Title of program

Applied Concentration in Ergonomics and Human Factors (PhD)

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established


Accredited by HFES?


Contact person for more information, including applications

Leonard S. Mark, Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056
513/529-2417, 513/529-2400

Catalog (free)

Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056;

Web site

Academic calendar


Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered


Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

The program's emphasis is on a firm and extensive foundation in basic psychology (theory and method), which then serves as a springboard to allow the student to function as an effective problem solver in a variety of applied settings. Students are expected to be involved in formal research and participate in real-world design problems generating specific products. Group interaction among students and faculty is highly valued. Miami University is a member of the Southwestern Ohio Human Factors and Ergonomics Consortium. Other members include the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton. Students have access to faculty, courses, and laboratories at each participating institution.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

PhD 3, MA 2

Can students attend part-time?


Are required courses offered through distance learning?


Are required classes offered at night?


Are required classes offered during summer?


Does the university have an HFES student chapter?




Application deadline

January 20 

Application fee




Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0

GRE: 1100 v + q

Other: Psychology GRE, TOEFL, BA, some background in psychology, mathematics, computers Psychology GRE, TOEFL, BA, some background in psychology, mathematics, computers

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: high  

Work experience: medium  

Letters: high 

Interview: medium 

Tuition and fees

Resident: $5,962/year 

Nonresident: $12,422/year



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


Number of students accepted into 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

$11,301/$15,000 plus $1,800 summer supplement. Waiver of tuition is included as part of all support.

Types of assistance available

TA, RA, all exempt

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application



Graduate degrees offered


Number of units required

90 (includes master's)  

Exams required

Comprehensive exam

Language requirements


Research required

Continuous research

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

Is there a non-thesis option?




Required courses (units)

Introduction to Human Factors, Statistics and Experimental Design, Research Methods, Task Analysis, Usability of Complex Systems, Anthropometry and Biomechanics, Advanced Seminars in Experimental and Applied Psychology (cognitive processes, knowledge systems, motion perception, perception and action) 

Electives (units)

Special Topics in Methodology (lab instrumentation, microprocessor logic and interfacing, analog and digital electronics, neural net modeling, quasi-experimental design, program evaluation)  

Number of courses outside department that are required


Number of courses outside department that are recommended


Average or typical class size in a required course




Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

The Center for Ergonomic Research includes facilities for workstation design and analysis, including apparatus for dynamic postural analysis and anthropometric modeling. The Vision Lab includes facilities for computer-generated motion simulation, spatial frequency analysis, photometry, and colorimetry. Corporate partnerships provide research opportunities in cognitive systems engineering, interface design and usability evaluation. Other apparatus available through collaborative relationships with the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, the Department of Health and Physical Education, members of the Southwestern Ohio Human Factors and Ergonomics Consortium, NIOSH, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Students serve as teaching assistants in the department's undergraduate research methods and statistics course. In addition, some can teach a course of their own design. 

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Perception-action analysis of workstation design; methods of anthropometric analysis; spatial orientation and adaptation with respect to motion sickness and simulated (virtual) environments; quantitative modeling of cognitive, perceptual, and decision-making processes; contrast gain-control mechanisms in spatial perception; cognitive work analysis with specific application to products, workspaces, and computer systems; human/computer interaction with emphasis on user-centered design and system usability; use of simulated (virtual) environments to study orientation and navigation in large-scale spaces.



Current number of active students in program, by gender

7 men, 2 women

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 1280 v + q, GPA 3.6



William P. Berg, PhD 1990, U. Minnesota; motor control and coordination, visual guidance, aging

Marvin J. Dainoff, PhD 1969, U. Rochester; workstation ergonomics, ergonomic standards, cognitive systems engineering 

Osama Ettooney, PhD 1987, U. Minnesota; manufacturing engineering 

Douglas L. Gardner (adjunct), PhD 1997, Miami U.; cognitive systems engineering, HCI, usability

Joseph G. Johnson, PhD 1994, Indiana U.; judgment and decision making

Leonard S. Mark, PhD 1979, U. Connecticut; perception and action, workstation ergonomics

Lynn Olzak, PhD 1982, UCLA; higher-level processing mechanisms in visual perception

Allan J. Pantle, PhD 1968, Northwestern U.; form and movement perception 

Robin Thomas, PhD 1995, Indiana U.; decision making 

David Waller, PhD 1999, U. Washington, spatial cognition

Rik Warren (adjunct), PhD 1972, Cornell U.; flight simulation

[Updated Winter 2007]