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Multilevel Modeling: A Second Course - Online Course

A 4-Week On-Demand Seminar Taught by

Kristopher Preacher
Course Dates:

Monday, October 14 —
Monday, November 11, 2024


Each Monday you will receive an email with instructions for the following week. All course materials are available 24 hours a day. Materials will be accessible for an additional 2 weeks after the official close on November 11.

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Hierarchically clustered (multilevel or nested) data are common in the social sciences, medical fields, and business research. Clustered data violate the assumption of independence required by ordinary statistical methods. Increasingly complex research designs and hypotheses have created a need for sophisticated methods that go beyond standard multilevel modeling (MLM).

This “second course” in MLM will introduce a variety of MLM extensions, including cutting-edge multilevel structural equation modeling (MSEM) to handle complex designs and modeling objectives. Throughout the seminar, empirical examples will be presented to illustrate key concepts. A background in structural equation modeling (SEM) is not necessary.

The course takes place online in a series of four weekly installments of videos, quizzes, readings, and exercises, and requires about 8 hours/week. You may participate at your own convenience; there are no set times when you are required to be online.

This four-week course can be accessed with any recent web browser on almost any platform, including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It consists of 11 modules:

  1. Review of multilevel modeling (MLM) and Mplus
  2. Univariate MLM and estimating, plotting, and probing interaction effects
  3. Modeling discrete dependent variables
  4. Power analysis for MLM
  5. Modeling cross-classified data
  6. Overview of single-level SEM and orientation to Mplus for SEM
  7. Multilevel structural equation modeling (MSEM) overview, equations, and path diagrams
  8. Orientation to Mplus for MSEM
  9. Multilevel path analysis, multilevel confirmatory factor analysis, and model fit in MSEM
  10. Multilevel exploratory factor analysis, general multilevel SEM with latent variables, and multilevel mediation
  11. Three-level models in MLM vs. MSEM and multilevel reliability estimation

The modules contain videos of the live, 4-day livestream version of the course in its entirety. Each module is followed by a short multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge. There are also weekly exercises that ask you to apply what you’ve learned to a real data set.

There is also an online discussion forum where you can post questions or comments about any aspect of the course. All questions will be promptly answered by Dr. Preacher.

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“Dr. Preacher did an excellent job breaking down complex subject matter..."

“Dr. Preacher did an excellent job breaking down complex subject matter into simpler forms to enhance learning. The depth of knowledge Dr. Preacher possesses is amazing! He also responded to participants’ relentless queries with proper, in-depth explanations.”

Vikas Agrawal

Jacksonville University

“Dr. Preacher was an excellent instructor in explaining difficult and complex topics..."

“Dr. Preacher was an excellent instructor in explaining difficult and complex topics for those who had some foundational knowledge in MLM. He was also incredibly responsive to participant questions and was patient, kind, and professional. I also enjoyed that there was a wealth of materials offered for additional readings and found that the exercises were well-designed and helpful in understanding the material.”

Sam Cacace

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“This is a comprehensive course with great sample syntax and output provided..."

“This is a comprehensive course with great sample syntax and output provided. The instructor is highly competent; knowledgeable, approachable, and explains things in a way that tends to the varying skill levels of attendees.”


Laura Johnson

University of Nevada, Reno

"He walks you through how to run different models..."

“The facilitator, Kristopher Preacher, explained concepts and steps in a way that made it easy for me, a beginner, to understand. He walks you through how to run different models and gives clear explanations that help you to better understand other reading materials.”

Emmanuel Gamor

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

“I liked the detailed working through of the material..."

“I liked the detailed working through of the material. I also appreciated the demonstrations of using Mplus to do unusual ‘I never would have thought of that’ things, particularly in the appendices sections.”

Eugene (Gene) Maguin

University of Buffalo