Master of Science in Human Factors

Master of Science in
Human Factors

The Master of Science in Human Factors prepares students to consider human factors concerns during the design and development of systems, products and environments.

About the Master of Science in Human Factors

Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University’s Human Factors graduate program prepares its students to ensure that human-centered concerns, both psychological and physiological, are given due consideration during the design and development processes of systems, products and work environments. Students will combine learned psychological principles and cognitive engineering fundamentals to maximize the interaction of humans with machines, as well as human performance issues. 

The Master of Science in Human Factors offers a distinct focus that educates the student on human cognitive processes, safety and human capabilities and limitations. Students may choose to focus their human factors degree through either a thesis or non-thesis option. 

Student Learning Outcomes

What you will learn while pursuing a human factors master's:   

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehensively evaluate human psychological and physiological capabilities and limitations  
  • Apply human factors evidence-based methodologies to industry-based problems and develop strategies to control, mitigate and/or solve them 
  • Apply the fundamentals of Human Factors and Ergonomic (HF/E) principles and concepts to complex socio-technical systems across multiple HF/E domains 
  • Demonstrate ethical professional writing, communication and oral presentation skills using appropriate media and industry technology 

Human Factors Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Human factors master's graduates boast a high 100% placement rate within one year of graduation and are designed for those looking to find work as engineers, researchers, applications experts, industry leaders and organizational managers. 

Human Factors degree graduates tend to enter the industry with companies such as: 

  • The Boeing Company 
  • Airbus 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • NASA 
  • Northrop Grumman 

Human Factors Salary Information

As of 2022, alumni with a Master of Science in Human Factors tend to receive competitive salaries, with an average income of $111,400 annually.