Industry has become increasingly committed to improving the quality of products and services. As a result, exciting new opportunities are available for talented individuals trained in the field of human factors.

The Master of Arts in Human Factors Program is designed to prepare students for positions in applied psychological research settings in several particular areas. All students will acquire training in experimental design and quantitative methods. Additionally, in the first year, students are exposed through research seminars to the work of the applied experimental faculty members and graduate students, and to research in nearby academic and nonacademic laboratories. Each student selects a minor area of concentration and conducts research within that area. Current minors are Engineering Psychology, Applied Cognitive Science, and Methodology.

Research experience is gained by working in laboratories on campus or in conjunction with employers in off-campus settings. The expertise of engineering psychologists lies mostly in systems engineering and design related to the human-machine interface. Applied cognitive science minors concentrate on issues in which the information processing aspects of human performance are relevant. Finally, a minor in Methodology prepares a student to design research and analyze data in a wide variety of settings.


  • 32 credit hours
  • M.A. Thesis
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Minor selection in one of the following areas: Engineering Psychology, Applied Cognitive Science, and Methodology.
  • 6 credit hours in the area of concentration.


  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Statement of purpose or “personal statement”
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation, along with Recommendation Rating Form
  • GRE General Test scores (the subject test in psychology is not required).
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