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MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Joseph, MO
Department of Psychology

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BACKGROUND:
Title: Master of Applied Science in Human Factors and Usability Testing (MAS)
Est: 2009
Semester
Granted last 3 years: 6 graduates
Part-time available: yes
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: no
Program: This degree is unique in combining the core courses often associated with an MBA (including economics, marketing, organization theory, and organizational communications) with specific coursework and experience in human factors. The goal is to educate Master's level professionals with both the general business skills necessary to succeed as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and the research, design, and technical skills necessary to contribute meaningfully on the usability / HCI side. Graduates will have experience working in a variety of industry types on a variety of projects. Accredited by: none
Contact: Dr. Brian Cronk (Chair), Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Dr., St. Joseph, MO, 64507 816/271-4444 cronk@missouriwestern.edu
Catalog: (free) Graduate Dean, 4525 Downs Dr., St. Joseph, MO 64507

APPLICATION:
Deadlines: Priority Deadline: March 15; applications will be accepted after the deadline, however, consideration for financial assistance will only be given to those received before March 15
Fee: Institutional Fee: $45; Departmental Fee: none, but departmental application required

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
GPA: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
GRE: Before August 2011 (Verbal: 400, Quantitative: 450); sfter August 2011 (Verbal: 146, Quantitative: 141)
Other: Complete both the Departmental Application and the Institutional Application; Recommended: degree in psychology, computer science, art, business, or engineering
Research: medium
Work experience: medium
Extracurricular activities: low
Letters: high
Interview: low

ADMISSIONS:
Students applying last year: 16
Accepted: 6
Entered program: 3
Openings/year: 6

TUITION AND FEES:
Resident: $310.66/credit hour
Out of State: $568.81/credit hour

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
% receiving: 50-75%
Amount: $2,500 (typical); $15,000 (max)
Available: Limited assistantships available
Apply: With application.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
MAS: 36 units; thesis or internship; no comprehensive exam; no languages; 2 years typical
Nonthesis option: yes

CURRICULUM:
Required courses (units): Professional and Organizational Comunications (3), Organizational Theory (3), Marketing Strategy (3), Managerial Economics (3), Technical Analysis for Decision Making (4), Graduate Colloquium (2), Cognition in Design (3), Applied Cognitive Design (3), User-Centered Design Methods (3), Special Topics in Human-Centered Design (3), Seminar in Human-Centered Design I (1), Seminar in Human-Centered Design II (1)
Electives (units): Technical Documentation and Editing (3), Testing and Assessment (3), Computer Graphic Design (3), Applied Univariate and Multivariate Analysis (3)
Required courses outside department: 6
Recommended courses outside department: 0
Required courses offered: nights: yes; weekends: no; summer: sometimes
Class size: 3-10

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES:
Research facilities: The department has a modern usability lab designed to facilitate instruction/research in human-centered design.
Teaching opportunities: yes
Current research: Research in the Laboratory for Usability and Interactive Systems (LUIS) focuses on training students to conduct usability testing and creating theory for further research across platforms.

STUDENT STATISTICS:
Active: 3
First-year students: 2
Mean scores: 6

FACULTY:
Brian Cronk, PhD, 1993, U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; computers in education
Kelly Henry, PhD, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; applied group dynamics
L. Jo Elliott (Director), PhD, 2011, New Mexico State U.; engineering psychology/usability
Benjamin England, PhD, 2014, Texas Tech; metacognition

[Updated August 2014]