Human Factors and Applied Cognition
PsychologyThe College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Degrees

Human Factors/Applied Cognition concentration in the PhD in Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Human Factors and Applied Cognition provides instruction and research training for students wishing to pursue careers in the academic, public, and private sectors.  Across all areas, a strong emphasis is placed on students developing a good understanding of cognitive theory, acquiring advanced methodological and statistical skills, and learning how to apply these tools to real-world human factors problems. 

Human Factors/Applied Cognition concentration in the MA in Psychology

Students in our MA program can elect to focus on either professional training or preparation for a doctoral program. Both tracks stress the analytic and empirical methodologies that are used in all phases of interactive systems design (where this is broadly defined to include any human-machine system). The power and interpretation of these techniques reside in their close ties to cognitive theory. The professional training track emphasizes coursework and practical experience; the doctoral preparation track involves students in ongoing research projects.

Graduate Certificate in Transportation Human Factors

The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in transportation human factors under the auspices of the program in Human Factors and Applied Cognition. This certificate program is designed for students that are seeking to gain an in-depth understanding of the role of human factors in transportation. This program typically takes one year to complete and may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Graduate Certificate in Usability

The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in usability under the auspices of the program in Human Factors and Applied Cognition. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to gain both academic and applied experience in usability. A wide variety of skills including usability techniques, user testing, and task analyses are acquired through this program. This program typically takes one year to complete and may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.