With technological advances in manufacturing and production comes the need for more efficient human-machine interactions. It is human factors professionals who will ensure efficiency and safety in the design of systems and machines of the future.
The Ph.D. in Human Factors at Embry-Riddle is focused on advanced techniques in research with a highly quantitative focus. Embry-Riddle is the only university in the United States to offer undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs in Human Factors, which attracts external funded research opportunities.
The department offers broad research opportunities with an emphasis on quality applied research. It specializes in human performance research and is proud of its reputation for successfully completing challenging projects.
At ERAU, students in the Human Factors program learn amid industry experts and gain access to a wide variety of training facilities capable of supporting research program objectives.
ERAU lab facilities include two flight simulators that emulate technically advanced aircraft, simulation of unmanned aerial systems, team performance lab, physiology and color vision lab, and a motion sickness lab.
The availability of ongoing projects and research across the campus provides students with opportunity for collaborative engagement.
With the skills Human Factors graduates possess, it’s easy to move across disciplines. Graduates can look forward to careers in academia, private industry, government, or the military.
About Human Factors at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus
The objective of this Ph.D. program is to provide highly-qualified students an opportunity to complete a rigorous program in Human Factors, equipping students with advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques in research that are relevant to Human Factors.
The emphasis in the curriculum is highly quantitative in nature, providing these students with a robust skill set for research development and data analysis. The program focuses on core educational elements of the discipline including sensation, perception, cognition and statistics, with specializations offered in three key research areas:
- Aviation/aerospace human factors
- Medical human factors
- Technology-enhanced learning and testing
The Ph.D. in Human Factors degree is housed in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor's or master’s degree in Human Factors, Psychology, or other closely-related fields. These students will have an exemplary academic record, will have demonstrated independent research skills, and wish to pursue research positions in academics, government, or industry when they graduate.
Students have access to labs and facilities at the Daytona Campus dedicated to aerospace and aviation, including the unmanned aircraft systems simulation, team performance lab, physiology and color vision lab, and the motion sickness lab.
The Ph.D. in Human Factors is an 84 credit, five- to six year program for students entering with a BS degree or a minimum of 48 credits (3 years) for students entering with a MS degree. The program focuses on core educational elements of the discipline including sensation, perception, cognition, user experience, research methods and statistics. Research areas include aviation/aerospace human factors, medical human factors and technology-enhanced learning, user experience, applied training, and advanced technologies aging. After completing 36 hours of coursework, students will be required to pass a qualifying examination to be admitted to doctoral candidacy. Each student will work with a research advisor, who will serve as their dissertation chair and mentor.
The objective of this Ph.D. program is to provide highly-qualified students an opportunity to complete a rigorous program in Human Factors, equipping students with advanced knowledge, skills and techniques in research that are relevant to Human Factors. The emphasis in the curriculum is highly quantitative in nature, providing these students with a robust skill set for research development and data analysis.
The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor or master’s degree in Human Factors, Psychology or other closely-related fields. These students will have an exemplary academic record, demonstrated independent research skills and who wish to pursue research positions in academics, government or industry when they graduate.
Consistent with the University mission and niche, the areas of research focus for the Ph.D. program are aviation human factors, safety and interactive design. The Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department provides a comprehensive graduate level curriculum, as well as the research infrastructure and resources to support for federal, state and industrial projects and contracts. Students have a rich pool of courses to choose from, providing flexibility to individualize their course of study to match their research focus.
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Human Factors are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of the field. They will develop a comprehensive knowledge base and problem-solving skills necessary for complex system design and evaluation. Students with this degree are expected to be proficient in communication skills, the ability to formulate and conduct experiments and models using advanced tools and technology, and skills to conduct innovative and basic and applied research. Graduates pursue careers in academia, government and industry, taking leadership responsibility and making significant contributions to expand theory and application of Human Factors.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Human Factors must have an overall satisfactory academic record with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for their last 60 credit hours of the bachelor degree. Applicants are recommended to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of application. Applicants must also submit a complete application package before the January 1 deadline. The application should include a statement of purpose (two to five pages), official copies of transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
International applicants whose primary language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System) and meet the minimum requirements as required by the University.
The degree in Human Factors will be conferred in recognition of academic accomplishment and demonstrated ability to conduct innovative scientific research independently. A minimum of 84 credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree, or a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework beyond a Master’s degree is required for the Ph.D. in Human Factors. All courses must be graduate level and must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to registration.
Each Ph.D. student must pass the qualifying exam within one year after he/she has completed the required Master's level course work or three years after entry, in order to achieve Ph.D. candidacy. The Graduate Program Committee will invite eligible students to sit for the qualifying exam. Only students who are in good standing, and who have been identified through their individual work with a faculty member as qualified to enter into Ph.D. candidacy, will be allowed to take the qualifying examination. A student who fails to pass the qualifying exam will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.
A minimum of 30 credit hours of dissertation research must be completed after passing the qualifying exam. A dissertation proposal must be developed and the student must defend his/her dissertation proposal within one year after completing the qualifying examination. Prior to the defense of the dissertation proposal, a dissertation committee will be formed, as required by the university. The Award of the Ph.D. is based on the submission of a satisfactory dissertation, approved by the dissertation committee.
Further information about dissertation requirements can be found under Ph.D. Regulations and Procedures.
|Quantitative Core Courses|
|HFS 510||Research Design and Analysis I||3|
|HFS 610||Research Design and Analysis II||3|
|HFS 675||Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction||3|
|Human Factors Core Courses|
|HFS 600||Human Factors in Systems||3|
|HFS 612||Human Factors Methods||3|
|HFS 615||Sensation and Perception||3|
|HFS 620||Memory and Cognition||3|
|HFS 635||Human-Computer Interaction||3|
Human Factors Specified and Open Electives
|Human Factors Specified and Open Electives||24|
|Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools|
|Research Design and Analysis I|
|Modeling Humans in Complex Systems|
|Human and Social/Organizational Factors in Emerging Technologies|
|Human Factors in Systems|
|Research Design and Analysis II|
|Human Factors Methods|
|Human Factors in Medicine|
|Sensation and Perception|
|Human Factors of Transportation|
|HF in Aging: Behavioral and Biological Foundations|
|Memory and Cognition|
|Human Factors in Entertainment Systems|
|Applied Testing and Selection|
|Human Factors Principles of Visual Communication|
|Applied Cognitive Science|
|Managing Human Errors in Complex Systems|
|Human Factors of Aviation/Aerospace Applications|
|Graduate Seminar: Current Applications in Human Factors|
|Graduate Student Capstone|
|Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems|
|Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems|
|Small N Designs and Non-Parametric Analysis|
|HFS 715||Supervised Teaching Experience||3|
|Total Degree Credits||84|
Other graduate courses may be available, but must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
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