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Graduate Degrees

The University of Idaho Department of Psychology and Communication Studies offers a master’s degree and doctoral degree in experimental psychology, with an emphasis in human factors.

As a student in the psychology graduate program, you will study how humans interact with technology and the built environment. Human factors graduate students often complete professional internships with organizations such as Intel, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Daimler-Chrysler, UserCentric, the Idaho National Laboratory and the University of Idaho’s media development team.

The Masters of Science in human factors can be earned on campus or through the university’s distance education program.

Graduate Research in Human Factors

Psychology graduate students participate in research in a variety of specialty areas, including:

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Advanced displays for aviation and process control
  • Simulation and virtual environments
  • Driving and surface transportation
  • Computer security
  • Alarm technology
  • Physiological indicators of stress and workload
  • Sound perception
  • Cyclist and pedestrian safety
  • Augmented cognition and neuroergonomics

Graduate funding and research support is available for on-campus students.

Careers for Human Factors Practitioners and Researchers

A graduate degree in human factors psychology prepares you for careers in:

  • Software and web usability
  • Product development
  • Consulting
  • Public safety
  • Healthcare
  • Nuclear power
  • Surface transportation
  • Aviation systems
  • Military
  • Research

Graduates work for corporations such as Hewlett Packard, UserCentric, Battelle, Bruce Power (Canada) and at research institutes such as the Idaho National Laboratory and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Psychology & Communication Studies

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: (208) 885-6324

Fax: (208) 885-7710


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