Ph.D. in
Human Factors

Students work on developing procedures to improve pilot perfomance using a Helicopter simulator with haptic response belts.

The objective of this Ph.D. program is to provide highly-qualified students an opportunity to complete a rigorous program in Human Factors, equipping students with advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques in research that are relevant to Human Factors. The emphasis in the curriculum is highly quantitative in nature, providing these students with a robust skill set for research development and data analysis. 

The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor's or master’s degree in Human Factors, Psychology, or other closely-related fields. These students will have an exemplary academic record, will have demonstrated independent research skills, and wish to pursue research positions in academics, government, or industry when they graduate. 

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

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

The degree program in Human Factors will be conferred in recognition of academic accomplishment and demonstrated ability to conduct innovative scientific research independently in the specified Ph.D. level. A minimum of 84 credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree or 48 credit hours coursework beyond a Master’s degree is required for the Ph.D. in Human Factors. All courses must be graduate level and must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to registering for the course. A Ph.D. student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for each semester enrolled in the program and a 3.0 CGPA throughout the Ph.D. studies.

Each Ph.D. student must pass the qualifying exam within one year after he/she has completed the required master's level coursework or three years after entry in order to achieve Ph.D. candidacy. The Graduate Program Committee will invite eligible students to sit for the qualifying exam. Only students who are in good standing, and who have been identified through their individual work with a faculty member as qualified to enter into Ph.D. candidacy, will be allowed to take the qualifying examination. A student must pass the qualifying exam in not more than two attempts and must do so prior to presenting the dissertation proposal. A student who fails to pass the qualifying exam will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program at the end of the semester.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of dissertation research must be completed. Ph.D. students may register for no more than 9 credit hours of dissertation research each semester after they pass the qualifying exam. A dissertation proposal must be developed and the student must defend his/her dissertation proposal within one year after completing the qualifying examination. Prior to the defense of the dissertation proposal, a dissertation committee will be formed, as required by the University. The Award of the Ph.D. is based on the submission of a satisfactory dissertation approved by the dissertation committee.

Specific information about the program, including admission and course requirements, can be found in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Ph.D. Programs Catalog.

Core Requirements

Quantitative Core Courses
HFS 510Research Design and Analysis I3
HFS 610Research Design and Analysis II3
HFS 675Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction3
HFS 705Small N Designs and Non-Parametric Analysis3
Human Factors Core Courses
HFS 515Ergonomics3
HFS 600Human Factors in Systems3
HFS 615Sensation and Perception3
HFS 620Memory and Cognition3
Credits Total24

Human Factors Specified and Open Electives

HFS 500Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools3
HFS 520Team Performance3
HFS 521Modeling Humans in Complex Systems3
HFS 526Aerospace Physiology3
HFS 527Drugs in Aviation and Society3
HFS 590Graduate Seminar3
HFS 625Applied Testing and Selection3
HFS 630Applied Cognitive Science3
HFS 637Managing Human Errors in Complex Systems3
HFS 640Aviation/Aerospace Psychology3
HFS 690Graduate Student Capstone3
HFS 696Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems1-3
HFS 699Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems1-3
HFS 700Thesis1-6
Credits Total36-45

Other graduate courses may be available, but must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

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