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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering

Human Factors Engineering is the study of the interaction of humans with technology. Human Factors Engineering is sometimes also referred to as "Engineering Psychology" or "Ergonomics." This is a rapidly growing field with wide engineering and non-engineering applications.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two options for M.S. students:

The program offers specialized courses, training, and research opportunities in the human-centered aspects of engineering activities such as:

  • Medical devices and systems design
  • Product design
  • Computer-interface design
  • Ergonomics
  • Workplace safety

Applicants are admitted to this program on the basis of their educational qualifications. It is expected that applicants to the Human Factors program will have an acceptable BS in engineering or science. Relevant course work and research experience may be considered for non-engineering students. It is strongly recommended that the prospective student identify and contact the potential thesis advisor before applying to the program. The Department also requires all applicants to submit their recent General Record Examination (GRE) scores. More detailed descriptions of all application requirements are provided in the Graduate School Handbook.

For further information, please contact:

James Intriligator
Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Acting Program Director