Contact & Location


Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center (832 Ash St.)
2nd Floor & Basement
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710


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

Application Process

Steps in the Application Process

 Below you will find important information on how to apply to our graduate program.  The actual degree program you are applying to is an M.S. in psychology with a human factors emphasis.

The program consists of a broad array of graduate courses, including:

  • Human-Computer Interaction 
  • Engineering Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Neuroergonomics
  • Ergonomics and Biomechanics 
  • Advanced Human Factors
The M.S. in psychology with a human factors emphasis is offered by the University of Idaho (UI) on campus and via our distance education degree program.

The intent of the program is primarily to provide preparation for work in industry, as a consultant at a firm, or work for government/military research labs as a human factors or UX (user experience) specialist. Some students also earn the M.S. as a way to expand their current job skills or enhance job mobility. A few of our students have also gone on to seek a Ph.D. at other institutions after finishing their M.S. at the UI.

Required Background

An applicant should possess an undergraduate degree in psychology or another field related to human factors psychology, such as design, engineering, or computer science. However, a large array of undergraduate degrees can serve as the basis to a successful career in human factors. The main aspect we are looking for is that the student has a documented interest in human factors related topics and a solid foundation in courses that are relevant to our program.

To be a successful candidate, you need to have evidence of mastery of the following course work. 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 or equivalents thereof as part of your master's degree studies:
  • Introductory statistics 
  • Experimental psychology or research methods 
  • Cognitive psychology 
  • Sensation and perception 
Students are able to take undergraduate courses at any time through our distance education program or Engineering Outreach at the UI; being accepted into the M.S. program is not required.

The UI College of Graduate Studies (COGS)  and the Psychology Department require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission. A successful applicant usually has a combined Verbal + Quantitative GRE score of at least 1,000 for the old scoring method and 300 for the new scoring method. Submission of GRE scores is required. Admission is competitive and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application Materials

To apply for acceptance into the M.S. program, contact graduate admissions at the UI ( and select the psychology degree program.

In addition, it is always a good idea to contact the UI Department of Psychology and Communication Studies (PCS) to through the email address and talk to the graduate program coordinator with any questions you might have. You can also contact any of the faculty in the program whom you are most interested in directly working with.

What the UI Graduate Admissions Needs:
  • Graduate Admissions needs the completed application to COGS with the application fee. Your materials will not be forwarded to the departmental graduate admissions committee from COGS until your application is complete. To be on the safe side, make sure to follow up with your references for letters of recommendation and check that all of your materials have been received. 
  • Two copies of official undergraduate and graduate record transcripts of all work at accredited institutions of higher learning, mailed directly from the degree-granting institution need to be submitted.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), General Test only. No exceptions are made for this requirement. 
  • A personal statement which 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 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • For on-campus admission and teaching or research assistantships, the application and all other required application materials must be received by February 15 for the following fall semester.  Applications for distance degree students are accepted year round. 
The application to COGS and the application fee should be received by the University prior to receipt of reference letters and other materials so the applicant's file can be established.

Students are usually notified regarding acceptance into the program in early March.

Tuition/ Financial Aid

Please visit Student Financial Aid Services for up-to-date tuition, fee, and other financial information. 
UI Engineering Outreach students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. For further information,contact Engineering Outreach.