Department of Psychology

Graduate Degrees

Masters in Applied Science Human Factors and Usability Testing

Our interaction with computing technologies is rapidly changing. This change is driven by an exponential growth of technology, which is quickly resulting in smaller and less expensive computing devices. This technological growth is requiring professionals with multidisciplinary backgrounds (Psychology, Business, Marketing, Communications, Computer Science, Design, etc.) . Our curriculum focuses on producing business professionals with this multidisciplinary education.

Which Undergraduate Majors best prepare you for a Human Factors Graduate Program?

  • Engineering (Industrial, Mechanical or Electrical)
  • Computer Science, Informatics, Information Technology
  • Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology
With a master’s degree in Human Factors & Usability Testing you are qualified to work with major employers such as telecommunications companies (e.g., Sprint, AT&T), software companies (e.g., Microsoft, Google), automobile companies (e.g., Toyota, General Motors), and the military. Human Factors specialists conduct research, perform analyses and make recommendations to:

  • Design products.
  • Reduce human error.
  • Increase productivity and reduce fatigue.
  • Improve work environments.
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The Fall 2015 class is full.

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Western's Human Factors and Usability Program is officially designated as a Professional Science Master's degree