead of signing up for all 5 days, it is also possible to register for day 5 only (i.e., the Mplus users meeting), or for days 4 & 5 (i.e., combination of DSEM workshop and Mplus users meeting).

Tags: mplus, structural equation modelling (sem), latent growth model (lgm), random intercept cross-lagged panel model (ri-clpm), dynamic structural equation modeling (dsem)

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Dr. Rebecca Kuiper and Dr. Rens van de Schoot


Dr. Ellen Hamaker, Prof. Bengt Muthén, Dr. Tihomir Asparouhov, Mariëlle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg MSc., Dr. Rens van de Schoot


(Master) Students or (post-graduate) researchers who already use Mplus and followed a multiple-day introduction into Mplus, for example the course ‘Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling using Mplus’. Participants from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, education, human development, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication sciences, may benefit from the course.

To see whether this is the right course for you, we will ask you after registration to briefly describe:
1) your expectations from this course and, more importantly, 2) your SEM and Mplus experience.

A maximum of 80 participants will be allowed in this course.

Please note: there is always a one-day delay between the registration system and the information on the website about the availability of places.


The main objective of the course is to acquire an expert understanding of how structural equation models as applied in the social and behavioural sciences are analyzed using the Mplus.


Days 1-3: morning session consists of lectures, and the afternoon session of a computer lab where everyone can practice working with Mplus.
Day 4: a one day workshop taught by Bengt Muthén, Tihomir Asparouhov and Ellen Hamaker.
Day 5: a one day Mplus users meeting.


• € 750 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 550 - Course + course materials
• € 150 - Course Day 4 – 5 + course materials
• € 50 - Course day 5 + course materials

These four tuition fees correspond to the following course days:
Fee 1: (€ 750) - Course Day 1 – 5 + course materials + housing
Fee 2: (€ 550) - Course Day 1 – 5 + course materials
Fee 3: (€ 150) - Course Day 4 – 5 + course materials
Fee 4: (€ 50) - Course Day 5 + course materials

Tuition fees for PhD candidates from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences will be funded by the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

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The course Advanced course on using Mplus can be combined with the following courses.


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.


Marianne Geelhoed - ms.graduate.program@uu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 26 June 2017

Course fully booked