We frequently get asked questions about Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Human Factors program. Some of these are so frequently asked that we thought it would save your time and maybe pique your interest in our program if we commented on them here.
No, it is a combination of two existing programs offered by the Department of Human Factors & Systems. The five-year MS in Human Factors (MSHF) degree program combines the BS in Human Factors Psychology (BSHFP) with the MS in Human Factors & Systems (MSHFS).
It allows students who demonstrate and maintain excellence in their academic performance to receive a Master's in Human Factors and Systems degree in five years. This is compared to a more traditional path of first completing the bachelor's degree in Human Factors Psychology (HFP), a four-year program, and then completing the master's program, a four-semester program. In addition, the MSHFS program will benefit from having qualified, highly motivated students.
HFS 500 Systems Concepts will be taken during the student's last semester as an undergraduate as an Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology elective. HFS 600 Human Factors in Systems (an introductory class) will be eliminated because the class assumes students enter with little or no human factors education at the undergraduate level. The five-year students will have completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology with exceptional grades and thus can be assumed to already have that background.
There are no special admission requirements for the five-year program. The standard undergraduate admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology students will be applied, so any undergraduate Human Factors Psychology major is allowed to select this degree program as long as they meet the degree requirements. However, the five-year degree program requires certain eligibility (see below).
The cumulative GPA of the first six semesters should be 3.2 or better. This requirement must be satisfied for the student to be considered part of this degree program.
The interested students are responsible for initiating the process of evaluating their eligibility to be considered part of the five-year program. Students who meet the eligibility requirement (a CGPA of 3.2 or better) will be formally notified that they are considered part of the program.
The student will receive a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology.
The student will be considered pursuing the standard Human Factors Psychology undergraduate degree program.