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Lubbock, Texas
Department of Psychological Sciences

Title of program: Human Factors Program/Experimental Psychology
Year human factors/ergonomics program was established: 1967
Accreditation: Accredited by HFES
Primary department sponsoring program: Department of Psychological Sciences
Person(s) potential students can contact for more information, including applications:
Name: Patricia R. DeLucia
Institution: Texas Tech University
Address: Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Mail Stop 2051, Lubbock, TX 79409-2051
Phone: 806/834-0968
Web site:
Is this program a joint program? We collaborate with the Department of Industrial Engineering, but the two programs have separate requirements and are separately accredited by HFES.
Academic calendar: Semester
Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered: MA, PhD
Number of degrees granted during Last 3 Years: MA: 5; PhD: 2
Can students attend part-time? No
Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program: In conjunction with the Department of Industrial Engineering, students receive balanced training in human factors and ergonomics. Our program prepares students for employment in academia, government, and industry. Primary training is in fundamental processes of human behavior, research methods, and statistics. We are committed to the integration of basic and applied research. Areas of emphasis include transportation (e.g., driving), human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, health care (e.g., minimally-invasive surgery, nursing, mental health treatment), physiological and subjective measures of stress and workload, team coordination and communication (e.g., team skill in remote vehicle operations, creative team problem solving, medical team performance, and the use of non-linear dynamics), and visual performance including perception and action (e.g., perception of depth, motion, and collision; affordance perception; human factors in medicine; teleorobotics; and sport). Graduates of our program have been employed in research positions at government and academic institutions (e.g., Lockheed-Martin, Auburn University, Wichita State University, University of South Dakota, Federal Aviation Administration, US Air Force, US Army, US Navy) and in industry (e.g., General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lear Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Oakhill Technology, Roche Diagnostics, Raytheon, Sandia Laboratories, Sprint, SUN Microsystems, Titan Industries, SA Technologies, SBC Technology, State Farm, Honeywell, Medtronic, Human Interfaces, BCI, and Siemens).
Distance learning courses: No

Application deadline(s): We begin accepting applicants December 15 and continue considering qualified applicants until the entering class is filled.
Application fees: $0 for program, $60 for university
Are separate applications required for university and department? Yes

Minimum requirements:

  • Grade point average (last 4 yrs: A = 4.0): 3.0
  • GRE combined: n/a
  • GRE Verbal: Required, but no minimum
  • GRE Quantitative: Required, but no minimum
  • GRE Analytical: n/a
Undergrad degrees, backgrounds, or course work required (req) or recommended (rec) for admission: Recommended training includes degree in psychology, social sciences, industrial engineering, or sciences, and training in statistics, computer programming, and mathematics.
Importance of other criteria as admission factors:
  • Previous research activity: High
  • Relevant work experience: Low
  • Extracurricular activities: Low
  • Letters of recommendation: Medium
  • Personal interview: Optional; telephone contact recommended
Tuition and fees: $3,600 per semester for resident tuition and fees (not including tuition/fee exemptions)

Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year: 21
Number of students accepted into the program last year: 5
Number of students entering the program last year: 2
Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years: 6–8

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance: 92%
Amounts received per year (Minimum/Typical/Maximum): $10,550/$11,854/$18,000
Types of assistance available:

  • Teaching assistantship: Yes; partial exemption from tuition and fees; while on half-time appointments, students qualify for in-state tuition rates, benefits, and fee waivers
  • Research assistantship: Yes; partial exemption from tuition and fees; while on half-time appointments, students qualify for in-state tuition rates, benefits, and fee waivers
  • Fellowships: Yes; fellowships of at least $1,000 provide eligibility for in-state tuition rates
  • Traineeships: No
When should students apply for financial assistance? at same time as submitting application for admission

Graduate degree: Terminal MA
Number of units required: 36 credit hours
Exams required: None
Language requirements: No natural languages required
Research required: Research project required
Practical experience required: None
Typical number of years required to obtain degree: 2–2.5 years
Is there a non-thesis option at the master's level? Yes

