PSY9140 - Structural Equation Modelling

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Course content

Structural equation modeling (SEM) is a flexible multivariate statistical approach that has become increasingly popular in psychological research.

The course will include lectures and practical exercises in specifying, estimating and testing basic SEM models by means of Mplus (and to a lesser degree AMOS). The course introduces methodologies in analyzing latent variables.

Learning outcome


  • Path models
  • Model specification and evaluation
  • "The latent variable paradigm"
  • Measurement models and confirmatory factor analysis
  • Structural regression models
  • Longitudinal models, including growth curve modeling.
  • Multi-group analysis



Formulate a simple SEM model and implement it using structural equation software (Mplus and AMOS).

Evaluate a model, and be able to respecify it if necessary.


This is an elective course in the PhD-programme in psychology. Candidates from PhD-programmes at other institutions are welcome to apply to the course.

Deadline for application each fall is September 15th.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Enrollment in a PhD-programme.


Please consult the semester page for time schedule. Litterature:  Kline, R. B. (2011). Principles and practice of structural equation modeling (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford.


You will earn 2,5 credit points for participating in the class included required exercises (PSY9140).

You will earn additional 2,5 credit points for submitting an acceptable paper with reference to the course topics (PSY9140P). 

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.


If you need confirmation on passing this course, you must do this through studentweb and use the description on this web page for information. We do not give out course confirmations in other ways.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)