PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Human Factors/HCI (PhD) 

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1972

Accredited by HFES?

Yes

Contact person for more information, including applications

Michael Byrne, Psychology Department, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251; 713/348-3770; http://chil.rice.edu/byrne

Catalog (free)

(Psychology Department, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251. See also https://psychology.rice.edu.

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MA and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

The program leads to a PhD in psychology. A terminal master's is not offered; a master's degree is given en route to the PhD. There are two main areas of specialization in the department: cognitive psychology and industrial/organizational psychology, but both have human factors/HCI tracks. The department has 14 faculty and 30-40 students. Each student's program is tailored to be consistent with his/her background and interests. The program emphasizes research as well as practical experience. Students in one of the human factors/HCI tracks generally do an internship.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MA 8, PhD 6

Can students attend part-time?

No

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

No

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadline

January 15

Application fee

$25


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.3 

GRE: 550 v, 600 q, 1200 v + q 

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: medium 

Work experience: medium 

Letters: high 

Interview: medium

Tuition and fees

Resident/nonresident: $13,300/year


 

ADMISSIONS

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

12

Number of students accepted into the program last year

2

Anticipated number of openings per year

2–3


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

100%

Amount received per year

$10,000 

Types of assistance available

Tuition waiver, fellowship, TA, RA, all tuition exempt

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MA and PhD

Number of units required

MA: 30

PhD: 60

Exams required

None

Language requirements

None

Research required

MA:  thesis

PhD: thesis

Practical experience required

MA: none
 
PhD: internship

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MA: 2–3

PhD: 2 beyond MA

Is there a non-thesis option?

No


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Psychological Statistics, Professional Issues, Foundations of Human Factors, Foundations of Cognition, Foundations of Social Psychology, History and Systems, various advanced courses in human-computer interaction, decision making, methods in human factors, etc.

Number of courses outside department that are required

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

n/a 

Average or typical class size in a required course

7


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

More than a dozen microcomputers are available for research on human-computer interaction as well as for general laboratory control. Local industry, the medical center, and NASA provide opportunities for research in more applied settings. Descriptions of specific research activities are available on request.

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
All students in the program periodically serve as teaching assistants for undergraduate courses.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

3 men, 3 women  

Current number of first-year students in program

3

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

PhD: GRE 1300 v + q, GPA 3.6


 

FACULTY

Michael Byrne, PhD 1996, Georgia Tech; human-computer interaction 

David Lane, PhD 1977, Tulane U.; human-computer interaction