Graduate degree: PhD
Number of units required: 78 minimum credit hours
Exams required: Qualifying examination
Language requirements: No natural languages required
Research required: Oral defense of proposal and dissertation, 3-hour minimum enrollment in research each semester, research project required
Practical experience required: Internships encouraged
Typical number of years required to obtain degree: 4–5 years

Titles of required courses: One course from each of the following core areas: Cognitive Bases of Behavior; Biological Bases of Behavior; Social Bases of Behavior (9); Experimental Design (3); Advanced Correlational Methods and Factor Analysis (3); statistics elective (3); Human Factors Psychology (3); Human Factors Methodology (3); Seminar in Perception: Theories and Applications (3); Cognitive Ergonomics (3)
Number of courses outside department that are required: Six hours from Industrial Engineering: Ergonomics in Design or Work Physiology; and one elective
Number of courses outside department that are recommended: 3
Are required courses offered at night? Some
Are required courses offered on weekends? No
Are required courses offered in summer? Some
Are required courses offered through distance learning? n/a
Average or typical class size in a required course: 5–15

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: Opportunities and facilities are diverse. Laboratories support studies in driving (including a STI-SIM driving simulator), human-computer interaction (graphical user interface optimization; Internet navigation and accessibility), human factors in medicine, minimally-invasive surgery (including a laparoscopic surgery trainer), eye movements (including an ASL eye tracker), telerobotics, team coordination, and visual performance, as well as subjective and physiological stress and workload (including a transcranialdoppler system, and a BIOPAC psychophysiology system, allowing for the assessment of EEG, ECG, GSR, EMG, and EOG). The university maintains state-of-the-art usability testing and neuroimaging facilities. In addition, the university provides facilities for computer-based and distance instruction, including instruction and support for instructional design.
Teaching opportunities available to students in the program: Teaching opportunities include undergraduate courses, some as TA and some as instructor of record.
Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students: Human-computer interaction; graphical user interface optimization; Internet navigation and accessibility; visual perception of depth, motion, and collision; multimodal sensory integration; applications in transportation and healthcare; affordance perception; display design for minimally-invasive surgery; stress and workload in laparoscopic and robotic surgery; collision avoidance in driving; visual memory; team coordination and communication; non-linear dynamics; undergraduate student use of computer-based instructional materials; performance in nursing; effects of technology on medication administration
Number of current HF/E postdocs: 0

Current number of active students in program, by gender: men: 8; women: 5
Current number of first-year students in program: 2
Based on current graduate students in the program, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are:

  • Mean GRE Verbal: 542.5 (old scoring system), 162.4 (new scoring system)
  • Mean GRE Quantitative: 642.5 (old scoring system), 158 (new scoring system)
  • Mean GRE Analytical: 4.27
  • Mean GRE Combined: n/a
  • Mean undergraduate GPA: 3.55
Of the number of those graduating in the past year, what percentage gained employment in:
  • Academia: 0
  • Industry: 100%
  • Government: 0
Patricia R. DeLucia, PhD 1989, Columbia University; basic and applied research including visual perception of collision, motion and depth; multimodal sensory integration; transportation (e.g., driving and aviation), healthcare (minimally-invasive surgery, mental health treatment), military (e.g., night vision goggles), sport (e.g., umpiring); human factors in medicine (e.g., patient safety); performance in nursing (e.g., medication administration)
Jamie C. Gorman, PhD 2006, New Mexico State University; team coordination; team communication; team cognition; team motor skill; remote vehicle operations; non-linear dynamics
Keith S. Jones, PhD 2000, University of Cincinnati; team coordination; team cognition; non-linear dynamics
Martina I. Klein, PhD 2008, University of Cincinnati; stress and workload in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, subjective and physiological measures of stress and workload
Faculty-to-student ratio: 4 to 13

[Updated February 2015]