M.S. in Human Factors


The Department of Human Factors offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science degree in Human Factors. This program is designed to meet the highest academic standards, fully preparing students for doctoral-level studies while at the same time preparing students for immediate employment in the real world of cost-sensitive and operationally driven aviation/aerospace and technical environments.

The masters program will produce a graduate with the capacity to design, conduct, and apply human factors methods research in support of simple and complex systems. Graduates will work as a human factors professionals in government, academic and private organizations. A variety of research, consulting, and internship opportunities are available throughout the program.

Students receive education in the principles of human factors and experimental psychology, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, and survey methods.

A combined Human Factors program is available. Please see the undergraduate Human Factors program for details.

Degree Requirements

Option Core Courses Electives Thesis Total
Thesis 24 6 6 36
Non-Thesis 24 12 0 36
Core Courses
HFS 510Research Design and Analysis I3
HFS 515Ergonomics3
HFS 600Human Factors in Systems3
HFS 610Research Design and Analysis II3
HFS 615Sensation and Perception3
HFS 620Memory and Cognition3
HFS 675Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction3
HFS 705Small N Designs and Non-Parametric Analysis3
Electives *6-12
Operations Research
Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Applications in Aviation
Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools
Team Performance
Modeling Humans in Complex Systems
Aerospace Physiology
Drugs in Aviation and Society
Graduate Seminar
Human Factors Methods
Applied Testing and Selection
Applied Cognitive Science
Human-Computer Interaction
Aviation/Aerospace Psychology
Human Factors of Aviation/Aerospace Applications
Graduate Student Capstone
Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems (highly recommended)
Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
Safety Program Management
Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry
Software Engineering Discipline
Formal Methods for Software Engineering
Specification and Design of Real-Time Systems
Option I
HFS 700Thesis6
Option II
Six upper-level credits of HFS electives (500-600 level)6
Total Required36

Other elective courses may be available with approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. A total of four electives must be fulfilled for degree completion.