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Psychology M.S. with Human Factors Concentration

Interdisciplinary Psychological Science

As a Human Factors specialist from University of Houston-Clear Lake, you will be trained to utilize principles and methods associated with Cognitive Psychology to design and improve human-machine interfaces, technology, and equipment. Human Factors is interdisciplinary, combining elements of engineering, computing, and psychology, and can be applied to software engineering, interface design, product development, industrial engineering, instructional technology, industrial safety, architecture, and medical technology.

The keystone of the application of Human Factors to these industries is the utilization and implementation of User-Centered Design, a process that insures the requirements of the ultimate user of the technology (a human) are integrated into the design and construction of the technology itself. The proliferation of technology in industry has generated an increased demand for professionals with knowledge of the process and methods associated with Human Factors.

Build Valuable Skills for a Hands-On Career

This program allows many opportunities for you to receive hands-on experience through coursework, laboratory research, and collaborations with industrial partners. Currently, the UHCL program is one of few terminal Master's programs accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics society in the nation and is directly aimed at preparing you for a career in industry. As a Human Factors professional, you will be prepared to assume such roles as Human Factors Specialist, UI/UX Developer or Engineer, and Human Computer Interaction Specialist. Additionally, graduates are prepared for the Board Certified Professional Ergonomist exam.

This program is designed for all backgrounds and a degree in psychology is not a requirement for admission. Many of the alumni of this program had previous non-psychology undergraduate degrees such as engineering, computer science/engineering, architecture, and medicine.


Admission Requirements

So, have we convinced you that University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities is the next step in your pursuit of academic success? Learn what it takes to be admitted to help you reach your educational goals.


  • Psychology M.S. with Human Factors Concentration
  • Admission Deadline
    Fall Enrollment (Early Review) - February 1
    Fall Enrollment - (Final Deadline) - May 1
  • Application
    Apply online through GoApplyTexas.org for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.
  • Requirements
    Program Description and Admissions Requirements

    Students wishing to enroll in the Human Factors Concentration must formally apply. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the faculty coordinator, Dr. Nicholas Kelling.

    • 3.5 GPA obtain in the last 60 hours
    • If below a 3.5 GPA, use the Admission Formula:
      • (Last 60 GPA X 24) + Verbal GRE Score + Quantitative GRE Score = 350 or above we admit
    • GRE Requirements:
      • For Fall 2022 only, the GRE will be waived. The GRE waiver will be automatically applied after successful submission of the admission application.
      • If the last 60-hour GPA is below a 3.5, student admission files will be sent to the program for individual review. Students may still submit a GRE and use the admission formula to gain acceptance into the program. 
      • If planning to apply for a future semester, the GRE may be waived with a 3.5 GPA obtained in the last 60 credit hours or hold a doctorate degree.
      • If required, General GRE Exam, www.gre.org.
      • UHCL GRE Code: 6916
  • Transcripts
    Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.

    Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.


Degree Requirements

This degree has a specific set of courses you’ll need to complete before you can graduate from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Learn more about the classes that will help you complete the requirements of this degree. 

Psychology, Human Factors Concentration, M.S.


Cost Information

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Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Accreditations and Distinctions

The Human Factors Certificate and the Human Factors concentration in the M.S. Psychology program are both accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


Psychology M.S. with Human Factors Concentration Faculty

Nicholas Kelling

Nicholas Kelling

Associate Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3443
Email: kelling@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.08

Nicholas Kelling Faculty Bio

Steven Sutherland
Steven Sutherland

Steven Sutherland

Associate Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3474
Email: sutherland@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2233.08

Steven Sutherland Faculty Bio