Why University of Idaho?
This medium-sized public research university located in Moscow Idaho recruits applicants for its online Master of Science in Psychology, Human Factors degree program. The program is based in the university’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Applicants should have completed undergraduate coursework in cognitive psychology and behavioral research methods, as well as an undergraduate course in statistics.Results from standardized tests are not necessary for your application. Students must have completed their undergraduate studies with a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered.
|University of Idaho
|Name of Degree
|Master of Science in Psychology, Human Factors
|School or Department Administering Program
|College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
|Cost per credit
|Tuition for Entire Program
|Prerequisite Courses and Skills
|cognitive psychology; behavioral research methods; statistics
|Campus Visit Required?
|Typical Time to Complete
|When Can Students Start the Program?
|Does the Program Include a Capstone?
|Does the program include a practicum or internship?
|Other Features that Make the Program Unique
|specialization in human factors; connections with research-intensive department
|Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
|This 30 credit program focuses on topics at the intersection of psychology and engineering, particularly as they relate to the workplace. Topics covered include research methods, ethics, decision-making, and human performance. An optional internship is offered, and a research-based capstone project is required. Students complete the program in two years.
What will I Learn?
Human factors psychology, also known as engineering psychology, is the study of how people interact with machines and the workplace.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to conduct research in the application of psychological theory and practice to specific sub-specializations such as ergonomics, biomechanics, or human-computer interaction. They will gain the skills and knowledge to solve problems in the workplace and suggest innovative solutions through collaboration with others and the application of theoretically informed research design and statistical analysis.
Students begin the program by studying foundational topics in courses such as Sensation and Perception, Engineering Psychology, and Human Factors in Engineering Design. Students gain fundamental skills while taking Research Methods and Advanced Research Methods. Students deepen their understanding through coursework in Ergonomics and Biomechanics; Human-Computer Interaction and Advanced Human Factors. As a capstone to the curriculum, students are required to complete a research thesis.
How much will the program cost?
Students finish their degree within 2 years and pay $554.00 per credit for a total of 30 credits, or $16,620.00 for the entire degree.
How does the program fit into my life?
All courses are taught asynchronously, meaning that students are not required to attend online class at a set time. Instead, students are required to complete certain online activities each week and receive regular opportunities to interact with their instructor and classmates. Online activities can include, but are not limited to, watching online lectures, completing interactive practice exercises, and participating in online group discussion. No on-campus trip is necessary. Every year, the program’s Fall semester is open to new students. The majority of students finish the program in 2 years.
The program’s curriculum is adaptable, giving participants more options than some peer programs provide regarding the courses they want to take and when they want to study them. No on-campus trip is necessary. Every year, the program’s Fall semester is open to new students. The majority of students finish the program in 2 years. The program’s curriculum is adaptable, giving participants more options than some peer programs provide regarding the courses they want to take and when they want to study them.
As the only currently available online program specialized entirely in the study of human factors, this program stands out from the rest. Add in the fact this university is highly-regarded, and offers students the opportunity to collaborate with mentors in a research-intensive department, and this program may be an excellent fit for an ambitious applicant. Students who are looking for a more generalist program with less of a research focus will not be satisfied with this option. The program is fairly low in cost.