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The Quantitative Methods Area in the Graduate Program in Psychology offers a formal Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Methods for graduate students within the Graduate Programs in Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Science, Nursing and others. This graduate diploma was developed to promote competency in the application and communication of advanced quantitative methods to psychological and social science data, and is intended to be complementary to graduate students’ courses of study in psychology or other related graduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Graduate Programs in Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Science, Nursing or other programs, with approval from the Graduate Diploma Coordinator, may apply for entry into the Quantitative Methods graduate diploma.

Students wishing to apply for the Quantitative Methods graduate diploma must arrange for one of the faculty members in the Quantitative Methods Area to serve as their graduate diploma advisor. Both the student and the advisor come to an agreement regarding the combination of quantitative methods courses to satisfy the graduate diploma requirements, as well as identify either a topic for the review paper or a project for the research practicum at the time of application.

The admission requirement of having a graduate diploma advisor at the time of enrollment ensures that students have a concrete plan of study to complete graduate diploma requirements within a reasonable timeframe, as well as direct mentoring from faculty in the Quantitative Methods Area.

Diploma Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Methods students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. Coursework
    Students pursuing the Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Methods must complete coursework in quantitative methodology beyond the coursework requirements of their degree. Students must complete 18 credits of coursework specializing in quantitative methods at the graduate level (there are no specific courses required). The courses could include graduate quantitative methods classes offered by the Graduate Programs in Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Science, or Nursing, as well as classes offered by the Graduate Program in Mathematics & Statistics. However, other York or non-York courses might also be applied to the requirements of the diploma. All courses that the student would like to apply towards the requirements of the diploma must first be approved by the student’s graduate diploma advisor. Courses counting toward the diploma program may also count towards the student’s graduate degree requirements, but some part of the graduate diploma program course requirements must be additional to degree requirements. Additionally, every course counting toward the diploma must have a minimum grade of A-.
  2. Quantitative Methods Forum
    Students must present at least once in the Quantitative Methods Forum. The Quantitative Methods Forum is a weekly meeting of all faculty members and graduate students from the Quantitative Methods Area of the Graduate Program in Psychology, as well as faculty members and students from other areas of Psychology and related programs such as Mathematics & Statistics. Meetings are comprised of research presentations and discussion of topics concerning professional development. The presentation may either focus on a specific quantitative method, or could highlight the student’s application of an advanced quantitative method in an ongoing research project.
    Students must attend at least a minimum of 8 Quantitative Methods Forums. The 8 forums need not be in the same year, and although a
    minimum number is specified, it is recommended that students attend as many forums as possible.
  3. Research Paper or Practicum
    Students must complete an academic breadth comprehensive paper (formerly known as the minor area paper in the Graduate Program in Psychology), review paper, or research practicum with a focus on quantitative methods. The academic breadth comprehensive paper or review paper should be at least 4,000 words (excluding tables, figures and references) on a topic related to the analysis of data in the behavioural or health sciences. The review paper should be written in a format acceptable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, and to count towards the graduate diploma it must be approved by the Quantitative Methods Area. Alternatively the research practicum will be worth six credits and should be related to the analysis of data in the behavioural sciences. A letter from the practicum supervisor outlining the nature of the practicum and indicating successful completion of the practicum is required in order for the practicum to count towards the graduate diploma.
  4. Breadth of Knowledge and Competency
    Students must demonstrate breadth of knowledge and competency in several advanced quantitative methodologies by meeting coursework and Quantitative Methods forum attendance. Attendance at the Quantitative Methods forum is also expected to foster appreciation of new and novel developments in quantitative methodology. Foundational knowledge and depth of knowledge in applying at least one type of quantitative method is met by presenting at the Quantitative Methods forum, and by the academic breadth comprehensive paper, or review paper, or research practicum requirement.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Diploma Coordinator, Professor Ji Yeh Choi,