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Human Factors

Explore your individual interests and the interactions of humans and technology through a wide range of research training, testing of design systems and environments.

Impact Human Interactions with Technology

Human factors is about making our world run smoothly. These professionals explore the interaction of humans and technology, testing the designs of systems, tasks, machines, tools and environments in order to enhance efficiency, ease of use, safety and productivity.

As a human factors student at USD, you will conduct and administer applied psychological research and serve as human factors and ergonomics specialists for organizations such as the U.S. military, the Federal Aviation Administration, technology start-up firms, top companies such as Oracle and Microsoft, and universities including Michigan State and George Mason. 

Your research will be conducted with faculty who are experts and leaders in their field. Current research programs include driving and aging, interface design for educational technology, risk perception and decision making, motivation and engagement during video gameplay, traffic safety and measures of mental workload.

Prepare to make an impact on human interactions with technology as a human factors student at USD.   

Degrees & Offerings

Psychology: Human Factors (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

The master's degree in human factors psychology requires 30-36 credit hours and is offered in a thesis or non-thesis program of study. The non-thesis track is offered as a terminal master's degree. The thesis-track master's may be earned in the process of completing your Ph.D. degree.

Accelerated Psychology: Human Factors (M.A.)

Major + Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

If you are a current USD undergraduate student who would like to begin a master's degree while completing your bachelor's degree, you may apply and begin the program after completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours.

Psychology: Human Factors (Ph.D.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

The human factors Ph.D. requires 84 credit hours of core psychology and human factors coursework, electives and a dissertation. With over 30 credit hours of elective coursework, you can easily customize your degree completion plan to align with your career goals.

Psychology: Human Factors (M.A./J.D.)

Master's + Doctorate
  Vermillion Main Campus

Students who are already enrolled in the USD Knudson School of Law and who have sufficient background in psychology may qualify for this concurrent degree leading to the M.A. in Psychology.

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Graduate Admissions

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in psychology.
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Expand your understanding of the human mind and behavior as you develop strengths in research, critical thinking, advocacy and service.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of Psychology. Our faculty serve as experts in their fields and maintain active research involving laboratory-based research, survey studies and/or community-based field research.
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Douglas Peterson

Chair, Psychology
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Jan Berkhout

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Chris Berghoff

Assistant Professor
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Beth Boyd

Director, Clinical Psych Prog
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Jean Caraway

Associate Professor
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BreAnne Danzi

Assistant Professor
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Sophia Gebauer

Senior Secretary
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Michael Granaas

Director, Human Factors
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Kelly Gutzman

Senior Secretary
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Logan Hale

Visiting Instructor
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Sara Lowmaster

Associate Professor
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Julie Nelsen

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Timothy Ricker

Assistant Professor
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Raluca Simons

Professor/Dir DMHI
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JongSung Yoon

Assistant Professor

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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Tuition (9 cr.)
Fees (9 cr.)
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More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

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