M.S. in Human Factors

The Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHF)The Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHF)  is an online program tailored to working professionals who want to better understand the interrelationship between human performance and technology. The degree is focused on application, development, and leadership in a wide variety of industries concerned with human performance, system design and safety.

Students have the opportunity to pursue either an Aerospace or Systems Engineering track to tailor the learning experience to your specific needs. Along either track, you can expect to study: the way humans perceive and think about the world around them; human performance limitations and errors; virtual, robotic, and simulation environments and the human experience; and the impact of ergonomics, biomechanics, and anthropometrics on human effectiveness.

You will also delve into current and past events in which human error led to operational failures, and conduct a Capstone Research Project (or Thesis Research Project) as a core element of the curriculum in both the Aerospace and Systems Engineering tracks. Our goal is for you to emerge from the MS in Human Factors program with the ability as an industry leader with the knowledge to identify trends, analyze requirements, develop strategies, recommend solutions, and recognize opportunities for innovation in this field.

Some students will be offered the opportunity to complete a thesis in place of a capstone. This option will allow the student to complete original human factors research near the end of the MSHF degree program. It will also allow the student to complete the MSHF degree with 30 credits rather than 36 credits. The thesis option is offered to the student by the MSHF Program Chair based upon an evaluation of the student’s early program performance in the criteria of analysis, evaluation, synthesis, critical thought, and writing skills. If the thesis option is offered the student must then qualify by taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and earn scores in the top 50th percentile in the three areas of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytic Writing. Optionally, students may present these same results for a GRE taken within the preceding five years.

The MSHF degree program does not include any elective courses and it follows a carefully prescribed prerequisite course progression.  The Human Performance Core courses must be successfully completed before a student may progress to the Track Specialization courses.  Similarly, both the Human Performance Core courses and the Track Specialization courses must be successfully completed before progressing to the Capstone or Thesis courses.  Please see the individual course descriptions in this catalog for the specific prerequisites.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Major/Core

Capstone Option

Human Performance Core:

MSHF 606Human Cognition3
MSHF 612Human Performance, Limitation, and Error3
MSHF 618Virtual Environments, Simulation and Robotics3
MSHF 624Ergonomics and Biomechanics3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
Total Credits18

Human Factors Specializations (select one):

Aerospace:
ASCI 634Aviation/Aerospace Psychology3
MSHF 640Human Physiology and Adaptation in Aerospace Environments3
MSHF 646Industrial Applications in Aerospace3
MSHF 652Crew Platform Automation, Design, and Integration3
SYSE 653Cognitive Systems Engineering3
- OR-
Systems Engineering:
SYSE 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYSE 641Systems Psychology3
SYSE 647Human Factors in Complex Systems3
SYSE 653Cognitive Systems Engineering3
MSHF 646Industrial Applications in Aerospace3
Total Credits15

Research Completion:

MSHF 691MSHF Graduate Capstone Course3
Total Credits3
Total Degree Requirements36

Thesis Option

Human Performance Core:

MSHF 606Human Cognition3
MSHF 612Human Performance, Limitation, and Error3
MSHF 624Ergonomics and Biomechanics3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
Total Credits15

Human Factors Specializations (select one):

Aerospace
ASCI 634Aviation/Aerospace Psychology3
MSHF 646Industrial Applications in Aerospace3
MSHF 652Crew Platform Automation, Design, and Integration3
- OR-
Systems Engineering
SYSE 641Systems Psychology3
SYSE 647Human Factors in Complex Systems3
SYSE 653Cognitive Systems Engineering3
Total Credits9

Research Completion:

MSHF 700AMSHF Thesis I3
MSHF 700BMSHF Thesis II3
Total Credits6
Total Degree Requirements30
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The thesis topic will be required to be focused in the student’s specialization track (Aerospace or Systems Engineering) and with a thesis committee chair from the same specialization.

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Students desiring to can follow a dual track option and specialize in both Aerospace and Systems Engineering by successfully completing the courses required for both specializations (though only one thesis will be required).