As an HFE student you will focus on the study of human interaction—interaction with things, environments, and processes—to effectively support people in their work and living activities. Our varied curriculum covers the foundations of human cognitive and physical factors as well as statistics, experimental design, and research ethics training. By virtue of this interdisciplinary coursework, you will gain a unique perspective from multiple disciplinary standpoints and will be prepared to approach, develop, and evaluate physical and digital systems that are safe, effective, and enjoyable to use.
Master of Science Degree Options
Students pursuing a Master of Science degree have two separate degree plans to choose from. Plan A is more thesis-focused and is considered preparatory for pursuing a PhD. Plan C is a strong, cour-based option designed for working professionals.
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The credit amounts shown above are the foundation level required; additional coursework may be required.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Option
Doctoral study in Human Factors & Ergnomics is intended for students interested in academic research and scholarship who seek to become professors.
Our faculty and students’ research cover a vast range of topics. Theses have investigated how to design haptic technology to augment virtual reality and even the impact that weather and infrastructure design has on the mobility of people with impaired vision.
The HFE program and faculty also have connections to labs and centers beyond the College of Design:
- Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory
- Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science
- Center for Cognitive Sciences
- Cognitive Science Center
- Engel Vision & Imaging Lab
- HumanFIRST Laboratory
- Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
- Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research
- GroupLens Center for Social Computing Research
- Illusioneering Laboratory