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Engineering Psychology advanced certificate

Esa Rantanen, Associate Professor

Program overview

The advanced certificate in engineering psychology provides students with core knowledge in the key areas of engineering psychology, as well as an opportunity to study particular topics in greater depth through electives. The advanced certificate provides students with formal recognition of their knowledge in engineering psychology and establishes a credential for seeking a career in the human factors/ergonomics field. The certificate consists of five courses. Students must earn at least a B in each course. Students enrolled in the MS degree in experimental psychology can be awarded the advanced certificate by taking the required courses as part of their master's program.


Engineering psychology, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
PSYC-712 Graduate Cognition 3
PSYC-714 Graduate Engineering Psychology 3
PSYC-715 Graduate Perception 3
  PSYC Elective or Institute Elective* 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 15

* Any graduate level course except PSYC/SPSY-640, 642.


The following electives may be chosen. With approval of the advanced certificate coordinator, other relevant graduate courses may also be chosen as electives.

HCIN-610 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
HCIN-620 Information and Interaction Design
HCIN-630 Usability Testing
HCIN-700 Current Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
HCIN-705 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction for Biomedical Informatics
HCIN-715 Agent-based and Cognitive Modeling
HCIN-720 Designing User Experiences for Internet-enabled Devices
HCIN-722 Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices
HCIN-730 User-Centered Design Methods
HCIN-735 Collaboration, Technology, and the Human Experience
ISEE-730 Biomechanics
ISEE-731 Advanced Topics Human Factors
ISEE-732 Systems Safety Engineering
PSYC-716 Graduate Social Psychology

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in engineering psychology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Have a minimum of 15 semester hours of course work in undergraduate psychology or a related field (e.g., engineering, computer science, information technology), including one course in experimental psychology and one course in statistics.
  • Submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s experience and goals regarding the certificate.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Scores from the GRE are not required. However, they may be beneficial for some students.

Additional information

Prerequisite courses

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.

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at