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Mplus: How to get started? (April)

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Course code
Course fee (no housing)
€ 200.00
A compact 1-day workshop on using Mplus to get you started. We will focus on how to get the syntax running (and how to avoid common mistakes), how to interpret the output and what to do with error messages. The models that we will run in Mplus are two very simple models: a basic regression model and a confirmatory factor analysis.

If you expect to work with the software Mplus, this course can help you to get started. The models that we will run in Mplus are a basic regression model and a confirmatory factor analysis. The course is not about analyzing complex models, but the main goal is to get you started.

The course starts with an introduction of structural equation modeling with a special emphasis on the specific way Mplus is used to specify and estimate models. A demonstration is given how Mplus syntax should be written and what common mistakes are. Furthermore, we will discuss in detail, the output of Mplus and what to do with it. We also discuss common encountered error messages and what to do with them. Finally, there is some time to play around with Mplus and perform your (first?) Mplus analysis.

Please be aware that we discuss only very simple models during this one-day course. 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 (S20 & S23).


Good working knowledge of multivariate analysis is assumed. Some knowledge of structural equation modeling is helpful, not mandatory. We recommend Kline (2005). Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling. New York: The Guilford Press, or the 3rd edition (2010).

For a quick introduction into structural equation modeling you can read: J.J. Hox & T.M. Bechger (1998), An introduction to structural equation modeling. Family Science Review, 11, 354-373 (available in the publications section of www.joophox.net).

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF) Apply online now!
Sanne Smid, MSc
Sanne Smid, Msc
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.
The main objective of the course is to acquire a basic understanding of how to use Mplus.
One day (10.00 – 17.00).
The workshop consists of lectures, alternated with computer lab exercises where everyone can practice working with Mplus.
Course + course materials € 200.00

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.
Irene de Bruijne – ms.graduate.program@uu.nl
Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus
Advanced course on using Mplus
Application deadline: 20 March 2018