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The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human. — John Naisbitt

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • According to a 2013 salary survey conducted by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, mean total annual salary is approximately $105K for a master's level professionals and $136K for persons holding a doctorate. Doctoral-level consultants are reported as earning an average of $209K annually.
  • Expertise in Michigan Tech's Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences is in the areas of usability, decision making, perception, attention, and computational modeling.
  • Current research projects include topics in usability and user-experience (UX), human-computer interaction, data visualization, human performance assessment, decision support systems, transportation systems, risk analysis and risk communication, sonification, physiological measurement, intelligent-tutoring systems, and STEM education.

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Graduate Programs in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors

Michigan Technological University’s PhD program in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors provides a strong scientific basis in human subjects research and the core areas of cognitive science necessary to skillfully undertake research on the interface of human behavior and technological systems. Human Factors is a multi-disciplinary science focusing on the needs of the human in the design of products, work processes, and technology systems in an effort to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

The graduate program is offered by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. The program integrates the knowledge of human experts (cognitive scientists) and built systems experts (computer scientists and engineers) in an effort to optimize human performance, health, safety, well-being, and/or sustainability.

The research-intensive curriculum provides a wide breadth of training for scientist-practitioners, including a core in psychology, research methods and quantitative modeling. Students select an area of specialization in which to focus their elective course work and their research. The doctoral program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours. The MS degree requires a minimum of 32 credits.

Learn more about applied cognitive science and human factors at Michigan Tech.