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 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.
|Quantitative Core Courses|
|HFS 510||Research Design and Analysis I||3|
|HFS 610||Research Design and Analysis II||3|
|HFS 675||Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction||3|
|HFS 705||Small N Designs and Non-Parametric Analysis||3|
|Human Factors Core Courses|
|HFS 600||Human Factors in Systems||3|
|HFS 615||Sensation and Perception||3|
|HFS 620||Memory and Cognition||3|
|HFS 500||Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools||3|
|HFS 520||Team Performance||3|
|HFS 521||Modeling Humans in Complex Systems||3|
|HFS 526||Aerospace Physiology||3|
|HFS 527||Drugs in Aviation and Society||3|
|HFS 590||Graduate Seminar||3|
|HFS 625||Applied Testing and Selection||3|
|HFS 630||Applied Cognitive Science||3|
|HFS 637||Managing Human Errors in Complex Systems||3|
|HFS 640||Aviation/Aerospace Psychology||3|
|HFS 690||Graduate Student Capstone||3|
|HFS 696||Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems||1-3|
|HFS 699||Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems||1-3|
Other graduate courses may be available, but must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.