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Experimental Psychology: Human Factors Psychology

Terminal Master of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology
with a Specialization in Human Factors Psychology (36 hours)

The requirements for the terminal MA degree are an abbreviated form of the doctoral program. Generally, master's students take 10 courses, 6 hours of research, and complete the prequalifying examination (second-year project). The following components from the doctoral program are not required for the terminal MA: (a) a third elective statistics course; (b) qualifying examination; (c) dissertation; (d) practical experience.

The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework, and 6 hours of research culminating in a written and oral report of the work. The thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework, 6 hours of research, a thesis proposal and thesis defense.

Minimum coursework requirements are below:

Statistics (6 hours)

  • PSY 5480 Experimental Design
  • PSY 5447 Advanced Correlational Methods and Factor Analysis

Experimental Core (6 hours)

Two courses that fulfill any two of the cognitive, human factors, social or psychobiological core requirement. The list of eligible courses is the same as for the doctoral program. Note that IE 5303 (Work Physiology) fulfills the Biological Bases core. Students who have taken this course only need to take one additional department core course.

Experimental/Statistics Electives (12 hours)

Four courses that are either (a) courses taught by experimental faculty, or (b) statistics courses. Two of these 4 courses must be:

  • PSY 5370 Human Factors Psychology
  • PSY 5372 Human Factors Methodology

Industrial Engineering Requirements (6 hours)

One of the following:

  • IE 5303 Work Physiology (has a lab)
  • IE 5301 Ergonomics and Design (has a lab)

AND

One of the following:

  • IE 5301 Ergonomics and Design (has a lab) *if not selected from above options
  • IE 5302 Bayesian Analysis for Human Decisions
  • IE 5303 Work Physiology (has a lab)
  • IE 5306 Safety Engineering
  • IE 5308 Risk assessment for human behaviors
  • IE 5309 Human Factors in Ergonomics and Design (has no lab)
  • IE 5329 Project Management
  • IE 6304 Control Theory for Humans

Research (6 hours)

Six hours of enrollment in PSY 7000 Research. Research experience is considered of primary importance and students are expected to be engaged in research continuously throughout the year. The HF Program utilizes an apprenticeship model to train students in research.

Quantitative and Computer Skills

Students must acquire quantitative skills that are appropriate to their course of study. This may be achieved in various ways such as coursework, research experiences, and independent study. Examples include statistics, linear algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or computational modeling. Students also must acquire computer skills that are appropriate to their course of study. This may be achieved in various ways such as coursework, research experiences, and independent study. Examples include statistical software packages (SPSS, SAS), and prototyping and simulation tools, MATLAB, JAVA, Visual Basic, and C++. Mastery of a higher-level programming language and mathematics through calculus are strongly recommended.

Communication Skills

Students must acquire experiences to develop their oral and written communication skills. This is achieved by the second-year requirement. In addition, in the weekly human-factors chat, all students are responsible for one time period each semester.

Teamwork Experience

Students are exposed to multidisciplinary team experiences in various ways such as coursework (Human Factors, Human Factors Methodology, Human-Computer Interaction), the HFES TTU Student Chapter, and practical experiences such as internships. Examples include collaborative class assignments and projects, feedback from fellow students on class presentations, and student working together on practical problems.