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Master of Science in Human Factors

Master of Science in Human Factors

Overview

The Master of Science in Human Factors addresses the growing need for engineering professionals trained in advanced human factors who can utilize Human Factors theories, procedures and empirically derived knowledge into understandable and actionable information for use in the design and evaluation of a wide variety of products and systems.

The key sectors demanding human factors professionals include transportation, healthcare, robotics, manufacturing, computer, consumer products, social, and organizational and military issues.

Innovative Curriculum

The core courses of the MS in Human Factors program are built on the foundations of human factors and ergonomics, probabilities and statistics, etc. Topics from these foundation areas are integrated to create human factors for engineering applications. Students can select their elective or breadth courses from a wide range of fields. The program seeks to prepare students for a comprehensive set of human factors-related professional positions.

To be eligible for admission to any of the MS degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or an equivalent field. Students in all master’s degree programs must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved course work (exclusive of any preparatory courses) with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000.

Students can complete a master’s degree by pursuing any of one of the three tracks: course work option, project option, and thesis option. Students may pursue any program either on a full-time or part-time basis; however, certain restrictions may apply.

Over 15 graduate certificates are available to provide students the opportunity to develop a specialization in an area of their choice. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education.

Program Contacts


Yingzi Lin
Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering

Human-machine interactions, interface design and user experiences, system integration and evaluation; smart systems and nonintrusive sensors, human friendly mechatronics, human state detection and information fusion; human factors in transportation and healthcare

Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the student services representative assigned to this program.

Admissions & Aid

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