SEM with Mplus: SEM Foundations


14/02/2024 - 06/03/2024

Organised by:



Dr Gabriela Roman


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Dr Gabriela Roman

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Venue: Online


Registrations are taken at:


Course framework and background:

This online course covers the foundations of structural equation modelling using the software Mplus, with topics including:

  • The SEM process
  • The Mplus files: data, input and output
  • Using the Mplus diagrammer
  • Model revision
  • Model estimation for different types of outcomes (continuous, skewed, nominal, ordered categorical)
  • Introduction to latent variables
  • Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis
  • Higher-order confirmatory factor analysis
  • Saving factor scores


Course format:

Each course has 3 units, released at a rate of one per week, every Wedensday, at 12 noon London time. 

The course contains 3 elements:

  1.  Video-based lessons: These are pre-recorded and made available to you 24/7, so you can fit them around your schedule. To aid active learning, placeholders appear throughout the videos to invite you to “have a think” before the answer is given. 
  2. Mplus files: A dropbox folder contains all the Mplus files used in the course, plus a few other external resources. The best use of the files is to annotate them as you go along. 
  3. Discussion forum: The website  includes a "Discussion forum". You are welcome to post questions there about anything that might be unclear in the course.


Expected knowledge and skills:


This course is a data analysis course, not a statistics course. This means we will learn when to use different statistical techniques based on our research questions, what these techniques do (in an intuitive non-mathematical way), how to apply them using Mplus and how to interpret the results. 

As this course is non-mathematical, it is aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need to have any prior knowledge of either SEM or Mplus.


Teacher and course origins:

I am an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, with a PhD in Developmental Psychology. Click here to see my university profile.  

This online course emulates my in-person ‘SEM with Mplus’ courses (, which have been running since 2013 in Cambridge. The courses were first delivered under the umbrella of the University of Cambridge and then as a private venture, hosted by Selwyn College, Cambridge. 

All the online courses are also endorsed and published on the official Mplus software website.  



Website and registration:


East of England


Regression Methods, Linear regression, Logistic regression, Probit regression, Ordinal regression, Latent Variable Models, Factor analysis, Confirmatory factor analysis, Structural equation models, Mplus

Related publications and presentations:

Regression Methods
Linear regression
Logistic regression
Probit regression
Ordinal regression
Latent Variable Models
Factor analysis
Confirmatory factor analysis
Structural equation models

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