Utrecht, Netherlands

Mplus: How to get started?

online course
when 19 April 2021 - 19 April 2021
language English
credits 0.5 EC
fee EUR 100

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.

This course is a compact 1-day virtual workshop on getting started using Mplus to analyse data. The virtual seminar will be delivered live online (not recorded).

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 familiarised 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 analysing 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.
Access to Mplus, R and/or SPSS will be provided through MyWorkplace, or the demo version of Mplus can be downloaded from https://www.statmodel.com/demo.shtml.

Course leader

Dr. Mariëlle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg

Target group

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.

Fee info

EUR 100: Course + course materials

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