Master's in Human Factors in Aviation

8229
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8229 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

Human factors refers to the field of study that attempts to identify the principles of human/machine interaction, and applies these principles to the design and operation of engineered systems. Thus, the field is both a rigorous research domain rooted in cognitive, physiological and engineering theory, and an applied science with an intimate and direct connection to the operational world.

Although the range of engineered systems of interest in human factors is very wide, this degree concentrates on aviation-related human factors studies. Such studies range from aircraft cockpit design and aircraft maintenance methods and procedures to complex ground-based entities such as the National Airspace System. Human factors is now recognized as an indispensable component of systems design and evaluation, accident investigation and prevention, simulation, training, procedures development and system performance testing. Considerable research is being conducted in this field by government and private entities around the world.

In addition to its advantageous location on the Space Coast, Florida Tech has significant university assets that enhance its potential for aviation human factors research and education.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors program must have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution of acceptable academic standing. Some aviation background or education is desirable. Deficiencies may be made up through courses taken at the university concurrent with the aviation human factors program coursework.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors is conferred on students completing the selected degree requirements as specified below.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved coursework. Students have the option of either a thesis or nonthesis program of study.

Summary of Program Requirements
  • Core requirements Credit Hours: 9
  • Additional coursework Credit Hours: 21
  • Thesis (maximum) Credit Hours: 6
  • Nonthesis (six credit hours of research) Credit Hours: 6
Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
  • AHF 5101 Human Factors in Man-Machine Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5991 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 0
Thesis Requirements
  • AHF 5999 Thesis Research
    Credit Hours: 6
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Core Requirements Credit Hours: 9
  • Additional Coursework Credit Hours: 21
Nonthesis Requirements
  • AHF 5990 Directed Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5208 Advanced Aviation Safety Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Core Requirements Credit Hours: 9
  • Additional Coursework (minimum) Credit Hours: 21
Total Credits Required (both options): 36
Typical Thesis Graduate Program Plan
  • AHF 5101 Human Factors in Man-Machine Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5201 Human Performance 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5202 Human Performance 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5302 Human-Computer Interaction
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5991 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5999 Thesis Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVM 5101 Legal and Ethical Issues in Aviation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5201 Aviation Meteorology Theory and Practice
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5203 Impact of Aviation on Human Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5205 Aviation Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 0
Typical Nonthesis Graduate Program Plan
  • AHF 5101 Human Factors in Man-Machine Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5201 Human Performance 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5202 Human Performance 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5302 Human-Computer Interaction
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5990 Directed Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AHF 5991 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVM 5101 Legal and Ethical Issues in Aviation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5201 Aviation Meteorology Theory and Practice
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5203 Impact of Aviation on Human Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5205 Aviation Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 5208 Advanced Aviation Safety Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 0