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Master’s in Psychology, Human Factors Degree


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The Master of Science in Psychology, Human Factors emphasis is a research-heavy program that examines why people do things the way they do. Considering the rapid evolution of technology over the past two decades, this question remains at the heart of both human development and the user experience. To explore where these areas intersect and how their overlap can collectively improve product design and delivery, this human factors degree program blends traditional psychology disciplines with modern-day engineering principles.

Through coursework and research, students apply these concepts to understand and improve how people engage with technology and products and examine this relationship within the context of mental health, human interactions and development, drug addiction, the workplace and consumer behavior.

Career wise, students who have finished this degree program find themselves working as researchers and user-experience engineers who seek to enhance the ways consumers interact with products, software, computers, and equipment. Opportunities exist in business, management, human services, and web and product design, with the goal of refining everyday human systems, interaction and capabilities.

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  • Flexible Formats: In addition to our on-campus program, we offer this degree fully online with all full-time online students paying in-state tuition.
  • Scope: Human factors deals with a large range of applied topics — like product design, human performance and human error, human-machine and human-computer interaction, interface design, safety and ergonomics.
  • Facilities: The Human Factors Program at the University of Idaho has a number of on-campus laboratory facilities in which students conduct state-of-the-art research projects.
  • Careers: Graduates of our program have found rewarding employment in diverse fields, including software and web usability, product development, consulting, public safety, healthcare, nuclear power, surface transportation, aviation systems and research.
  • Requirements: Candidates interested in applying must meet the requirements for the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Psychology and Communication. Review all requirements before beginning your application.

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