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Aviation Human Factors, M.S.

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, and a final program examination as required by graduate policy..


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 (36 credit hours) program of study, or nonthesis (36 credit hours) program of study that includes a final program examination.

Summary of Program Requirements

  • Core requirements Credit Hours: 12
  • Thesis (6 credit hours of thesis and 18 credit hours of additional coursework) Credit Hours: 24
  • Nonthesis (24 credit hours of additional coursework and the final program examination) Credit Hours: 24

Thesis Requirements

Nonthesis Requirements

Total Credits Required (both options): 36