Department of Psychology

MAS: Human Factors and Usability Testing FAQ

What are the admissions requirements?
To be admitted to graduate studies at Western, an applicant must complete an Application for Graduate Admission. Admission to the program requires successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a score of 450 or higher on the quantitative section of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and a score of not less than 400 on any section of the GRE. Preference will be given to students with majors in a human factors related field (psychology, business, anthropology, engineering, computer science, technical communication or graphic design), although any major will be considered. If you already have an MBA degree from an accredited university you will only need to complete the Human Factors coursework (i.e., the MAS Core, business coursework, is waived).
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Why should I choose this program?
Deciding which graduate program to enroll in is not a decision to be taken lightly. We believe the MAS HFUT program at MWSU is one of the best choices you can make if you are interested in having a meaningful career in the shortest amount of time. Here are 10 reasons we believe this.
What resources will I have to help me?
We partner with local organizations such as St. Joseph Transit, Code for Kansas City, and The Kansas City Public Library. These organizations bring us their real world usability problems for solutions developed by our students.
Why Aren't You Admitting New Students?
Our program has been highly successful under the founding director, Jeremiah Still (now at Old Dominion University), and recently under Jo Elliott. Over the last year, however, we have been unable to attract a quality faculty member to expand the expertise in this area. Without multiple faculty to support a program the program just is not viable long term. Therefore the difficult decision was made to suspend admissions to the program until we are able to hire two new faculty with expertise in this area.

Our students work with the same software and hardware that is industry standard. We also partner with local recruiters such as Jackson Blake Staffing to give our students the competitive edge.