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Master of Science in Psychology: Human Factors

Admission Requirements

Admission to our program is competitive. An applicant must possess an undergraduate degree in psychology or a field related to human factors (e.g., computer science, design, engineering). In addition, the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.

To be a successful candidate, you need to have evidence of mastery of the following coursework. If you have not successfully completed one or more of these courses as part of your undergraduate or post-graduate education, you can still be admitted to the program, but you will need to take these courses as part of your master's degree coursework:

  • Introductory statistics
  • Experimental psychology or research methods
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Sensation and perception

All applicants are required to submit:

  • The completed COGS Application Form with the application fee;
  • Official undergraduate and graduate record transcripts of all work at accredited institutions of higher learning, mailed directly from the degree-granting institution;
  • A personal statement that should include your background, the emphasis in which you are interested, your intentions of taking the thesis or non-thesis option, and professional objectives after completing the graduate program;
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), General Test ONLY;
    • Take the GRE no later than January 1 as the Educational Testing Service may take up to six weeks to report the results);
    • Minimum GRE score of 300 (150 Verbal and 150 Quantitative);
  • Three letters of recommendation (include this recommendation form with all letters).

Applicants to the On-Campus Program

All application materials for the on-campus program must be received by Graduate Admissions by Feb. 15. Applicants received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Applicants to the Distance Program

Applicants to the distance program may apply throughout the year. However, accepted applicants can only start the program in the fall or spring semesters.

Degree Requirements for Master of Science

To earn the Master of Science, candidates must complete 30 credits (18 or more at the 500-level), achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and successfully complete a thesis or comprehensive exam.

Coursework includes:

  • PSYC 444: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 446: Engineering Psychology
  • PSYC 509: Human Factors in Engineering Design
  • PSYC 512: Research Methods
  • PSYC 513: Advanced Research Methods
  • PSYC 525: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 552: Ergonomics and Biomechanics
  • PSYC 561: Human-Computer Interaction
  • PSYC 562: Advanced Human Factors

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


Web: Psychology and Communication Studies Department