Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors—MS, PhD
- According to a 2005 salary survey conducted by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the mean annual base salary is approximately $92K for a master's level profession and $105K for persons holding a doctorate. Doctoral-level consultants are reported as earning an average of $175K annually.
- Expertise in Michigan Tech's Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences is in the areas of human memory, perception, attention, and cognition.
- Current research projects include work in human-robot interaction, interface design, multi-modal display design, data visualization, cognitive-perceptual performance assessment, transportation systems, computer automated systems, covert communication strategies, detection of deception (polygraph), human performance modeling, and STEM education.
Graduate Programs in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Michigan Technological University’s new 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, and/or habitability.
The program is a research-intensive curriculum, which includes a core in psychology and research methods. Students select an area of specialization in which to focus their elective course work and their dissertation research. The doctoral program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours. The MS degree is acquired by completing a minimum of 32 credits including core courses and six credits of required research.