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Department of Mechanical Engineering

M.S. in Human Factoring Engineering – Non-Thesis Option

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 B.S. in engineering or science. Relevant course work and research experience may be considered for non-engineering students. For further details please contact the acting program director, Professor James Intriligator. 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.


Candidates are required to complete the equivalent of thirty (30) credits to graduate from this program. Full-time MS candidates generally complete their degree requirements in two or three semesters.

1. Human Factors Core (1 course, 3 credits):

  • ENP 0162 Human Machine Systems Design

2. Design Core (choose 1 course, 3 credits):

  • ME 0140 Inventive Design
  • ENP 0193 Assistive Design (previously titled: Designing Physical Solutions for People in Need)

3. Probability and Statistics (1 course, 3 credits):

  • ENP 0164 Behavioral Statistics for Engineering

4. Analytical Methods (choose 1 course, 3 credits):

  • ENP 0163 Analytical Methods in Human Factors

5. Human Computer Interaction (choose 1 course, 3 credits):

  • ENP 0166 Computer Interface Design
  • COMP 0171 Human Computer Interaction
  • COMP 0175 Computer Graphics
  • COMP 0177 Visualization

6. General Electives (minimum 12 credits)

Twelve additional technical credits should be selected from any graduate course (100 or above) in ENP, ME, EM, CS (formerly COMP), PSY, or OTS, or any graduate course (100 or above) that is also a requirement for an HFE certificate. Two electives must be taken within ENP.

7. Professional Development (1 course, 3 credits)

  • ENP 0220 Graduate Capstone

8. Seminar (no credit):

  • ME 291 ME Graduate Seminar (fall semester)
  • ME 292 ME Graduate Seminar (spring semester)

Regular attendance at Mechanical Engineering weekly Seminar Series is an integral part of full-time graduate studies. The seminars, held on Thursday afternoons, feature speakers from both inside and outside of Tufts. The seminars provide students and faculty with an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in mechanical engineering research and practice. All full-time human factors graduate students are required to register for the ME Seminar every semester. As part of this requirement, a student must pass the seminar course by attending at least 80% of the seminars in the semester. Students who pass the seminar will receive an "S" on their transcript; students who fail the seminar will receive a "U" on their transcript.

Degree Completion

To complete the degree, the student should fill out the Master's Degree Sheet and submit the Graduate Exit Survey.

  • The student fills out the degree sheet, obtains approval from his/her academic advisor, and submits it to the Department Chair for approval.
  • The Department then sends the approved form to Student Services for processing and retains a copy as part of the student's record.
  • Upon receiving of this form, Student Services places the student on the "Graduate Degree Listing" for the next degree awarding cycle (February, May, or August).
  • Specific due dates for these forms are provided in the Graduate School handbook for the graduation year.