Skip Navigation

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Home
Login
About HFES
Newsroom
Membership
HFES Bulletin
Technical Groups
Chapters
Publications
Standards
Public Policy Matters
HFES Meetings
Awards and Fellows
Educational Resources
Webinars
National Ergonomics Month
Information for Students
   
Career Center
Consultants Directory
Calendar
Links of Interest
Advertise with HFES
Getty Images

Search

 

About Search

Information for Students

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Medford, Massachusetts
Department of Mechanical Engineering

To return to the contents page, click your browser's "Back" button.

BACKGROUND:
Title: Human Factors (MS, PhD)
Est: 1969
Semester
Granted last 3 years: MS 8
Part-time: yes
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: yes
Program: Engineering and research oriented, with emphasis on medical product and interface design, complex human-machine systems. Design or design research dissertation.
Contact: Caroline Cao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02115; 617/627-3239; caroline.cao@tufts.edu, http://www.tufts.edu/as/stu-org/hfes.
Catalog: (free) Graduate Application Office, 120 Packard Ave., Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155; http://www.tufts.edu/as/stu-org/hfes/.

APPLICATION:
Deadlines: 10/15 (spring), 2/15 (fall)
Fee: $50

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
GPA: MS 3.5
GRE: recommended
Other: undergraduate degree in engineering or computer science, PhD students must be engineering undergraduates
Research:high
Work experience: medium
Letters: high
Interview: high

ADMISSIONS:
Students applying last year: 5
Accepted: 2
Openings/year: variable

TUITION AND FEES:
Resident/nonresident: $3400/year
Part-time: $2700/course

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
% receiving: 100
Amount: tuition remission + stipend (minimum $1556/month)
Available: fellowship, TA, RA, scholarship, plus tuition exempt
Apply: with application

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
MS: 10 units including 8 courses, seminar attendance, proposal, research (2 units), and oral defense of thesis; no languages or practical experience required, maximum 5 years
Nonthesis option: no
PhD: 20 units including 5 courses, seminar attendance, oral qualifying exam, 2 seminars, research, and oral defense of dissertation; no languages or practical experience, maximum 7 years

CURRICULUM:
MS required courses (programs and courses are ordinarily determined after interview with student): HF in Product Design, Human-Machine System Design, Research & Analytical Methods in HF, Advanced Probability and Statistics I & II, User Interface Design
PhD: courses determined by background and dissertation topic, with breadth in 2 subdisciplines and mathematical preparation
Required courses outside department: 4
Recommended courses outside department: 0
Offered: summer (infrequently)
Class size: less than 10

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES:
Research facilities: Software, hardware, computational labs, machine shops.
Teaching: TA/RA sometimes available. Human factors courses.
Current research: HF in medical systems with focus on endoscopic applications, spatial visualization and control in remote environments, information visualization, decision making in the OR.

STUDENT STATISTICS:
Active: 1 man, 6 women
First-year students: 1
Mean scores: MS: GRE n/a, GPA 4.0

FACULTY:
Caroline Cao, PhD 2002, U Toronto; mechanical and industrial engineering, HF

[Updated Winter 2007]