CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Location: Ithaca, New York
Department: Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
 

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Human Factors/Ergonomics (MS); Human Behavior in Design (PhD)

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1980/2009

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications

Tracey Sherwood, Graduate Field Assistant, Cornell University, Design and Environmental Analysis, MVR Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401
607/255-2168; tbs46@cornell.edu

Catalog

http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/?p=38

Web site

http://ergo.human.cornell.edu

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Focus is on human factors aspects of environment design. Course covers human-environment topics and ergonomics design issues. Emphasis is also placed on applied techniques and research methods.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MS HFE 4

Can students attend part-time?

No

Are required courses offered through distance learning?

No

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

Yes


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadline

January 5, fall admission only

Application fee

$80


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0 

GRE: >1200 v + q

Other: TOEFL (overall) score should be 105, but section minimums must meet Cornell Graduate School's minimum scores. Psychology or related behavioral science, engineering, computer science, social science, design

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: medium
 
Work experience: medium 

Letters: high

Statement of Purpose: very high 

Interview: high when requested, but not required if application clearly meets criteria

Tuition and fees

Resident and nonresident: $20,800/year


 

ADMISSIONS

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

MS 30, PhD 30

Number of students accepted into the program last year

MS 16, PhD 4

Number of students entering the program last year

MS 9, PhD 3

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

5–8


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

56%

Amount received per year

Possible TA-ships (full fees +); summer support available on a competitive basis

Types of assistance available

Fellowships, TA, RA, all tuition exempt

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Number of units required

MS: Required units vary, typically 60 credit hours 

PhD: Required units vary, typically 60 credit hours

Language requirements

None

Research required

MS: Thesis research required

PhD: Dissertation research required

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MS: 2 

PhD: 4

Is there a non-thesis option?

No


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Making a Difference: By Design (audit); Intro to Human/Environment Relations (audit); Programming Methods in Design (4); Human Factors: Ergonomics-Anthropometrics (4); Human Factors: The Ambient Environment (4); Research Methods in Social Sciences (4); Applied Ergonomics Methods (4); Universal Design: Ergonomics and Accessibility (3); Statistical Methods (6–8) 

Required Electives

One from Directed Readings in Human Factors (4); Empirical Research in Human Factors (4); Supervised Fieldwork in Human Factors (4); Planning and Managing the Workplace (4); Minor electives (3–12)

Number of courses outside department that are required

2–5

Average or typical class size in a required course

2–50


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

New research labs for environment simulations. Climate-controlled research laboratory. Extensive computer, electrophysiological, and environmental monitoring equipment, eye tracking, 3-D video motion capabilities, Faro arm. Whole-body scanner, hand scanner, and fMRI available. Biochemical analytic facilities available.

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Teaching assistantships can include occasional class teaching.

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Research on human-computer interaction, input device (e.g., keyboard and mouse) design, ergonomic workplace design, scientific visualization methods, lighting and visual performance, noise and stress, ergonomics and health, personal environmental control systems, alternative work spaces, telecommuting, health care, universal design, aging and design.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

1 man, 3 women 

Current number of first-year students
in program

4

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

GRE 557 v, 757 q, 3.84 a; GPA 3.41

 

FACULTY

Franklin D. Becker, PhD 1972, UC Davis; psychology

Gary Evans, PhD 1975, U. Massachusetts Amherst; psychology

David Feathers, PhD 2006, U. Buffalo; industrial & systems engineering

Alan Hedge, PhD 1979, U. Sheffield; psychology

Ying Hua, PhD 2007, Carnegie Mellon; architecture
Joseph Laquatra, PhD 1984, Cornell U.; consumer economics & housing
Lorraine Maxwell, PhD 1990, City U. of New York; psychology 
William Sims, Jr., PhD (Emeritus) 1974, MIT; planning 
Nancy Wells, PhD 2000, U. Michigan; psychology and architecture

[Updated May 2011]