The Master of Science in Human Factors degree has two distinct tracks, allowing students to choose to study either the techniques of human factors research or a systematic approach to designing machines, tasks, systems, and workplaces. 

Master of Science in
Human Factors

Master of Science in Human Factors and Systems

The Master of Science in Human Factors degree has two distinct tracks, allowing students to choose to study either the techniques of human factors research or a systematic approach to designing machines, tasks, systems, and workplaces.

The programs are designed to prepare graduates for doctoral-level studies while at the same time making them ready for employment in real-world aviation/aerospace environments. Research, consulting, and internship arrangements are included in the program.

The Master of Science in Human Factors degree is housed in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typical First Year

Depending on track chosen, a typical first year will include core courses such as Research Design and Analysis and Human Factors in Systems, plus electives such as Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools, or Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Applications in Aviation. 

Degree Details

This program requires completion of 36 credit hours, with 15 hours in core courses for either the thesis or non-thesis track. Those in the thesis track then take 15 hours of electives and a six-credit thesis, or 21 hours of electives for the non-thesis track. 

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

Option Core Courses Electives Thesis Total
Thesis1515636
Non-Thesis1521036
Core Courses
HFS 510Research Design and Analysis I3
HFS 600Human Factors in Systems3
HFS 610Research Design and Analysis II3
HFS 615Sensation and Perception3
HFS 620Memory and Cognition3
Electives *15
BA 511
Operations Research
HFS 500
Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools
HFS 515
Ergonomics
HFS 520
Team Performance
HFS 521
Modeling Humans in Complex Systems
HFS 526
Aerospace Physiology
HFS 527
Drugs in Aviation and Society
HFS 590
Graduate Seminar
HFS 612
Human Factors Methods
HFS 625
Applied Testing and Selection
HFS 630
Applied Cognitive Science
HFS 635
Human-Computer Interaction
HFS 640
Aviation/Aerospace Psychology
HFS 650
Human Factors of Aviation/Aerospace Applications
HFS 690
Graduate Student Capstone
HFS 675
Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction
HFS 696
Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems (highly recommended)
HFS 699
Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems
MSA 611
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
MSA 612
Safety Program Management
SE 500
Software Engineering Discipline
Option I
HFS 700Thesis6
Option II
Six upper-level credits of HFS electives (500-600 level)6
Total Required36
*

Electives are selected with the consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Other elective courses may be selected with the approval of the graduate advisor. A total of four electives must be fulfilled for degree completion.

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