M.S. in Human Factors
~Program updated effective January, 1, 2021
The Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHF) is an online program tailored to working professionals who want to better understand the interrelationship between humans and technology, environment, and other system components, as relates to human performance, limitations, and error in simple and complex systems. This multidisciplinary degree explores how humans interact with technology, designs, social systems, operational interfaces, and environmental factors in contexts that include healthcare, aerospace, transportation, military, security, virtual and augmented reality, simulation, computing, and other complex sociotechnical systems concerned with human performance, system design, and safety.
Students have the opportunity to pursue either a Specialist or Research Cognate, to tailor the learning experience to their specific needs, professional goals, and industry demands. Along either track, students can expect to study human physiology, cognition, psychology; human performance capabilities, limitations and errors; virtual, robotic, and simulation environments and the human experience; and the impact of ergonomics, biomechanics, and anthropometrics on human effectiveness and interactions within complex sociotechnical systems.
Students will also learn and apply the critical thought and synthesis skills required to analyze current trends and past events and designs, in which human error led to operational failures, as core elements of the curriculum in either track. Our goal is for graduates to emerge from the MS in Human Factors program with the knowledge and ability to identify trends, analyze system requirements, develop strategies, recommend solutions, and recognize opportunities for innovation in this field.
Students may opt for the opportunity to complete the Specialist Cognate, which does not incorporate the research focus (30 credits), or to pursue the Research Cognate (33 credits), which incorporates Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and the culminating Thesis I and II. This option will allow the student to complete original human factors research at the end of the MSHF degree program.
The MSHF degree program does not include any elective courses or specializations, and it follows a prescribed prerequisite course progression for the first two core courses; MSHF 606 and MSHF 612 must be successfully completed before a student may progress in the Program, and the thesis courses ~(RSCH 700A and RSCH 700B respectively) must be the final culminating courses.
|MSHF 606||Human Cognition||3|
|MSHF 612||Human Performance, Limitation, and Error||3|
|MSHF 624||Ergonomics and Biomechanics||3|
|MSHF 640||Human Physiology and Adaptation||3|
|SYSE 641||Systems Psychology||3|
|SYSE 647||Human Factors in Complex Systems||3|
|MSHF 652||Crew Platform/Control Room Automation, Design, and Integration||3|
|RSCH 650||Research Methods and Analysis||3|
|SYSE 653||Cognitive Systems Engineering||3|
|MSHF 618||Virtual Environments, Simulation and Robotics||3|
|RSCH 665||Statistical Analysis||3|
|RSCH 670||Research Methods||3|
|RSCH 700A||Thesis I||3|
|RSCH 700B||Thesis II||3|
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