Ph.D. in Human Factors

Students will:

  • Have knowledge in seven key areas: human factors, sensation/perception, memory/cognition, research methods, statistics, ergonomics, and usability.
  • Perform independent research to add to the body of knowledge in the field of human factors.
  • Disseminate their research through presentation and publication.
  • Be employed in either industry, government, or academic institutions.

Degree Requirements

The degree in Human Factors will be conferred in recognition of academic accomplishment and demonstrated ability to conduct innovative scientific research independently. A minimum of 84 credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree, or a minimum of 48 credit hours of 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 registration.

Each Ph.D. student must pass the qualifying exam within one year after he/she has completed the required Master's level course work 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 who fails to pass the qualifying exam will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of dissertation research must be completed after passing 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.

Further information about dissertation requirements can be found under Ph.D. Regulations and Procedures.

Core Requirements

Quantitative Core Courses
HFS 510Research Design and Analysis I3
HFS 511Research Design and Analysis II3
HFS 675Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction3
Human Factors Core Courses
HFS 501Human Factors in Systems3
HFS 515Ergonomics3
HFS 612Human Factors Methods3
HFS 615Sensation and Perception3
HFS 620Memory and Cognition3
HFS 635Human-Computer Interaction3
Total Credits27

Human Factors Specified and Open Electives

Human Factors Specified and Open Electives24
Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools
Human Factors in Systems
Research Design and Analysis I
Research Design and Analysis II
Team Performance
Modeling Humans in Complex Systems
Human and Social/Organizational Factors in Emerging Technologies
Aerospace Physiology
Graduate Seminar
Human Factors Methods
Human Factors in Medicine
Sensation and Perception
Human Factors of Transportation
HF in Aging: Behavioral and Biological Foundations
Memory and Cognition
Human Factors in Entertainment Systems
User Experience
Applied Testing and Selection
Human Factors Principles of Visual Communication
Applied Cognitive Science
Managing Human Errors in Complex Systems
Aviation/Aerospace Psychology
Human Factors of Aviation/Aerospace Applications
Graduate Seminar: Current Applications in Human Factors
Graduate Student Capstone
Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems
HFS 699 Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems
Small N Designs and Non-Parametric Analysis
Total Credits24


HFS 80030
HFS 715Supervised Teaching Experience3
Total Credits33
Total Degree Credits84

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