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Master of Science in Human Factors

Master of Science in Human Factors


In the Master of Science (MS) in Human Factors program at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, you’ll learn human-centered engineering. You’ll build on your engineering, science, or mathematics knowledge with an understanding of human capabilities and limitations to design products and systems for safe, efficient, and comfortable human use. A growing and important technical professional field, human factors, including ergonomics, is considered essential to improving business performance, decision-making, and market competitiveness.

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

Innovative Curriculum

A multidisciplinary program, the MS in Human Factors prepares you as an advanced human factors professional by bringing together faculty expertise in engineering, the sciences, humanities, and the arts. Faculty also hail from a variety of reputable companies and industries, ensuring that the skills, theories, and procedures you learn, from sociotechnical systems and statistical methods to organizational psychology, are directly applicable to the important work you’ll be doing after graduation.

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.

The MS in Human Factors curriculum is highly flexible, allowing you to customize your degree toward your professional goals. There are 30 electives to choose from, such as:

• Ergonomics and the Work Environment
• Advanced Quantitative Analysis
• Computer/Human Interaction
• Biometrics for Design

Students can complete a master’s degree by pursuing any of one of the three tracks: course work option, project option, and thesis option. You’ll also gain rich research experiences using your human factors skills in both individual and group projects to solve real-world challenges, including the thesis and project options.

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 Goals

Career Outlook

Due to demand created by automation, the U.S. Department of Education reports that students who receive a human factors degree can expect to make an average salary of $87,040, with a high likelihood of finding employment after graduation.

Program Contacts

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

Human-machine systems, human factors, biosensing and smart systems, human state and behavior modeling, transportation safety, healthcare and patient safety, human-friendly mechatronics, and human-robot interaction

Academic Advising

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

Admissions & Aid

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