Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Human Factors/Applied Cognition Concentration

The MA in psychology with a concentration in human factors and applied cognition trains students in the application of cognitive science to real-world problems. Students gain expertise in such areas as human/computer interaction, cognitive system engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and transportation. Faculty members help place students who do not have real-world experience in a part- or full-time practicum before completing the degree.

The program builds bridges between human factors engineering and cognitive psychology. Students can elect to focus on either professional training or preparation for a doctoral program. The professional training path emphasizes coursework and practical experience; the doctoral preparation path involves students in ongoing research projects. Both stress the analytic and empirical methodologies that are used in all phases of interactive systems design (broadly defined to include any human-machine system). The power and interpretation of these techniques reside in their close ties to cognitive theory.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all master's degrees, students pursuing a master's degree in psychology must successfully complete 30-46 credits of required course work.  They complete this coursework in one of six concentrations.

A maximum of 6 credits of thesis proposal and thesis research (PSYC 798799) may be applied to the master's degree. A maximum of 9 credits of thesis courses (798, 799), Directed Reading and Research (PSYC 597), and Practicum (PSYC 792) may be applied to the degree. 

◊ Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF)

The human factors/applied cognition concentration trains students in the application of cognitive science to real-world problems. Students gain expertise in such areas as human/computer interaction, cognitive system engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and transportation. Faculty members help place students who do not have real-world experience in a part- or full-time practicum before completing the degree.

One core course (3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

One required course (4 credits)

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

One additional course (3-4 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of specialized content

PSYC 530 - Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors Credits: 3

PSYC 645 - Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) which may be repeated, chosen from:

PSYC 734 - Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

Electives (0-8 credits)

Students complete the 30 credits required for this degree through additional course work, including courses not listed above, within or outside the department, with prior written approval of the graduate director.

Optional Practicum (6 credits)

Students need an advisor's approval to register for practicum.

PSYC 730 - Practicum in Applied Psychology Credits: 1-6

Optional Thesis (6 credits)

Students need the chair's approval to register for thesis. Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6(minimum of 3 credits)

Total: 30 credits

Print Friendly and PDF