PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Engineering Psychology 

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1970

Accredited by HFES?

Yes

Contact person for more information, including applications

Richard Catrambone, School of Psychology, 654 Cherry Street, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0170
404/894-6775
richard.catrambone@psych.gatech.edu

Catalog

Obtain information at http://www.psychology.
gatech.edu
 or contact Jan Westbrook, School of Psychology, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
30332-0170; jw54@prism.gatech.edu

Web site

http://www.psychology.gatech.edu/
graduate/engineering

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Focuses graduate training primarily from the perspective of applied experimental psychology. The foundation areas of study include cognition, sensation, and perception; physiological psychology; research methodology; and statistical inference with specialized courses in the science and practice of engineering psychology. Students have the opportunity to have a research concentration in the following areas: perceptual processes and attention; skill acquisition, transfer, and retention; individual differences and cognitive performance; human-performance-motivated design of technology; instructional system design; training and system design for special populations such as older adults. These basic areas are currently being applied at Georgia Tech in domains such as aviation, driving, education, human-computer interaction (including auditory displays), medical systems, and aware home technology. A fundamental goal is to train students as research scientists and as practitioners of engineering psychology. To that end, graduate students generally participate in both individual research and in research teams. In addition to core psychology courses, graduate students are expected to supplement their course work with courses that require application of that basic, scientific knowledge. Graduates of the program go on to research or management positions in government and industry as well as academic positions that involve both teaching and research. 

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MS 11, PhD 8

Can students attend part-time?

No

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

Yes


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadline

January 1

Application fee

$50. Application process is online only through Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions at
http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/apply.


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0

GRE: 550 v, 550 q, 1100 v + q, 550 a

Other: Evidence of research experience, math through beginning calculus, and familiarity with programming languages are recommended.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: high 

Work experience: low 

Letters: high 

Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident: $4,160/semester 

Nonresident: $13,196/semester


 

ADMISSIONS

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

25

Number of students accepted into the program last year

6

Number of students entering the program last year

3

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

Varies


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

100%

Amount received per year (minimum – typical – maximum)

$11,500 – $15,550 – $20,240

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: 36 

PhD: 63

Exams required

MS: defense of thesis

PhD: completion of MS defense, preliminary examination

Language requirements

None

Research required

MS: yes

PhD: yes

Practical experience required

MS: none

PhD: recommended

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MS: 2.5 years

PhD: 3 years after MS

Is there a non-thesis option?

No


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Biomechanics and Human Performance (3), Biopsychology Core (3), Cognitive Core (3), Engineering Psychology I (3), Engineering Psychology II (3), Human Abilities (3), Professional Problems (3), Psychomotor & Cognitive Skills (3), Research Design (3), Sensation & Perception (3), Social Core (3), Stats I (3), Stats II (3), Teaching Practicum (3)

Electives (units)

Seminars in Engineering Psychology (3)

Number of courses outside department that are required

3

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

3

Average or typical class size in a required course

5–15


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

All faculty have active research programs supported by state-of-the-art equipment. A variety of support computers are available to students actively involved in any given laboratory. The department maintains computers and printers for general graduate student usage. In addition to research opportunities within the department, strong ties with local companies, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the GVU Center provide additional opportunities for research activities.

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
All students are required to take a Teaching Practicum. Classroom teaching opportunities are provided, and teaching assistantships are available.

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Research activities across the various laboratories include the following broad categories: aging and skill acquisition, perceptual processes and attention; skill acquisition, transfer, and retention; individual differences and cognitive performance; human-performance-motivated design of technology; design of auditory displays; situation awareness; and training and system design for special populations such as older adults. These basic areas are being applied at Georgia Tech in domains such as aviation, driving, education, HCI, medical systems, and aware home technology.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

10 men, 11 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 undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are

MS: GRE 650 v, 685 q, 650 a, GPA 3.5

PhD: GRE 650 v, 685 q, 650 a, GPA 3.4


 

FACULTY

Richard Catrambone, PhD 1988, U. Michigan; problem solving, task analysis, educational technology, instructional design, human-computer interaction, multimedia

Gregory M. Corso, PhD 1978, New Mexico State U.; human performance; psychoacoustics, human engineering

Francis T. Durso, PhD 1980, State U. of New York at Stony Brook; applied cognition, air traffic control, health care

Arthur D. Fisk, PhD 1982, U. Illinois; aging, skill acquisition, HCI, technology design, technology acceptance

Wendy A. Rogers, PhD 1991, Georgia Tech; cognitive aging, technology training, aging-in-place, health care, skill acquisition

Bruce N. Walker, PhD 2001, Rice U.; sonification and auditory displays, human-computer interaction, non-traditional interfaces, assistive technology

[Updated December 2009]