Master of Science in Human Factors and Systems
Study Human Factors While Helping with Research Aimed at Improving Safety Across Many Industries
As machines and systems become more automated, our role as users is becoming more passive. This can be a problem, because we humans need to be active and involved.
The Department of Human Factors and Systems offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems with distinct tracks in human factors and systems. These programs are designed to meet the highest academic rigors (fully prepared for doctoral-level studies), while at the same time preparing students for immediate employment in real world, cost-sensitive and operationally-driven aviation/aerospace environments.
Human Factors Track
This is a research-based program offering a variety of research, consulting and internship opportunities which will prepare you to work as a human factors professional. You will learn the techniques of human factors research- including statistical and quantitative procedures- experimental design, survey methods, computer techniques and other methodologies.
The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of the American Psychological Association.
This program will teach you how to take a systematic approach to integrating and applying scientific principles and knowledge to product design. You'll also learn to transform an operational need into a defined system function through the process of functional analysis, synthesis, optimization and design integration.
A major focus of the Systems track is on the total "life cycle" of the system. The program teaches how issues of reliability, maintainability, logistic support, safety, producibility and economics apply to the design, integration and evaluation of systems.
You will graduate knowing the proper balance between operational, behavioral, economic and logistics factors.
In the masters degree program in Human Factors and Systems, you'll learn to incorporate human capabilities and limitations into the design of systems ranging from simple tools and devices to complex workplaces.
Many of our graduate students work within the department as Graduate Teaching or Research Assistants. Students typically work 20 to 25 hours each week. These positions provide both financial support and an opportunity for students to become actively involved in research programs which may lead to thesis projects. Students are also given the opportunity to prepare and deliver lectures in undergraduate courses.