PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Human Factors Applied Psychology Program (MS)

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

2003 

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications

Russell Branaghan, Director of Graduate Studies, Applied Psychology, Arizona State University, 150 Santa Catalina Hall, 7271 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212, 480/727-1390

Web site

https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00
/ECAPSYCHMS/ graduate/false;jsessionid=
F51D9FB0CD8D2D822B4DF77C551219A7.programs2

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

The MS program provides a professional degree in human factors. Topics include usability, team training, and product and system design.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

10

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are required courses offered through distance learning?

No

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes

Are required courses offered at night?

Yes

Are required courses offered on weekends?

No

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

Yes

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines

January 31 (fall), September 15 (spring)

Application fee

$50


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0 (3.5 preferred) 

GRE: 1100 combined, 500 v, 550 q (analytical n/a)

Other: undergraduate degree in psychology or related field from a recognized educational institution; 3 letters of recommendation; a personal statement, including background, interests, qualifications, and goals; TOEFL scores for applicants who are not native English speakers.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: high 

Work experience: medium 

Letters: high 

Interview: n/a

Tuition and fees

Resident/nonresident : $310 per hour/$688 per hour


 

ADMISSIONS

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

12

Number of students accepted into the program last year

5

Number of students entering the program last year

2

Openings per year

10


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

100% (All enrolled students currently have half-time research assistantships and tuition waiver)

Types of assistance available

Research assistantships (tuition exempt) and some teaching assistantships (tuition exempt)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application to the program


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degree offered

MS

Number of units required

32 units, oral defense of thesis

Language requirements

None

Practical experience required

None

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

2 years

Is there a non-thesis option?

Yes, applied project suitable for industry preparation


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (credit hours)

The program of study is typically designed with the student and his or her committee. This often varies according to whether the student plans on a career in industry, doctoral study, or both. Frequently offered courses include: Human Factors, Advanced Human Factors, Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors in Transportation, Human Factors in Sport, Research Methods in Applied Psychology, Analysis of Variance, Multiple Regression, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Conference and Workshop, Ecological Psychology

Number of courses outside department that are required

0

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

0

Average or typical class size in a required course

8–10


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 
Faculty labs include Perception & Action Lab (Gray), Cognitive Engineering Lab (Schvaneveldt), Cognitive Engineering Research on Team Tasks Lab (Cooke), Applied Psychophysics and Ecological Simulations Laboratory (Becker), Human-Technology Interaction Lab (Branaghan), and Cognitive Ability and Complex Learning Lab (Sanchez). Local labs include the Mesa Air Force Research Laboratory and the Motorola Human Interface Lab. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program: 
Limited teaching assistantships are available.

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students: 
See program Web site.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

4 men, 7 women

Current number of first-year students
in program

6

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

GRE 550 v, 550 q, combined 1100; GPA 3.5


 

FACULTY

Vaughn Becker, PhD 2005, Arizona State U. social perception, evolutionary psychology

Russell Branaghan, PhD 1992, New Mexico State U.; human computer interaction, medical human factors, usability, aviation psychology

Nancy Cooke, PhD 1987, New Mexico State U.; team cognition, human factors

Rob Gray, PhD 1998, York U.; perception/action, driving, sports psychology

Christopher Sanchez, PhD 2006, U. of Illinois Chicago; educational technology/training

Roger Schvaneveldt, PhD 1967, U. of Wisconsin; aviation psychology, cognition, complex systems

[Updated October 2009]