Frequently Asked Questions

What is Human Factors?

Human Factors is a branch of psychology that studies the interaction between a human and an object. The ultimate goal is to view how humans interact with the world around them, and to reduce human error, increase productivity, and enhance safety and comfort with a specific focus.

In short uses many different disciplines in order to help solve the mystery of how humans can better interact with the world around them. 

For more information, visit the official description in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Website.


Curious about about you will be studying while you're here?

Check out our current Student Handbook and Program of Study, which can give you a good idea of the path that students take while in the Human Factors concentration at George Mason University. While each year will look a little different, this is always a good resource to get an idea of what the department expects of students. 

And it is always a good idea to take a few minutes to review the research we are currently conducting


What are the steps to putting in an application?

You will need to put in your application with the Office of Admissions, not directly through the department. Information on deadlines, as well as what is required, can be found on the Psychology Program Website for PHD students, and the Psychology Program Website for MA students. Please double check all deadlines, as well as make sure you are applying to the correct program. 

Further information regarding the application can be found here


Are you having problems with your application?

If you having any technical questions regarding your application, please contact Graduate Admissions. They can help you with any problems you might have with the actual submission, such as if you are missing information, why something might be reading as needed if you put in the application, or if something will not upload properly. 


Can the program provide a tour the campus?

The HFAC program does not set up official campus tours, but if you are interested in one, the Office of Admissions can provide either a virtual tour or an in person one. 


Don't see your question answered here? Contact our graduate program coordinator