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Engineering Psychology

Program Description

The Advanced Certificate in Engineering Psychology (ENGPSY-ACT) is a post-baccalaureate certificate that provides the students with core knowledge in the key areas of engineering psychology (3 required courses), as well as an opportunity to study particular topics in greater depth through electives (2 open electives).

An advanced certificate provides students a formal acknowledgment of their knowledge in engineering psychology and credentials for seeking a career in the human factors/ergonomics field.

The Advanced Certificate comprises 15 credit hours of study. There are 3 required courses:

PSYC712–Graduate Cognition; 
PSYC714–Graduate Engineering Psychology; 
PSYC715–Graduate Perception.


In addition, students choose 2 electives among relevant graduate courses offered at RIT for an additional 6 semester credits from any unit at RIT offering courses relevant to the students’ interests and career aspirations, including but not limited to the following:

Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISEE)
Human-Computer Interaction (HCIN)
Computational Linguistics (ENGL)
Computer Science (CSCI)
Industrial Design (IDDE)

Other graduate courses at RIT may be taken as electives, but these must be approved by the Graduate Program Director or Department Chair.


Students may meet the prerequisite requirements either by taking the designated prerequisite courses at RIT, by having sufficient background from their undergraduate education, or if prerequisite requirements are explicitly waived by the course instructor.

This advanced certificate consists of 5 courses, amplifying the importance of each course compared to the greater variety in a M.S. degree; therefore, students must earn at least a B grade (3 grade points) in each course to earn the certificate.

The Advanced Certificate in Engineering Psychology is approved by the New York State Education Department and is administered by the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, 18 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, New York 14623-2953. For more information contact Dr. Esa Rantanen at