Louisiana State University

Location:   Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Department:  Construction Management and Industrial Engineering

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Title of program:

Industrial Engineering with Ergonomics/Human Factors Option (MSIE, PhD)

Year human factors/ergonomics
program was established:


Accredited by HFES?


Contact person for more information, including applications:

Fred Aghazadeh or Graduate Adviser
Louisiana State University
Industrial Engineering Department
3128 CEBA Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6409

Catalog ($3):

Office of Student Records and Registration
Louisiana State University
112 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered:

MSIE and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the programs:

Human factors engineering is one of the areas of concentration within industrial engineering. Other areas include operations research, maintenance and reliability/quality control, and manufacturing systems. The Human Factors Option emphasizes ergonomics in work design, work physiology, biomechanics, industrial hygiene, and systems safety management.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years:


Can students attend part-time?


Are required courses offered through distance learning?


Are classes offered during summer


Does the university have an HFES student chapter?



Application deadlines:

May 15 (fall)
October 15 (spring)
May 15 (summer)

Application Fees:



Minimum requirements

  • GPA: 2.7
  • GRE: 1000 v + q
  • Other: Applicants with degrees other than IE are required to take leveling courses.Applicants with degrees other than IE are required to take leveling courses.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors:

  • Research: medium
  • Work experience: medium
  • Letters: medium
  • Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident: $2,200/semester
Nonresident: $6,400/semester


Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year:


Number of students accepted into the program last year:


Number of students entering the program last year:


Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years:



Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance:


Amount received per year:

$10,800 for half-time

Types of assistance available:

Fellowships, TA, RA, scholarship (all tuition exempt)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


Graduate degree offered:

MSIE and PhD

Number of units required:

MSIE: 24
PhD: 54 plus dissertation

Exams required:

MSIE: thesis defense
PhD: qualifying and general defense exams

Language requirements:


Research required:

MSIE: research required for thesis option
PhD: research required

Practical experience required:


Typical number of years required to obtain degree:

MS: 1.5
PhD: 2.5 years beyond MS

Is there a non-thesis option?



Required Courses (units):

Ergonomics in Work Design (3), Statistics (3), Operations Research (3), Simulation (3), Production Systems (3). (For each student, the Thesis Committee determines which courses are required and which are electives.)

Number of courses outside department that are required:

None for MS

Number of courses outside department that are recommended:


Average or typical class size in a required course:



Research and support facilities available to students in the program:
The Human Factors Lab houses a wide spectrum of equipment for use in work analysis, human performance measurement, human-computer interaction, and evaluation of the environment. A bicycle ergometer, treadmill, dynamic and static strength measuring device, oxygen consumption apparatus, anthropometer, reaction timer, and other such items are included in the lab. Apparatus for biomedical recordings of EKG, EEG, EMG, heart rate, and ventilation and respiration rates are also available. This lab is supported by updated PCs. The Industrial Hygiene Lab is equipped for research and instruction in the evaluation and control of industrial environment, including noise pollution, industrial illumination, thermal stresses, air sampling, and industrial ventilation.

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Fifteen graduate teaching assistantships are offered per year. These assistants teach courses in engineering graphics, FORTRAN programming, and manufacturing processes labs..


Current number of active students in program, by gender:

50 men, 5 women

Current number of first-year students in program:


Based on current graduate students in the program, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are:

GRE 1200, GPA 3.2


Fereydoun Aghazadeh, PhD 1983, Texas Tech U.; ergonomics, human factors engineering, biomechanics, human-computer systems, occupational safety and health

Gerald M. Knapp, PhD 1992, U. Iowa; maintenance, computer-aided manufacturing, artificial intelligence, process control

T. Warren Liao, PhD 1990, Purdue U.; manufacturing processes and systems, automation, computer applications in manufacturing, time series analysis, optimization

Lawrence Mann, Jr., PhD 1965, Purdue U.; maintenance management, industrial and labor relations, work measurement

Thomas G. Ray, PhD 1971, Mississippi State U.; engineering economy, operations research, quality control, management of information systems

Bhaba R. Sarker, PhD 1990, Texas A&M U.; mass production and flexible manufacturing systems, automation and material handling, JIT in manufacturing, operations research

Dennis B. Webster, PhD 1969, Purdue U.; production systems design, cellular organization, material handling, operations planning and control

[Updated Winter 2007]