University of Houston-Clear Lake



Title of program

Human Factors Psychology concentration within the Psychology Program

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established


Accredited by HFES?


Contact person for more information, including applications

Nicholas Kelling, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058, 281/283-3443;

Catalog (free)

Office of Admissions, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13, Houston, TX 77058


Academic calendar


Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered


Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Through a two-year integrated sequence of coursework, practicum, research, and hands-on activities, UHCL'S Human Factors Psychology Sub-plan is designed to focus provides students with a well-rounded foundation in: psychology, the user-centered design process, and methods used to evaluate human-machine interfaces. Students will obtain basic competency in perception, cognition, judgment/decision making, and information processing systems as well as how to apply this knowledge to the design of the Human-Machine interface. Practicum and research experiences will be provided in laboratory and industrial settings. UHCL has one of the few Master's centered programs explicitly designed to prepare people to work in industry upon graduation. The UHCL program is also well situated in the City of Houston to provide excellent internship opportunities with NASA-Johnson Space Center as well as energy and computing industries.


Can students attend part-time?


Are required courses offered through distance learning?


Are required courses offered at night?

Typically; 4:00–6:50 p.m. or 7:00–9:50 p.m.

Are required courses offered during summer?


Does the university have an HFES student chapter?




Application deadline

Fall admissions only - February 1 (early review), May 1 (final review)

Application fees

$35 for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants

Are separate applications required for the university and the department?  No



Grade point average (last 4 years: A = 4.0) 3.0
GRE GRE not required 

Minimum requirements

Introduction to Psychology, Statistics

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: Medium, work experience: medium, extracurricular activities: low, letters of recommendation: high, interview: N/A 

Tuition and fees

Resident: $4,710 per semester, Nonresident: $9,408 per 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

Variant depending on type

Types of assistance available

Teaching assistantship, research assistantship (sometimes tuition reducing), and traineeships with industry partners 

When should students apply for financial assistance?

After being accepted into the program. 



Graduate degrees offered

Master's of Science in Psychology

Number of units required


Exams required


Language requirements


Research required

Master's thesis or 500-hour internship required 

Typical number of years required to obtain degree


Is there a non-thesis option?

Internship option



Required Courses:

Experimental and Non Experimental Design and Statistics (2 courses req), Sensation and Perception (req), Advanced Cognitive and Affective Psychology (req), Learning Principles/Advanced Social Psychology/Biological Basis (2 of 3 req), Human Factors Engineering (req), Research Topics in Applied Cognitive Psychology (2 courses req), User-Centered Design (req), Practicum in Human Factors Psychology (req)

Elective Courses: 

Training and Development, Programming with Visual Basic, Ergonomics and Workplace Design, Ergonomics Methods and Analysis, Web Design, Technical Foundation of Digital Media, Game Design and Development, Qualitative Research Methods (1 req)

Number of ccourses outside the department that are required:


Number of courses outside the department that are recommended: 




Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

Research facilities in the UHCL Human Factors Program allow for expansive research and training opportunities. A full usability lab allows for product testing, focus groups, and interviews. Game development space provides the capacity to build and test testing software, experimental games, and serious games/simulations. The program also runs a VR/AR testing suite, physiological testing including sEMG, GSR, and HRV, motion capture systems, and multiple computer testing stations. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Teaching assistant positions

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:

Development, implementation, and testing of VR and AR systems for psychomotor and cognitive task training and informal learning in museum/education environments. Serious game research includes investigations of the impact of games on judgement and decision making and in the education of university level studies.


Current number of active students in program, by gender

Men: 3; Women: 7; Prefer to not self identify: 2

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: N/A; GPA: 3.5

Percentage of graduates gaining employment in:

Academia 0%, Industry 5%, Government: 1%



Nicholas Kelling, PhD, 2009 Georgia Institute of Technology. HFES Member

Specializations: VR/AR/XR perceptual interactions, VR Training, and use of technology in environments where education and entertainment goals coexist.

Steven Sutherland, PhD, 2012 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. HFES Member

Specializations: Judgement and decision making and Serious games and simulation. 

[Updated  June 2022]