Mplus: How to get started? (April)

Course code
Course fee (no housing)
Advanced Master
Unfortunately, this course is cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations. We expect to be able to offer this course again next year.
If you expect to work with the software Mplus, this course can help you to get started!  This course is a compact 1-day workshop on using Mplus to get you started. We will focus on how to get the syntax running; how to avoid common mistakes; how to interpret the output and how to deal with error messages. In the exercises you will run multiple regression and factor analysis models, which are the basis of many structural equation models in Mplus.

The workshop starts with a short recap on structural equation modeling. Then, we will discuss how to import data into Mplus, and how to specify a model using Mplus syntax. Participants are familiarized with the important parts of the input and output files. Also, we will discuss model fit indices, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to deal with error messages.

Please note that we only discuss very simple models: a basic regression model and a confirmatory factor analysis. If you’re interested in more complex models (e.g. latent class analysis, multilevel models, latent growth models), please take a look at our Mplus summer school courses taking place in July: Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling using Mplus and  Advanced course on using Mplus

This one-day workshop is not about analyzing complex models: The main goal is to get you started with Mplus.


Good working knowledge of multivariate analysis is assumed. Some knowledge of Structural Equation Modeling is helpful, not mandatory. If you want to prepare, you could read (not obligatory):

  • Geiser, C. (2012). Data analysis with Mplus. Guilford press.
  • Byrne, B. M. (2013). Structural equation modeling with Mplus: Basic concepts, applications, and programming. Routledge.

Participants are requested to bring their own laptop for the computer practicals. Access to Mplus, R and/or SPSS will be provided through MyWorkplace.

Please note that there are no graded activities included in this course. Therefore, we are not able to provide students with a transcript of grades. You will obtain a certificate upon completion of this course.

For an overview of all our summer school courses offered by the Department of Methodology and Statistics please click here.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. Mariëlle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg


Dr. Mariëlle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg

Target audience

Research Master Students, PhD students or post-graduate researchers from a variety of fields will benefit from the course. A max. of 20 number of participant will be allowed in this course.

Course aim

The main objective of the course is to acquire a basic understanding of how to use Mplus.

Study load

One day (10.00 – 17.00). Lectures and computer lab exercises will be alternated during this informal one-day workshop.


Course fee:
Course + course materials + lunch

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


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

More information

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Application deadline: 25 March 2020

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