Engineering psychology examines the capacities and limitations of the human to sense, store and process information, and the use of this information in performance. This knowledge is applied to the design, use and maintenance of human/machine systems. Students will be trained in the application of experimental psychology to contemporary problems in industry, design and technology.
Engineering psychologists are interested in why performance might be changed by the use of technology. For instance, a new interface for controlling the radio in a vehicle may cause errors because a control is too sensitive for human-motor performance or because the driver is confused as to how to use a button. Psychological and motor processes are both involved in the operation of such an interface, and the distinction of these processes can help identify design solutions.
The RIT MS in Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology prepares students to function as effective engineering psychologists in an industrial, governmental or consulting organization. The program also provides a foundation for further advanced academic study in Engineering Psychology, Human Factors, or Experimental Psychology.
Admissions Requirements as follows :
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work.
- Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years.
- Two letters of reference from professors or supervisors.
- Biographical statement describing the applicant's experience and goals for the program.
- A completed RIT MS Program Application.
Applicants are expected to have 20 quarter hours (or 15 semester hours) of course work in undergraduate Psychology, including one course in experimental psychology and another in statistics.
These criteria may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you have any questions. Prospective students can apply to start in any of the 4 quarters, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Financial Aid. Partial tuition waiver and assistantships are available which should be requested upon application
For more information contact:
Department of Psychology
George Eastman Building
18 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester , NY 14623-2765