M.S. with Human Factors/Ergonomics Option

The ever-evolving complexity of machines has created the need for ergonomists to provide a safe and efficient interface between these machines and human operators. 

The Human Factors/Ergonomics Engineering Option is structured so students will be able to obtain a basic core of ergonomic knowledge as well as competence in one area of specialization. Core areas provide the breadth as is currently under formulation by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Accreditation Board to include: knowledge about both the physiological and cognitive aspects of people; research methodologies; analysis and design methodologies; mathematics and computer skills; research experience; and practical experience.

M.S. Non-thesis Track

In order to robtain the M.S in industrial engineering with the Human Factors/Ergonomics Engineering Option in the non-thesis track, a student must complete at least 32 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. These 32 semester credit hours must satisfy the following requirements:

Core requirements - 6 credits

  • IE 505: Linear Programming
  • IE 511: Experimental Design in Engineering

Please note: There are prerequisites to these courses that are identified in LionPATH. If you have any additional concerns about whether you have the appropriate background to succeed in these courses, please contact the Graduate Program Office.

Required courses for the option - 9 credits

  • IE 533: Workforce Engineering
  • IE 553: Engineering of Human Work
  • IE 558: Engineering of Cognitive Work

Electives - 12 or more credits

  • Three or more approved 400- or 500-level credits of IE (one or more courses)
  • Three or more 500-level IE or non-IE credits (one or more courses)

Colloquium - 2 credits

  • IE 590: IE Colloquium or one credit of IE 590 and one credit of OR 590: Operations Research Colloquium

Research (paper) - 3 credits

  • IE 596: Research

M.S. Thesis Track

In order to obtain the M.S. in Industrial Engineering with the Human Factors/Ergonomics Engineering Option in the thesis track, a student must complete at least 32 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. These 32 semester credit hours must satisfy the following requirements:

Core requirements - 6 credits

  • IE 505: Linear Programming
  • IE 511: Experimental Design in Engineering

Please note: There are prerequisites to these courses that are identified in LionPATH. If you have any additional concerns about whether you have the appropriate background to succeed in these courses, please contact the Graduate Program Office.

Required courses for the option - 9 credits

  • IE 549: Design Decision Making
  • IE 553: Engineering of Human Work
  • IE 558: Engineering of Cognitive Work

Electives - 9 or more credits

  • Approved 400- or 500-level credits of IE or non-IE (three or more courses)

Colloquium - 2 credits

  • IE 590: IE Colloquium or one credit of IE 590 and one credit of OR 590: Operations Research Colloquium

Research (thesis) - 6 credits

  • IE 600: Thesis Research

Note: All course descriptions can be found in LionPATH.

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